Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Join us for upcoming GMNP events!

As we dive into the month of July, we encourage you to mark your calendars for a few  upcoming GMNP events:

GMNP Membership Meeting

The GMNP’s annual membership meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 26 at the Verizon Center in Mankato (1 Civic Center Plaza). The meeting will include a brief recap of the GMNP’s activities from the previous year, a discussion on possible 2019 priorities, budget overview and a recruitment discussion.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) Summer Conference (see info below). If you are planning to attend the meeting, there are a few options for GMNP members:

  1. You can attend the meeting only (no cost)
  2. You can attend the meeting and the keynote luncheon featuring MN Dept. of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, which is immediately following the meeting ($15 for the cost of the meal)
  3. You can attend the full three-day CGMC summer conference ($260)

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Lawmakers take action on child care regulations, but new funding proposals fall by the wayside

The GMNP advocated for three pieces of legislation this session that aimed at reducing the child care shortage in Greater Minnesota: funding for initiative foundations to help provide training to expand access to quality child care; a program modeled after the BDPI grant program which could assist communities to build, upgrade or expand facilities; and additional funding for the Greater Minnesota Child Care Grants Program to increase child care availability.

The latter bill, sponsored by Rep. Dave Baker (R-Willmar), ultimately gained traction. Originally started as a modest investment in the 2017 session targeted at helping providers expand, this grant program saw large results – creating more than 300 new child care slots with only $500,000 in funding. However, additional funding for this program fell victim to end-of-session maneuvering: the GOP combined several bills into one large supplemental budget bill, hoping to force the Governor’s hand on several provisions. The Governor vetoed the bill last week. Continue reading