Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Webinar to explore the economic impact of the child care crisis

Finance and Commerce is hosting a webinar on Dec. 3 that will provide a deep dive into the child care crisis in Minnesota. A panel of experts will discuss the latest state and national data, followed by a discussion on the challenges Minnesota faces and the solutions being implemented to address the crisis.
Participating in the panel are several experts with whom both the CGMC and the Greater Minnesota Partnership work closely, including:

  • Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizons Academy
  • Rob Grunewald, economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Debra Marofsky, president of Affiliated Insurance Services
  • Suzanne Pearly, Minnesota director at First Children’s Finance

The webinar, “Child Care in Crisis: The Economic Impact,” will be on Dec. 3 from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration is free, and you can sign up at

Gov. Walz announces four weeks of tighter COVID-19 restrictions

On Wednesday, Governor Walz announced he will turn the dial back on reopening by introducing new restrictions for restaurants, gyms, youth sports, and social gatherings.

Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21:

  • In-person social gatherings with people outside your household are prohibited.
  • Bars and restaurants will be take-out and delivery only.
  • Gyms, fitness centers and public pools will be closed.
  • Indoor and outdoor wedding receptions, parties and celebrations are prohibited.
  • Adult and youth sports are on pause (college and pro sports are an exception).
  • Outdoor skating rinks, ski hills, and parks are still open but indoor facilities are closed.
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as movie theatres and bowling allies, are closed

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