Screaming at the Capitol … and you’re invited!

ice creamWho doesn’t want free ice cream?

Once again, all Greater Minnesota Partnership members are invited to join our sister organization, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, for an end-of-session lobby day and ice cream social at the State Capitol next Wednesday, May 9. More information about the event can be found on the CGMC website here.

This has been a very successful event in the past and one of the few times during the session that you will be able to visit with so many legislators. The event is free, but we encourage you to register at

Some of the issues we will be advocating for include a robust, fair and balanced bonding bill that includes significant funding for water infrastructure and the Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program (BDPI) and funding for child care facilities and training programs to help reduce the child care shortage in Greater Minnesota.

The tentative schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 10:30 a.m. – Legislative update and messaging (in Room 500 North in the State Office Building, located across the street from the State Capitol)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon – Meetings with legislators (attendees should make appointments with their own legislators; we may also ask some attendees to participate in additional meetings with key legislators)
  • 2-3 p.m. – Ice cream social with legislators and legislative staff (L’etoile du Nord Vault Room in the Basement of the State Capitol)

Note about parking: Free parking is available at the Flaherty & Hood office located at 525 Park Street in St. Paul, but you must print off this parking pass (which is good for May 9 only) and put it on your dashboard in order to comply with the lot’s parking restrictions.