Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Join us May 8 for a ‘final push’ lobby day and ice cream social!

As has become a tradition in recent years, our sister organization the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is once again holding an End-of-Session Lobby Day & Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, May 8. All GMNP members are invited to attend to meet with legislators and help make a final push for our top legislative priorities such as child care, transportation and infrastructure.

The event is FREE to attend, but we ask that you register by sending an email to Meghan at RSVP@flaherty-hood.com (please include your name, organization/city and position/title).

We hope to get as many Greater Minnesota community leaders to attend as possible! Please share this Lobby Day Flyer and encourage other city officials and staff to join us.

If you have any questions, contact Julie Liew at jlliew@flaherty-hood.com.

We need your help! Tell lawmakers how the child care shortage impacts your community

This legislative session, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and the Greater Minnesota Partnership have teamed up to explore ways to address the child care shortage in Greater Minnesota.

The child care crisis is a multi-faceted problem with no easy solution, but we strongly believe there are actions the Legislature and Governor can take to help address this issue. This session, our organizations are advocating for two bills that would appropriate a total of $13 million in state funding with the goal of increasing child care capacity in Greater Minnesota. You can read more about the bills in our handout: The Child Care Conundrum.

As the bills make their way through the legislative process, it has become apparent that some legislators do not have a clear understanding of the full scale of this issue and its impact on Greater Minnesota communities. Some metro-area legislators have even told us that they “just aren’t hearing very much” about the problem, at least not as it pertains to economic development in Greater Minnesota.

We know that the child care shortage is indeed a big problem in Greater Minnesota. You have told us about the businesses that won’t expand because there are too few child care providers in your area or the families who opted not to relocate to your city because there is no one to watch the kids while the parents are at work. We need you to share those same stories with our lawmakers. Continue reading