May 2017
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Plan Adopted by Region Nine 

With support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Region Nine has created a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan to assess south central Minnesota’s vulnerability to climate change and create strategies for the region to adapt to climate change. Region Nine, working in tandem with a Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, identified eight top priority sectors to prioritize the planning process: agriculture, water, human health, energy, transportation, forests, ecosystems, and business and economy. The result of the planning process was real, actionable strategies that can be used as a guide to initiate discussions and begin a planning process in Region Nine communities. On Wednesday, May 10 the Region Nine Board of Directors formally adopted the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan for the region. 

Region Nine also received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health to conduct a rapid Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on the Region Nine Climate Change Adaptation Plan strategies. The HIA was completed in conjunction with the development of the adaptation plan, with the goal of ensuring that the strategies developed would be health-focused before implementation. By conducting the HIA during the Climate Change Adaptation Plan’s development, greater efficiencies were created in terms of addressing strategy-specific health-related issues that could be avoided at the start, rather than discovering them after the strategies had already been implemented.
Announcing Social Media Breakfast - Mankato
Starting Friday, June 9
Region Nine Development Commission has partnered with Otto Media Group and Minnesota State University, Mankato to bring Social Media Breakfast to Mankato. 

Social Media Breakfast-Mankato  brings together social media practitioners and enthusiasts for mornings of eating, meeting, sharing, and learning about all things social media. Starting June 9th, these events will be held the second Friday of the month from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. at the Center for Excellence and Innovation, 424 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato.  
Innovation Starts with Collaboration
 Help southern Minnesota become a global leader in medical manufacturing.

Connecting medical device manufacturers to resources will enable the region to become a global leader in the medical device industry. 

The MedTech Connect project will examine the readiness of the region to support a medical device manufacturing cluster. Also, this project will create a medical manufacturing cohort consisting of manufacturing firms, users of medical devices, health care experts, and economic developers. The cohort, working with Region Nine, will develop actionable tactics for the recruitment and retention of medical device manufacturers for the region.

To find out how you can play a role in the MedTech Connect project,
contact Brent Pearson at (507) 389-8867 or
Plain Language, Grammar and Tie Pose Workshop

Join us on June 20 to learn about the latest trends in plain language and to explore real-world examples of great (and terrible) writing. This one-hour workshop will help you create clear, simple messages that are easy to understand and free of typos!

This workshop will be fast-paced and fun, and the content is appropriate for people at any skill level. Please invite your communications peers and anyone else who produces written content.

Presenter: Brian Lieb, A leader for clear communications

Tuesday, June 20
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Public Safety Building
303 S. State Street
Waseca, MN

$$ Grant Opportunities $$
Rural Entrepreneurial Venture 
Selected Rural Entrepreneurial Venture (REV) communities will undergo an intensive three-year journey to jump-start their
community’s entrepreneurial potential and ultimately grow their own wealth. This process goes  beyond a focus on entrepreneurs and business owners themselves, and instead engages the broader community in a multi-year implementation process to create a long-term entrepreneurial  ecosystem.

Deadline: July 14, 2017

Apprenticeship Workforce Grants 
Minnesota employers can apply for a grant beginning May 10 to help them develop a registered apprenticeship program to recruit, train and retain their 21st century highly skilled workforce.

Approved applicants receive funds to offset their costs related to program development, instruction and supplies. Recipients can receive up to $5,000 for each registered apprentice.

Deadline: June 14, 2017
Calendar of Events
May 24: Office Closed - Memorial Day
June 14: Board of Directors Meeting