GMNP president moderates legislative panel on child care

Sen. Kent Eken participated in a panel discussion on child care with Sen. Mark Johnson, Sen. Erik Simonson and Rep. Joe Schomacker (not pictured).

Region Nine Development Commission Executive Director Nicole Griensewic Mickelson, who also serves as president of the GMNP, moderated a legislative panel discussion on child care at the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) annual fall conference on Nov. 15 in Alexandria. Panelists were Sen. Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley), Sen. Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks), Sen. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) and Rep. Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne).

The discussion focused on the child care shortage in Greater Minnesota and ways the Legislature might be able to help mitigate the problem. The discussion touched on the fact that the lack of available child care become a serious barrier to economic growth in Greater Minnesota and some of the issues that contribute to the shortage including regulations, affordability and the struggle to find workers.

You can watch video of the full discussion here. In addition, you can read this Alexandria Echo Press article on the panel discussion here.