Media visits focus on child care needs

When the Legislature takes its annual mid-session break, which they are on this week, GMNP staff often hit the road and meet with the media in Greater Minnesota to talk about our priorities and what is happening at the Capitol. This year, with the pandemic, we decided not to jump behind the wheel, but we did jump behind a computer screen and camera to make the same thing happen.

Greater Minnesota Partnership Executive Director Scott McMahon has spent a good portion of the week meeting with newspaper reporters and editors to talk about child care, our legislative proposals, and the opportunity Minnesota has to make a major impact on this issue as a result of the $520 million child care investment made through the federal American Rescue Plan.

From East Grand Forks to Rochester and from Duluth to Worthington, McMahon had the opportunity to meet with eight different newspapers, with plans to meet with more in the coming weeks. And since all of this was done virtually, for most meetings McMahon was joined by the president of the Initiative Foundation that serves that territory as well as elected officials and staff from Greater Minnesota cities. We want to thank the following city and regional leaders for for taking the time to join in these meetings with our Greater Minnesota media:

  • Luverne Mayor Pat Baustian
  • Sartell City Administrator Anna Gruber
  • Warren City Administrator Shannon Mortenson
  • Northland Foundation President Tony Sertich
  • Initiative Foundation President Matt Varilek
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation Vice President Scott Marquardt
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation President Tim Penny
  • Region Nine Development Commission Executive Director Nicole Griensewic