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.

Community Meeting and Call to Action

Great Turnout and Positive Discussion at Economic Response Call to Action Event on September 25th at Backus

Almost 160 participants attended the Economic Response – Call to Action meeting on September 25th at Backus Community Center.  Multiple presentations were made on the current status of the Economic Response effort and accomplishments to date by Randy Lasky of the Northspan Group, facilitator for the event and process; Dr. James Benson, President Emeritus of Bemidji State University  sharing information on a similar process called Bemidji Leads which has been a successful community/area engagement effort that has made great progress and continues today; and  we heard from Mike Lundstrom, President of the Hermantown Area Chamber and one of the leaders for Advance Hermantown who spoke and shared their community process and major outcomes.  We also heard from Jay Bartkowski, area businessman and member of the Economic Response effort talking about why it’s important to engage the community and asked for participants to step up and join this effort similar to Bemidji Leads and Advance Hermantown. Also at this event, Voyage Forward initiative and web site was unveiled and explained by Sue Natysin, area banker and member of the Economic Response effort.  The outcome was a lot of good questions and discussion about why we need to do this now with almost 50 participants signed up to become Stewards and lead a similar process for Koochiching County.

The Voyage Forward Stewards will be holding their first organizational meeting on October 8th, 5:30pm at Backus.  If you are interested in participating, please join us then.  For more information please email info@voyageforward.org.

Click here for the agenda and handouts from the meeting

Event Presentations

Intro

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Bemidji Leads

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Advance Hermantown

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