MinnPost's coverage of economic vitality in Greater Minnesota explores the economic issues, and opportunities, that affect the region — examining the role that government, nonprofits, businesses, community leaders and individuals can play in addressing them. The effort is led by Gregg Aamot, a veteran journalist who has reported from every part of Minnesota during his career.
Since the Cuyuna Lakes mountain bike trails opened, job growth in Crosby and the neighboring town of Ironton has been double that of the surrounding region. Last year, an estimated 185,000 people visited the area.
Southwest Minnesota represents the “canary in the coal mine” when it comes to the state's looming economic and workforce issues, offering a sneak peak at the challenges — and opportunies — for communities throughout Greater Minnesota.