From May 16-20, 2016, Strong Towns led a weeklong series of community conversations in the Iron Range region of Minnesota.
During this week, Strong Towns staff traveled the length of the Iron Range to discuss why these 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 highlighted creative ways to build better places and create more job opportunities, all while utilizing the assets that already exist in the community.