Community Assets Attract and Retain Young People


“Wherever there are effective community development efforts, those efforts are based upon an understanding, or map, of the community’s assets, capacities and abilities”

Considering the sale of MNGL, look at the upper right quadrant of the map; those community assets that are perceived as both positive and important. Click the image to go to the article.

Isn’t it terribly myopic to consider the sale of MNGL only in the context of a budget?  Consider this, $200,000 aanually in lodging taxes spent by the VCB (Visitors & Convention Bureau, (about $10,000 of which goes directly to the City) to promote tourism.; $300,000 annual levy for the Port Authority to promote economic development.  Is MNGL not part of our tourism and economic development efforts?

Why isn’t the Port Authority, Chamber of Commerce, VCB, and Downtown Main Street, speaking publicly about the potential sale of MNGL? How do they perceive the value of MNGL? What are their concerns about  Red Wing potentially losing this property as a public open space, as a public golf course?



Filed under Accountability, Economic Development, Minnesota, Mississippi National Golf Links, Red Wing, Red Wing City Council, Red Wing Port Authority

4 responses to “Community Assets Attract and Retain Young People

  1. I mostly like this but I don’t believe that music and owning a business belong in the negative. Or that public transit, art and gathering spaces are negative even though they have an important lable. I must be reading this wrong.

  2. Finding the original introduction to this, helps me to understand.“Using an Asset-Based Community Development Initiative to Attract and Retain Young People.”
    To help identify—or map—what young people view as the assets of the community, 668 high school juniors and seniors, college freshmen, and professionals under age 40 rated the importance of 31 factors for deciding where to live. Importantly, respondents also rated their perception of how well the Gogebic Range [a region on the border between Wisconsin and Michigan] offered the same factors. The results were used to create asset maps for the Gogebic Range, displaying the 31 factors on both the “importance” and “perception” dimensions.

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