Growing Data
May 2018 Newsletter
Plant Ideas.
In rural areas ( communities with a population of 2,100 or less) of North Dakota there are currently 123 operating grocery stores and since 2015, 14 stores have closed. A few years ago, Lori began receiving phone calls from rural grocery operators. They were searching for grant funds for a variety of things, such as cooler replacements and heating systems upgrades. Most alarmingly, several were searching for operating funds because they were no longer able to break-even. Lori's office received so many calls that they began to wonder whether there had been a shift in the industry causing the operators to feel the financial stress. A little Internet research quickly revealed that North Dakota was not alone. Across the Heartland, rural grocery operators were struggling to keep their doors open. Why is this a concern?  Because healthy food access is the heartbeat of our rural communities. In this article, Lori Capouch, N.D. Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, with input from her colleague Neil Doty, N.C. Doty and Associates highlight two rural grocery store research studies that they have recently completed.
Spring into Data.
A variety of professionals and organizations use the term disability, but in a variety of contexts. Numerous disabilities can be identified as falling under the categories of health, physical, learning, psychological, and other cognitive impairments. By understanding the population with disabilities, community leaders can better align services to meet upcoming and/or current needs of the community.
Grow Some Knowledge.
Considering that North Dakota has the 5th lowest share of immigrants in its population with 3.2% of its population being foreign born, what percentage of Grand Forks' population was foreign born in 2016 ?
 
Freshen Up Your Resources.
Want to know what's going on in North Dakota cities with populations of at least 1,000?  Check out the 2018 North Dakota City ProfilesCity Profiles give you a snapshot of a community and contain data across ND Compass topic areas plus additional topics such as immigration and transportation.
Ideas Blossom.
You're invited to spend the afternoon with industry experts as they address today's most pressing small business challenges. Attend the workshops for strategies and techniques to start or buy a business, develop a business plan, find capital and grow your business. Stop by resource tables for one-on-one visits. This event is FREE and open to the public.

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