(Mankato, MN) – Several southern Minnesota communities have been recognized as telecommuter-friendly by Governor Tim Walz.
The governor issued a proclamation earlier this month that recognized 23 communities around the state for their commitment to coordinating and partnering with broadband providers, realtors, economic development professionals, and others to promote the availability of telecommuting options in their regions.
Among those communities receiving recognition were Lake Crystal, Madelia, Martin County, and Windom.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear how important it is for the state to support telecommuting capabilities,” said the governor.
The number of workers teleworking was already increasing prior to the pandemic, according to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, but jumped to nearly 45% in recent months. Data suggests that more than 1 million Minnesotans are now doing at least some work remotely, says the release.