Webinar to explore what happens to the rural workforce during a pandemic

The Center for Rural Policy and Development (CRPD) is gathering a panel of experts to discuss the findings of its latest research, “Pandemic paints a different employment picture in rural Minnesota.”  Join the webinar from 2:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 as they explore the current realities of unemployment, the ongoing problem of high job […]

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Center for Rural Policy and Development features GMNP on podcast

Last week, the Center for Rural Policy and Development (CRPD) released the latest version of its podcast “Center of Everywhere” featuring an in depth conversation with GMNP Executive Director Scott McMahon.  Hosted by CRPD President and CEO Julie Tesch, the conversation included how the GMNP got started, 2021 policy priorities, and an insight into what […]

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Gov. Walz loosens restrictions on businesses

On Wednesday, Gov. Walz held a press conference to announce Minnesota will be loosening many of its previous COVID-19 restrictions and closures. The announcement comes as more than 80,000 people have received their first dose of the vaccine and new cases of COVID-19 in the state decrease. These changes will go into effect Sunday, Jan. […]

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Greater Minnesota Partnership selects Scott McMahon to serve as executive director

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Julie LiewPDF of press release ST. PAUL—Scott McMahon has been selected by the Greater Minnesota Partnership (GMNP) Board of Directors to serve as the organization’s executive director. Created in 2013, GMNP is a nonprofit corporation devoted to advocating for state economic development policies and resources that benefit Greater Minnesota. It has more […]

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Task Force recommends spending $120M to bring broadband to unserved households

The Governor’s Broadband Task Force has released its annual report and funding recommendations to the Legislature. The Task Force is recommending $120 million for the next biennium. This recommendation is based on the projected cost to bring broadband service to the 157,000 unserved households (defined as not meeting 25 mbps upload speed/3 mbps download speed) […]

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GMNP Board adopts 2021 legislative priorities

At its December meeting, the Partnership’s Board of Directors approved the Partnership’s legislative priorities for the 2021 session. While the policy priorities will not change this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a new demand for action on two of our top priorities—access to and speed of internet service throughout Greater Minnesota, and stabilizing and […]

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Legislature passes COVID relief bill

The Legislature convened this week for its seventh—and final—special session of 2020, triggered by Gov. Walz’s extension of his emergency order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When gathered on Monday, the Legislature passed a bill that provides significant grants for businesses impacted by the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as increased unemployment […]

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State’s budget forecast better than expected

This week, the state released its first official state budget forecast since the start of the pandemic. It was a surprise when it was announced that the state has a projected $641 million surplus for the remainder of the current biennium, which ends June 30, 2021. As the pandemic took hold in Minnesota, when many […]

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Webinar to explore the economic impact of the child care crisis

Finance and Commerce is hosting a webinar on Dec. 3 that will provide a deep dive into the child care crisis in Minnesota. A panel of experts will discuss the latest state and national data, followed by a discussion on the challenges Minnesota faces and the solutions being implemented to address the crisis. Participating in the […]

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