Join Greater Minnesota city leaders at the CGMC Summer Conference

Our partner organization, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), is excited to announce its return to n-person events with the 2021 CGMC Summer Conference, which will be held July 29-30 at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria. All GMNP members are welcome to attend; register at greatermncities.org/product/2021-summer-conference-registration/. The conference agenda includes speakers, presentations and […]

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Budget agreement includes $70M for broadband

The state budget agreement reached by the legislative leaders and Gov. Walz includes more funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant program. The good news is that it will provide $70 million in funding, the largest investment in the program since it was created in 2014. The bad news is the Governor’s own broadband task force […]

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Center for Rural Policy to host virtual event on health care access

The Center for Rural Policy and Development and the Citizens League are hosting the third virtual event in their Interconnected series, this time focusing on access to health care in urban and rural areas. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 3 at 2:30 p.m. To register, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ni72-ec_TJ-9Op-o97fOaQ Discussion participants include: • Toby […]

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Notes from the Capitol

The 2021 legislative session has come and gone, and we are once again headed into extra innings. The legislature adjourned yesterday, as required by the Minnesota Constitution, without passing a budget, without addressing how to appropriate the $2.8 billion Minnesota received from the federal American Rescue Plan, and without acting on major tax policies including […]

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Survey: Share your thoughts on which issues most impact your community

The Center for Rural Policy and Development (CRPD) is looking for feedback from leaders across Greater Minnesota on what issues are most affecting your communities and region. To aid in this process, the CRPD has a new survey, available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GreaterMNPartnership​, the results of which will help them develop their research agenda in the coming […]

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Governor unveils Minnesota’s path to ending all COVID-19 restrictions

On Thursday, Gov. Walz shared the state’s three-step plan to completely dial back COVID-19 restrictions. The announcement comes as cases are receding, vaccination capacity continues to increase, and the state’s health care system is stabilizing. Beginning May 7 at 12 p.m.: No limits on outdoor dining, events, and social gatherings   No mask requirements on […]

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Update on GMNP legislative priorities

The top priorities for the Partnership this session are addressing three critical shortages in Greater Minnesota: child care, workforce housing, and broadband. Here is a quick update on where things stand on these issues. (More information on the Partnership’s legislative priorities can be found here). Child care, or lack thereof, has become a major economic […]

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Next installment of ‘Interconnected: Rural-Urban Conversations’ to focus on workforce issues

On Thursday, the Center for Rural Policy and Development and the Citizens League are hosting the second webinar in their series “Interconnected: Rural-Urban Conversations.” This event will focus on workforce strategies, where panelists will explore questions such as: What are the similarities and differences in workforce between urban and rural Minnesota? How did the pandemic effect […]

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Register for the 2021 CGMC Summer Conference

Back together again! The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, GMNP’s partnership organization, announced their return to in-person events with the 2021 CGMC Summer Conference, which will be held July 29-30 at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria. All GMNP members are invited to attend! Registration is now open. Attendees can look forward to: Informative […]

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