Strong Towns is hosting several events on the Iron Range today.

Curbside Chat

Time: 4pm

Location: Barr Engineering (3128 14th Ave E, Hibbing)

Strong Towns is leading a series of in-depth, community-centered conversations in the Minnesota Iron Range. Hibbing will be the second stop in this Curbside Chat+ week long event.

Strong Towns staff, including President, Charles Marohn (a lifelong resident of northern Minnesota), will lead a discussion about why our communities are struggling financially and how to fix that. The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. The standard approach to economic growth—which often involves injecting outside funds in the hopes of catalyzing development—is not working and has left the Iron Range with financial challenges and unemployment.

Strong Towns will highlight creative ways to build better places and create more job opportunities, all while utilizing the assets that already exist in the community. This is a model that has proven to be successful in other towns throughout the country.

All members of the community are invited to attend this free, public event to participate in discussions about the alternative economy and the Strong Towns approach. 


Tour of Iron Range Makerspace

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Old VFW Hall in Hibbing (704 W. 41st St)

Join Andrew Hanegmon, a founder of Iron Range Makerspace, along with Strong Towns staff for a tour of the potential new home of the Makerspace. The whole community is invited.


Also in Hibbing, tomorrow:

Downtown Walking Tour

Time: Wednesday, May 18, 9:30a.m.  

Location: Meet at Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce (211 East Howard Street)

Join Strong Towns President, Chuck Marohn, for a walking tour of downtown Hibbing. We'll observe things that are working well and how small, incremental, low-cost improvements could make a big difference for people and businesses downtown. 

(Top photo by UniquelyMinnesota.com)