36 counties: Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Douglas, Faribault, Freeborn, Grant, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Waseca, Watonwan, Wilkin, Yellow Medicine
Target Industries: Renewable Energy, Agriculture and related Manufacturing sectors, Bioscience
The Minnesota Ag-Innovation Triangle is a rural part of the state that is transitioning from a traditional commodities base to a value-added agriculture economy for alternative energy and biosciences. Newly enacted state renewable energy requirements, as well as new technologies, productivity and competition are driving change. These fields require a strong education foundation in math and science, post-secondary education, and proficiencies in the English language. Through WIRED, the Ag-Innovation Triangle's network of partners is positioned to align regional businesses, educational institutions, economic and workforce development activities.