Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Article explores how the workforce housing shortage impacts Greater Minnesota

Twin Cities Business Magazine published a new article this week that delves into the workforce housing shortage facing many Greater Minnesota cities and how the lack of housing for middle-income families affects economic development. In preparation for the article, reporter Raya Zimmerman sought information from GMNP staff and interviewed Executive Director Dan Dorman. In addition, she interviewed several Greater Minnesota business and community leaders who explained why more housing is needed.

As the GMNP continues to advocate for solutions to the workforce housing shortage, we’re grateful that the media is bringing attention to this important issue.

GMNP, CGMC meet with new DEED Commissioner

Last week, GMNP President Ann Goebel, GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman, Owatonna Mayor Tom Kuntz and Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Executive Director Tim Flaherty met with Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Shawntera Hardy, who just took over the position last spring.

The purpose of the meeting was to thank the Commissioner for DEED’s strong support of the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) program in the bonding bill and to familiarize her with the GMNP and CGMC and our priorities such as workforce housing and broadband.

The meeting went very well, and Commissioner Hardy was very engaged and interested in finding ways to help bring about change in Greater Minnesota’s economy. The Commissioner spoke of her upbringing in Youngstown, Ohio, and the challenges that city faced with the downturn in steel production. It was clear that she understands the challenges that many of our communities face or have faced in the past.