With aging populations and labor shortages in many industries, it is important for rural areas to welcome all residents and provide opportunities for everyone to prosper regardless of backgrounds. Due to the critical nature of equity improvements, MADO has designed strategies throughout the DevelopMN with an equity-focused lens; and the goal to achieve a more equitable economy and a more sustainable environment for all Minnesotans in every region of the state.
Initiatives surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion seek to engage stakeholders in discussions and programs that can assist communities to embrace and celebrate diversity.
Examples of the impacts made by RDOs include:
Rural Equity Learning Community
In 2018, RNDC and partners launched a new initiative, Rural Equity Learning Community, to convene 45 regional stakeholders in a regional learning cohort to share, examine, and explore inclusive best practices through education and relationship-building to facilitate capacity for local community action. Participants represent five communities and engage in a range of small and large group interactive discussions.