Last week Minnesota Public Radio’s Tom Weber engaged G&J President Dane Smith and Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski in a 35-minute on-air conversation about what rural Minnesota needs to revitalize local economies and reduce inequalities and disparities. It was a great way to introduce our Minnesota Rural Equity Project to a wider audience of Minnesotans and thought leaders.
The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank recently launched the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute, which is consistent with our themes and focus. The stated mission is “to look beyond aggregate economic indicators in order to examine how national policies impact diverse communities of people within the U.S. economy.” Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari told the Star Tribune: “If we have an economy that includes all our people, it’s just easier for us to achieve our mandate, which is a growing economy and maximum employment, and all of society would be better off.” Minneapolis’ North Side was the venue for the announcement, but the Fed’s deep knowledge of rural and agricultural economics promises to bring a regional and statewide perspective.
We are looking for a new Project and Policy Director, with particular expertise in economics, disparities and public policies in Greater Minnesota. We’ve set a deadline of February 1st for submission of resumes or letters of interest.