Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.
Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.

Attract and Retain People

Destiny Driver

For the past decade, the population of Koochiching County has dropped significantly. Most of this decrease has been from 20 – 50-year-old. There are numerous reasons for the population decrease including availability of jobs, services, and amenities enjoyed by that population.

The concern for the population decline were expressed repeatedly throughout the Four Questions and the Community Survey process.

There is a strong desire to see more youth stay in our communities upon completion of their education in order to ensure the future of the area as economically viable while retaining the quality of life we hold so dear.

Additionally, the people of the Koochiching County area want new ideas and innovation from outside of the area, and more employment opportunities in varying fields.

The Four Questions and the Community Survey process also brought to light a desire by many to return to this area but a reluctance to do so due to the challenging realities of finding sustaining, meaningful employment and the lack of some amenities to which they’ve become accustomed.

The same desires were reflected during the Youth Engagement process, where students from area high schools were interviewed. The students overwhelming wanted to stay in their community but were concerned about employment opportunities and lifestyle amenities.

Key areas addressed by the Destiny Driver to diversify our population, business community, and job base by attracting and retaining people and their talents encompasses a few basic themes:

The desire of individuals to move to, or return to, the area.

  1. A community seeking to grow the younger population to inspire innovation and growth.
  2. Opportunities for meaningful employment.
  3. Availability of a variety of amenities such as: vibrant restaurant scene, specialty shopping, etc.

Stakeholders

Borderland Young Professionals, young adults, University of Minnesota Extension Office, 39-50 year olds wishing to return/relocate to Koochiching County

Outcomes

  1. Net increase in population among certain demographic
  2. Increase in skilled/educated employment opportunities
  3. Additional lifestyle amenities

Contact Driver Champion

Alysa Hackenmueller

Email : alysa.hackenmueller@nemojt.org

 

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