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Program At-A-Glance

Building shared prosperity in Minnesota

Policies, practices & people that help our shared home be prosperous and fairer for all.
—sponsored by Growth & Justice in honor of its 20th anniversary—

Monday, April 11, 2022 – 1 to 4 p.m. via Zoom

Registration is free but is required to attend – please register on the Eventbrite page to receive a Zoom link.

Donations in honor of Growth & Justice’s 20th anniversary are welcome
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Program-at-a-glance: Building Shared Prosperity in Minnesota

April 11, 2022 – 1 to 4 p.m. – Via Zoom (Register to receive a link)

1 to 1:15 p.m. – Welcome & get to know your neighbors

David Fisher, Growth & Justice Board Chair and former commissioner, MN Department of Administration

1:15 to 2 p.m. – Democracy & Minnesota’s pragmatic public policy creation 2002-2022

Reflections on policymaking for the good of all and challenges to democracy that threaten Minnesota’s and Minnesotans’ progress. Growth & Justice - a 20th anniversary look back and onward!

Growth & Justice founder Joel Kramer, past-president Dane Smith, and current president Jane Leonard. Moderated by Tane Danger, Growth & Justice Board Vice Chair & Director, Westminster Town Hall Forum

1:45 to 2 p.m. - Small group breakouts welcome & debrief

2 to 3:15 p.m. - What is In Your Life’s Blueprint, Minnesota? Building Shared Prosperity.

Inspiration: the Minnesota Equity Blueprint – Thriving by Design – Rural & Urban Together and Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King’s “What is Your Life’s Blueprint” speech, October 1967. “However young you are, you have a responsibility to seek to make your nation a better nation in which to live. You have a responsibility to seek to make life better for everybody. And so you must be involved in the struggle of freedom and justice.”

Pathways to becoming an anti-racist multicultural Minnesota, with growth & justice for all.

2 to 2:30 p.m. - Public policy in action through the lens of the Minnesota Equity Blueprint and Minnesota’s young leaders.

Lead for Minnesota Fellows share their stories from the communities they serve.

Ruva Toska (Hibbing, childcare), Carter Grupp (Ottertail County, broadband development and digital inclusion), Stephany Morgan, (White Earth Tribal and Community College, language revitalization), and Sabri Fair (Region 9 Development Commission, energy transition planning) with moderator Kate Searls, Minnesota Equity Blueprint research director.

2:30 to 3 p.m. - Economic development today: creating equitable economic ecosystems across the rural-urban spectrum

Dr. Bruce Corrie (Empowering Strategies), Cheryal Hills (Region Five Development Commission), Brett Buckner (OneMN.org), and Tatiana Freeman (Emerging Entrepreneur-Nosh Posh), with moderator Neil Linscheid, University of Minnesota Extension Educator.

Small group breakouts debrief – 3 to 3:15 p.m.

3:15 to 3:45 p.m. - Special Keynote Conversation with Tawanna Black & Jane Leonard

Tawanna Black, CEO & Founder of the Center for Economic Inclusion & Jane Leonard, president of Growth & Justice, on advancing inclusive growth to achieve regional prosperity. 

3:45 to 4 p.m. - Final Remarks & Celebratory Toasts!

Many thanks to the program planning team: Michelle Armstrong-Spielberg, David Fisher, Tatiana Freeman, Bernadine Joselyn, Benya Kraus, Jane Leonard, Becky Lourey, Kate Searls, Dane Smith, Pete Swenson, and Erin Wilson 

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You are invited to attend:

Building shared prosperity in Minnesota: Policies, practices & people that help our shared home be prosperous and fairer for all.

April 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. via Zoom
A 20th anniversary of Growth & Justice program. Free registration at https://growthandjustice20thanniversary.eventbrite.com

Help celebrate 20 years of Growth & Justice (the organization and the work) and learn from economic and community development leaders across Minnesota building pathways to shared sustainable prosperity in the places we call home.

The first hour opens with insights useful today on policy development and democracy trends over the last 20 years, offered by Growth & Justice’s current and past executives. In the middle hour, Lead for Minnesota Fellows and rural & urban community and economic development leaders share their blueprints for building equitable community and economic ecosystems. The final hour includes a future-forward conversation on the work of the Center for Economic Inclusion with Tawanna Black, CEO and founder of the Center.


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