Live Learn Earn is an initiative that began in Scott County, MN in 2015. We embarked on a journey to look at the collective and interconnected impacts of the areas of housing, workforce, education, and transportation on the well-being and sustained economic vitality of local residents. By taking an integrated approach to align existing programs and resources, we hope to gain:
A comprehensive understanding of current programs, services, initiatives, and investments surrounding these issues
Development of a local vision and action plan that addresses these issues as a system, rather than as isolated problems
Potential cost savings by joint collaboration
With lack of transportation options and congestion expected to increase on the regional transportation system, additional burden is anticipated for commuters both coming and going in Scott County.
It is important to look at housing across a person’s lifecycle. Renter or homeowner, homeless or in the market for executive housing, it's imperative to have a variety of housing options available.
Significant job growth, low state and local unemployment rates, retiring workers, changing demographics ~ a number of factors are contributing to employer difficulties finding skilled workers to fill local area jobs.
Today's third graders are Scott County's future workforce, yet in 2015 a third of our 3rd graders were not reading at grade level. Future achievement is predictable by grade 3, and maintaining status quo has a cost.