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Boundary Waters Connect connects people and resources in ways that grow our local Wilderness-edge economies and makes our communities more vibrant.  

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Who we are

Boundary Waters Connect supports economic development and quality of life enhancements within northeastern Minnesota’s Wilderness-edge communities by:

  • Identifying instances of successful in-migration and sharing the unique narratives of wilderness edge community members.

  • Staying up to date on data, trends, and best practices among economically successful rural communities.

  • Researching governmental and non-governmental infrastructure support crucial to economic and community development in our region.

  • Building a database of resources for new residents and entrepreneurs.

  • Providing opportunities for collaborations across economic sectors.

Current Boundary Waters Connect initiatives include:

  • New resident recruitment – We are initiating and supporting activities that build on the extraordinary quality of life and recreational amenities in northeast Minnesota.

  • Community events and organizations – We sponsor Ely’s popular Tuesday Lunch Group, a community-focused weekly speaker series covering topics of interest to area residents, and which periodically features new residents who share their reasons for moving to the area in a warm and welcoming forum.

  • Supporting local businesses – We collaborate with local businesses through resource sharing and networking, and anticipate hosting programming designed to attract, strengthen, and retain local business.

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