Does a shortage of childcare options hamper economic growth in your community?

The issue of childcare is increasingly being discussed as it relates to economic and community development, especially in Greater Minnesota. The GMNP Board of Directors has had the issue on our radar for the last few years, but we have not yet developed a clear policy objective in this important area.

At the GMNP’s annual meeting in August, it was suggested that the GMNP hold a conference call with members and other interested stakeholders in order to better understand the issue and how it can have different impacts in different communities and begin to shape possible action. This call has been scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31. If you are interested in participating, please contact Julie Liew at jlliew@flaherty-hood.com for call-in information.

Reminder – GMNP membership meeting to be held Aug. 3

The GMNP’s annual membership meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Bigwood Event Center (Oxley Conference Room) in Fergus Falls. The meeting will include a brief recap of the GMNP’s activities from the previous year, a discussion on possible 2018 priorities, a budget overview and a recruitment discussion. Here is the full agenda.

If you are unable to attend in person, a conference call option is available. Here are the call-in instructions:

  1. Dial the Access Number: 651-259-1938
  2. Enter Code: 0188869 and press #
  3. Announce your name and press #

If you have any questions, please contact GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman at dan@gmnp.org or 612-245-5204.

CERTs to roll out Renewable Energy for Greater Minnesota program

This month the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) will roll out the “Renewable Energy for Greater Minnesota” program that will run through September 2019.

A USDA Renewable Energy Development Assistance grant enables CERTs to offer custom project assistance and tools to farmers and rural small businesses interested in pursuing renewable energy projects. CERTs will also assist individuals and businesses navigate the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and other funding mechanism processes. Fact sheets on solar, biomass, and small wind options are available.

If you would like to discuss a potential project, email Fritz Ebinger or call him at 612-626-1028.

Join us for GMNP membership meeting, CGMC Summer Conference

The GMNP membership meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls. The meeting will include a brief recap of the GMNP’s activities from the previous year, a discussion on possible 2018 priorities, a budget overview and a recruitment discussion.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the CGMC Summer Conference (see info below). GMNP members are welcome to attend the full conference or just come for the meeting on Aug. 3. If you are planning to attend the meeting only, please contact GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman at dan@gmnp.org.

CGMC Summer Conference

The CGMC Summer Conference will be held Aug. 2-4 in Fergus Falls. As in recent years, all GMNP members are invited to attend the conference, which will feature speakers and presentations on a wide variety of topics affecting Greater Minnesota communities. The full conference agenda can be found on the CGMC website here.

To register for the conference, please fill out this registration form and submit it via email (RSVP@flaherty-hood.com), fax (651-225-9088) or mail (Coalition of Greater MN Cities, c/o Dana Johnston, 525 Park St., Suite 470, St. Paul, MN 55103). Please register by July 24.

Please note that the CGMC has a block of rooms reserved at the Country Inn & Suites, which is adjacent to the event center, at a discounted rate of $99.99 (plus tax). The deadline to book a room under the reduced rate is July 2. Call the hotel at 218-739-2211 to make a reservation.

If you have any questions about the CGMC Summer Conference, please contact Julie Liew at jlliew@flaherty-hood.com or 651-259-1917.