Community Conversations

A free prime rib meal was a good way to get 37 people from McHenry County to a meeting at Towner last evening.  The NDSU Extension Service & the Bush Foundation partnered to hold Community Conversations with people in ND & SD to talk about state issues that affect our daily lives.  They plan 80 sessions across the 2 states with similar discussions in Minnesota. 

list-of-ideas.jpgWe were given 9 issues (click to enlarge pictures) & by voting many times we narrowed it down to small group discussions on Demographic Changes & how we can improve this issue.  Some ideas that got higher votes were 1.  Workforce diversity-train/improve.  2. Recruit young population  3.  Improve image of state.  4.  Funding infrastructure.  Some incentives to attract people to ND are good pay & cheaper housing. 

group-at-mtg.jpggail-gette.jpgJanice Buchholz, Shirley Nitz, Phyllis Zimmerman, Bill Goodwin & myself attended from Anamoose.  Gayle Gette, facilitator from Cando, is traveling ND for the Bush Foundation.   Organizers for McHenry County were Callie Johnson &Raquel Dugan-Dibble, McHenry County Extension Agents. 

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