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July 30, 2020 - SEMLM Summer Event

Collaborating with SE MN Organizations through

SE MN Together

From Vacation to Relocation:
Using Tourism to Attract New Residents 

This will be an online convening. Registration is required. A link will be sent to preregistered participants prior to the event. See registration link below.

The COVID 19 pandemic has revealed that some jobs are more mobile than previously thought. At the same time, visits to outdoor amenities are on the rise, bringing visitors to Greater Minnesota. Tourism is known to have a "halo effect" of inspiring positive sentiments among tourists about a community after visiting. This opens up an opportunity for communities outside of major metros to position their towns as relocation destinations. This event will explore the tie between tourism and new resident attraction, and provide a platform for participants to consider actions their town can undertake.


12:45 Login and breakout networking for participants 

1:00-1:30 Keynote: Ben Winchester, University of Minnesota Extension 


1:30-2:30 Emerging and Best Practices  

 Gabby Kinneburg and Cathy Enerson, Preston Livability Project 

 Melissa Streich, “Get Rural” initiative, regional resident recruitment

·Benya Krause, Lead for Minnesota’s proposed resident attraction website (Go Greater)


2:30-2:40 Networking and Refresh Break 

2:40-3:15 Activating New Ideas (breakout small group discussions)​

3:15-3:30 Report Out and Wrap Up 


Register at no cost:  


Thank you to all our fellow collaborators of this event, and to SE MN Together for handling the registration process and arranging for sponsorships to make this available to everyone.


The SEMLM Board wants you all to know we are looking forward to when we can have face-to-face SEMLM meetings again. Our SEMLM events are always so fun, full of conversations around the meeting space, as well as laughter, food, and great learning sessions.  


This July 30th online session brings us together in small conversational groups for discussions, too, so be sure to stay through the afternoon to enjoy those.