Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

State launches website to help Minnesotans check their internet speeds

The Minnesota Office of Broadband is promoting a new tool to help consumers measure the broadband speeds actually delivered, as opposed to using the internet provider’s number which is based on what they offer for speeds.

The tool, found at, will allow Minnesotans to test, map and report broadband internet speeds. According to a press release from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (which oversees the Office of Broadband), the input captured through the new website will “help create a better overall picture of broadband in the state.”

DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy urges Minnesotans to utilize the site, noting that the information gathered through the tool will provide a better understanding of the internet speeds that consumers in Minnesota truly receive and help make sure the state is making smart investments in broadband. Continue reading

GMNP members invited to join other community leaders for CGMC Fall Conference

All GMNP members are invited to attend the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) Fall Conference on Nov. 15-16 at the Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria. The conference will touch on many issues that are important to our members, including a legislative panel discussion on child care that will be moderated by our own GMNP President, Nicole Griensewic Mickelson.

Other items on the conference agenda include a dinner keynote presentation by KSTP Chief Political Reporter Tom Hauser, a presentation by Minnesota Management & Budget Commissioner Myron Frans, and a recap of the 2018 election and discussion on how the results could impact Greater Minnesota.

It should be an interesting and informative conference! If you would like to attend, please register at