Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

ACTION ALERT – Urge the Legislature to include child care facilities in the bonding bill!

As the Minnesota Legislature moves into the second week of its special session, talk about a potential bonding bill has intensified. As those discussions continue, it is vital that Greater Minnesota business and community leaders reach out to key legislators and urge them to include $10 million for child care facilities in the bill.

GMNP was instrumental in the creation of the Greater Minnesota Child Care Facilities Grant Program, which was established in the 2020 bonding bill. However, the program was not funded. As Greater Minnesota businesses and families continue to recover from the economic fallout caused by the pandemic, it is vital that the Legislature include funding for child care facilities in the bonding bill to help address this critical need across the state.

You can learn more about the Greater Minnesota Child Care Facilities Grant Program here.

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Join Greater Minnesota city leaders at the CGMC Summer Conference

Our partner organization, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), is excited to announce its return to n-person events with the 2021 CGMC Summer Conference, which will be held July 29-30 at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria. All GMNP members are welcome to attend; register at

The conference agenda includes speakers, presentations and panel discussions featuring state leaders, key legislators and policy experts on an array of important topics such as:

  • Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how they can help make your city even stronger
  • Plans for possible changes to the Local Government Aid formula
  • How bills and budget plans passed in the 2021 legislative sessions could impact your community
  • Tips on how to better communicate and find common ground with people in your community and your fellow city leaders despite the rise in polarization
  • Creative ideas on ways to improve local parks & trails and capitalize on the recent increase in visitors Continue reading