In fact, if we don’t take the lead on these partnerships and do it for ourselves, we’ll be forced to do it under less than ideal circumstances.
We’ve seen the havoc wreaked on local governments by cuts to local government aid. We’re seeing an aging population that will need more services to be paid for by a smaller, less prosperous, and perhaps, less generous younger generation.
The assets are in place for these kind of partnerships. Greater Mankato, as a higher education hub, has more potential than many other areas. We must ask ourselves: Are we willing to take the risks necessary to reach our potential?