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ENEWS: Session Summary, Rollout in Little Falls, Summer Spotlight

Date Published: 06/06/2019

Author: Sarah Leistico

Session Recap

The 2019 Legislative Session in Minnesota has come to an end. Growth & Justice played a role at the State Capitol as a monitor and supporter of our partners’ advocacy, when necessary, stepping in to provide testimony and/or send out action alerts through communications. For example, we testified in support of the tax bill, specifically urging expansion of Working Family Credit and MFIP. We also attended hearings and kept up pressure on social media related to coalition efforts such as 100PercentMN, Driver’s Licenses for All, Restore the Vote, Increase Teachers of Color Act, and preserving the health care provider tax. Our partnership initiative with OneMN.org – Thriving by Design – sent out continuous updates throughout session, and you can view the 2019 Session Recap and outline of work ahead HERE.

Economic Development Debut in Little Falls

Mark your calendars and SAVE THE DATE!  The next section of the Minnesota Equity Blueprint – with special focus on economic development- will be released on June 26, 2019, from 3 to 5 PM at Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace in Little Falls, MN.   Join us for a central Minnesota focused event, with local and regional highlights from the Region Five Development Commission, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, Five Wings Art Council, The Initiative Foundation and others.  The Little Falls event will be the second of five rollouts in 2019, with Infrastructure, Climate Action & Natural Resources, and Democracy to follow in other locations across Minnesota. RSVP via Eventbrite

Bee Amazing Minnesota Summer Spotlight – Share Your Community Story

This summer Thriving by Design – Rural & Urban Together wants to shine a spotlight on community efforts, initiatives, and projects underway and emerging that illuminate and bring to life the vision and values of the Thriving by Design Network and the evolving Minnesota Equity Blueprint. You can view the press release HERE.

Throughout June – August 2019 Minnesota community members are encouraged to share stories about their community efforts via a Google Doc submission and follow up process. Thriving by Design organizers will compile and then present spotlights through: social media, e-newsletters, online platforms, podcasts, and upcoming events. The goal is to lift up and amplify efforts, connect Community Pollinators, and continue expanding the base of knowledge that informs the Minnesota Equity Blueprint.

The online form will be open until Thursday, August 15th.


Quote: “Minnesotans and their communities and businesses are leading amazing efforts to embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion as essential elements for a thriving economy and shared vitality in the places we all call home. We want to use the summer sunshine to spotlight their stories, to help share the wealth of that Bee Amazing MN know-how statewide.” Jane Leonard in the #BeeAmazingMN June 4, 2019 press release.

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