What kinds of state policies, public investments, business incentives, and local initiatives will work best to strengthen Greater Minnesota communities, revitalize local economies, and reduce inequality, poverty, and racial disparity? That question has risen to the top in Minnesota’s public policy debate, amid evidence of stagnation in rural regions and a widening metro-rural divide in the state and nation. Answering the question will be ... Read More
Southwest Minnesota shows the way on rural education equity Our latest commentary in MinnPost describes "Grow Our Own" an impressive new regional effort in southwestern Minnesota to improve education outcomes and close opportunity gaps in an increasingly diverse corner of our state. Watch for related news and developments early in 2017 with our Minnesota Rural Equity Project, an initiative funded by the Blandin Foundation, and aimed at both inf... Read More
Courtesy of the Southwest Initiative Foundation Robert Putnam held a large southwestern Minnesota audience in thrall in Marshall recently with searing stories and scary statistics about widening inequalities and dying dreams in small-town Midwestern America. MINNPOST Celebrated author and social scientist Robert Putnam, at times almost sputtering with intensity, held a large southwestern Minnesota audience in thrall in Mar... Read More
ST. PAUL, MN – Kimberly Lowe has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors of Growth & Justice (G&J), a non-partisan, nonprofit, policy research and advocacy organization committed to more equitable economic growth for Minnesota. “We have daunting challenges ahead of us as we try to develop public policies that benefit all Minnesotans, rural and urban, rich and poor,” Lowe said. “Growth & Justice is an imp... Read More
Dear Friends, Our new initiative for revitalizing Greater Minnesota and reducing economic and racial disparities in rural regions was highlighted in a recent news story published by Forum Communications, a multimedia newsgroup with a broad reach in rural communities. In the article, Growth & Justice President Dane Smith makes the case that Greater Minnesota needs more and smarter public investment in basic infrastructure, including transpor... Read More
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