Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Workforce housing grants available

The application process for the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s (MHFA) Workforce Housing Development Program opened this week, with up to $2 million in grant funds available for projects focused on housing for middle-income workers in Greater Minnesota. More information is available here. The deadline to apply is Jan. 25, 2018.

During the 2017 legislative session, the GMNP pushed for changes to make the grant program work even better. To date, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development-administered program has helped build more than 320 units in Greater Minnesota with only $5 million in state funding ‒ a large return on the state’s investment. The program was recently moved from DEED to the MHFA, where it will hopefully be even more effective due to reduced costs.

GMNP executive director testifies at Senate hearing on child care

In recent months the Greater Minnesota Partnership (GMNP) has recently started exploring options to expand access to affordable child care in Greater Minnesota. The need is great: from 2006 to 2015, Greater Minnesota has seen a decrease in 25,455 childcare spaces. This has an enormous social and economic impact on communities.

This week, GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman testified at a Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee hearing, where he noted how a lack of child care options has hampered economic growth across Greater Minnesota. You can learn more about the committee hearing in this KSTP story and this Mankato Free Press article.

We are glad to see that this issue is getting more attention at the Legislature and in the media. It is also topic that will be discussed at length at the upcoming CGMC Fall Conference on Nov. 16-17, to which all GMNP members are invited. To register for the conference and see the full agenda, go to greatermncities.org/2017fallconf/.