Please remember to register for our 20th anniversary celebration, “Building Shared Prosperity in Minnesota,” happening on April 11th! You can now find all the information for the event (time, registration info, program/agenda, etc.) on our website under the “G & J 20th Anniversary” tab. Hover over the tab for related pages, such as the full program; a page with panelist info will be available soon, so stay tuned. The event is completely free, but you must register in order to receive the Zoom link!
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 the Minnesota Equity Blueprint (2020).
The Minnesota Equity Blueprint, released in partnership with OneMN.org, was a comprehensive policy report that provided guidance for addressing geographic and demographic disparities, creating a more inclusive economy, diminishing the divide between rural and urban Minnesotans and restoring our natural environment over the next decade in Minnesota. The Blueprint was the product of many community-led gatherings and a statewide convening, collecting over 700 recommendations in total. The Brookings Institute later recognized the Blueprint community engagement process as a best practice for promoting collaboration in their 2021 report, "State resilience and recovery: Strategies to reduce inequality and promote prosperity by creating better places." (See pages 23 & 26 of the report for the Blueprint shout-out).
This week’s spotlight is on the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Read the full story on the Equity Map and follow our social media for more story summaries! Please add more stories by filling out this form if you or your organization/initiative would like to be featured on the map!
The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation serves 20 counties in the state, specializing in economic development, community vitality, and early childhood development. SMIF offers training for early childhood care providers, which is free and provides an opportunity for continuing education credits. They started the Communities Addressing the Child Care Shortage program, which assists communities with creating action plans to encourage people to become childcare providers and teachers and work within the region. SMIF also supports business owners by providing guidance on how to adapt to online environments, hiring support, business training, and more. SMIF also started the Prosperity Initiative, which supports inclusive entrepreneurship and minority-owned business growth in the region by providing resources, professional development, and consulting assistance. Read their story on the map and check out their website at https://smifoundation.org.
“Widening inequalities and climate change pose the most important and immediate challenges to Minnesota’s long-term economic prosperity and quality-of-life.” — The Minnesota Equity Blueprint (2020)