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Tuesday Group

Tuesday Group is a Boundary Waters Connect sponsored community gathering that takes place weekly over the noon hour on Tuesdays at the Grand Ely Lodge.


We provide a space for people to come together and learn something new, and strive to feature speakers and topics relevant to northeast Minnesota. Tuesday group attendees are encouraged to order lunch, but ordering lunch is not required. 


Many Tuesday Group presentations are offered in a hybrid model: both in-person and live online via Zoom. Go to the Events page for information on upcoming Tuesday Group sessions. 

Recorded Tuesday Group presentations can be found below and on the Boundary Waters Connect YouTube channel

Tuesday Group: Center for Community Vitality & Creating Welcoming Communities
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Tuesday Group: Center for Community Vitality & Creating Welcoming Communities

Tuesday Group on November 2, 2021 featured John Bennet, who presented Creating Welcoming Communities: Bringing in new residents is vital to ensure the future of our rural communities in northeast Minnesota. Recruitment of residents is especially important in a tight labor market. It’s not sufficient to show new potential residents the job, they must envision their life there. John's presentation focused on activities and methods that the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality has been tackling over the past decade in communities all across the state. The talk highlights recent research on community development, economic development, and tourism that demonstrate that communities need to think about why creating welcoming communities is critical for the success of our towns and regions. This presentation includes an introduction by David Miller, as well as comments from two new northeastern Minnesota residents -- Rachelle and Sully, who recently moved to Makinen from northern California. About John Bennett: John has been providing Community Economics programming for the Center for Community Vitality since 2007. John has a background in public finance, community development and city and regional planning. As a Community Economics Educator, John delivers programs that address technology adoption, business and industry climate, food access, economic impact analysis, tourism issues, market and consumer analysis, public finance, and Internet literacy. In addition, he is involved with several collaborative economic development initiatives in the Arrowhead region in northeastern Minnesota.
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