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. 


Recent Iron Range Stories:


Recent media coverage of Strong Towns on the Iron Range

There are a lot of people [on the Iron Range] who are doing artistic, cultural things along with some cool business owners. These are the foundational building blocks of a really great place. These are the foundational building blocks of community wealth.
— Chuck Marohn


Iron Range Events

The Iron Range events were sponsored by the IRRRB and the Blandin Foundation.