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ENEWS: Save the date for G & J’s 20th anniversary celebration!

Date Published: 02/17/2022

Author: Erin Wilson

You are invited: Growth & Justice celebrates 20 years of good works on April 11!

Please SAVE THE DATE and join us on April 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. (via Zoom) to celebrate and honor two decades of Growth & Justice’s research and partnerships to develop and advocate for public policy that makes Minnesota's economy more prosperous and fairer for all Minnesotans. The event features reflections forward through the lenses of the Minnesota Equity Blueprint and the pathways to becoming a multicultural, anti-racist state where growth & justice abide for all. 

Hear from envoys to Minnesota’s present day and future -- our diverse and talented young people -- in the ways they are making their communities better places in which to live and work. Join in their discussions organized across the intersecting topics of the Equity Blueprint -- human capital, economic development, infrastructure, and environmental resilience.

This statewide event also features insights useful today on the policy development and democracy trends over the last 20 years, offered by Growth & Justice’s current and past leaders, including Jane Leonard and Dane Smith. 

Watch for more guest speakers to be announced soon! This virtual event is free but requires registration at this link. Tickets will become available on March 1st. Contributions in honor of Growth & Justice’s 20th anniversary are welcome at https://www.growthandjustice.org/support.

Reflecting on G & J’s influential publications: Smart Investments in Transportation for Minnesota (2011)

In honor of our 20th anniversary celebration this spring, we’re putting together a timeline of the most influential Growth & Justice policy publications over the years. In each week’s e-news, we’ll feature a notable past publication for your review and reflection. This week will focus on Smart Investments in Transportation for Minnesota (2011). 

Smart Investments in Transportation for Minnesota recommended policies and practices to improve public transportation, including accessibility, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and reliability. The report was a result of a multi-year project built on “guidance from leaders and experts across the state” and “using evidence and analysis to identify options that can spur economic growth, expand prosperity and improve our quality of life,” (Smart Investments in Transportation for Minnesota, 2011, p. 2). The report laid out four main goals: 1) improve travel time and efficiency for freight, 2) better connect low-income Minnesotans to jobs and other important destinations, 3) improve travel and travel choices for Minnesotans, and 4) reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. It also emphasizes equity across improvements in both rural and metropolitan areas. 

Democracy, Voter Rights & Suppression, and Redistricting

It’s redistricting week in Minnesota— but neither the Minnesota House or Senate will pass new map lines after missing the February 15th deadline. Instead, a panel of judges will decide the state’s new maps. You can read all about it in this MinnPost article. The new maps were released Tuesday, which you can read about in the Star Tribune (or any other local news outlet). The article says the panel “favored a plan that made the least changes necessary to accommodate the population shifts that took place during the past decade” and “with the most dramatic geographic changes occurring in two swing districts in the southern half of the state.”


“Transportation affects the economic outlook for Minnesota and both the economic well-being and quality of life for the state’s workers and residents. Economic growth and development are influenced and shaped by smart, cost-effective public-sector invest- ments in the transportation system. Minnesota busi- nesses use the state’s transportation system to connect to workers, suppliers and customers and to link to the larger economies of the nation and the world. For the people of Minnesota, a well-designed, quality trans- portation system provides routes to jobs and other key destinations – especially important for Minnesotans with low incomes.”Smart Investments in Transportation for Minnesota (2011), p. 2 

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