Region Five Five Counties. One Vision. One Source Links & Resources
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It's been two years since Sprout's Grand Opening in April 2016. Since that time, the indoor winter markets have brought in 113 vendors and over 2900 shoppers. The food hub has sold $347,000 worth of produce sourced from over 80 local growers who operate small farms.  

Want to learn more? Check out the report below. And visit Sprout at



A special thanks to the 120-plus business leaders who joined us on Wednesday April 11 to kick off the Talent Advantage Series. We had an incredibly well-rounded workfoce disucssion filled with deep data, challenges, solutions and more. Statewide demographics show the acute regional shortage is going to be with us for at least a generation. And it's efforts like this, where broad cross-section of people come together for purposeful conversations, that help to surface solutions. Special thanks to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce for joining us. 

Additional Talent Advantage Series partners include Brainerd Lakes Chamber, Initiative Foundation, RMCEP Little Falls Jobs, National Joint Powers Alliance and The Good Life.


Did you miss the Talent Advantage workshop on April 11? Here are PowerPoints with some great information from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Hidden Talent Pools

Region 5 Labor Market

Talent Quest



Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace

Much is happening at Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace


Thanks in part to a grant from Artplace America, there is much to see at the Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace in Little Falls.


Indoor Winter Markets- featuring over 30 local growers and makers, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, tasty samples, and food vendors


Unique art pieces by local artists,  Business Classes for Growers and Makers, Cultural Cooking Classes, Parties with Purpose, and MORE! 


To learn more, visit or Artplace-Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace Place-based Transformation.

Watch here to see inside the Marketplace- March 2017 Marketplace.