economy

Ridgewater brings $170 million to area’s economy, study says

November 20, 2018

Ridgewater brings $170 million to area’s economy, study says
WILLMAR — Ridgewater College contributes more than $170 million to the region’s economy, according to a study by the Minnesota State system of public colleges and universities. The study indicates the college also contributes 1,456 jobs to the area, according to a news release from Ridgewater. “At Ridgewater College, our top priority is the success of our students and alumni, but our college also plays a vital role in both the state and regional economies,” Craig Johnson,

Willmar Lakes Area expects economic boost from Governor’s Fishing Opener

May 5, 2018

Willmar Lakes Area expects economic boost from Governor’s Fishing Opener
WILLMAR — The Willmar Lakes Area is hoping to not only catch some big fish during the 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener but also a big positive impact on the region, both in terms of dollars and in publicity. “Historically, the fishing opener weekend is the kickoff to the busy tourism season, and this media exposure will help boost awareness of our area,” said Beth Fischer, executive director of the Willmar Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Annually, more than

Apprenticeship Workforce Grants Available to Help Employers Develop Highly-Skilled Workforce

May 22, 2017

Apprenticeship Workforce Grants Available to Help Employers Develop Highly-Skilled Workforce
ST. PAUL—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. The Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) targets employers in these five high-growth industries: advanced manufacturing agriculture health