Greater MSP is an ambitious private-public partnership launched almost a decade ago to aggressively promote business location and expansion in the Twin Cities. Growth & Justice over those years has frequently praised its efforts to emphasize diversity and inclusiveness as assets that are conducive to growth. At Greater MSP’s latest annual meeting, equity themes were reinforced with a statement from its 1,000 partners, outlining a “bold vision for Greater MSP's future: to lead the world in inclusive economic growth by welcoming all, empowering talent and igniting innovation.” It spelled out “Three Ambitions’’ for the Greater MSP region by 2030: to rank in the top five among peer metro areas in job growth and to ensure opportunity exists for all residents of our region; to rank among the nation’s top 10 metros in retaining and attracting people; and to become the best place for people from every background to start and scale ventures that create wealth by solving global challenges.
In 2016, Growth & Justice helped coalesce local rural and urban education partnerships in a successful effort to secure state investment for comprehensive and collaborative efforts to close opportunity gaps. We’re pleased to see the Education Partnerships Coalition grow and prosper since then and recently launch a new website. Local coalition partners now include: Austin Aspires, Northfield Promise, Every Hand Joined (Red Wing), Cradle 2 Career (Rochester and Olmsted County), the Northside Achievement Zone, the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, Generation Next (all of Minneapolis and St. Paul), and the United Way of Central Minnesota (serving the St. Cloud region). This statement on the EPC’s website summarizes their uniquely expansive strategy, based on the idea of collective impact. “Coalition members take a birth-to-career approach to eliminating Minnesota’s worst-in-the-nation opportunity gaps. All Coalition members are locally-controlled, data-driven public-private partnerships. This collective impact focus brings communities together to enact solutions that improve outcomes for children and families.”
It’s that time of year, for giving thanks and for raising funds. We at Growth & Justice thank you, our supporters, for your participation and guidance in G & J’s work, and for your financial assistance, without which we could not operate. There are several ways to donate as 2019 comes to a close, including directly at our G & J website, and also through our participation in Give to the Max Day in Minnesota tomorrow, Nov 14. Please join us in person, too, on Nov 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., for our “Just Beer” gathering and fundraiser at 56 Brewing in Minneapolis. Help us reach our end-of-year fundraising goals and celebrate all we’ve accomplished. Click here to RSVP for Nov 21 – two free drink tickets included, to raise a glass to justice (Growth & Justice, that is!).
Five years of MSP Indicator Dashboard data show persistent, large gaps between whites and people of color on measures of employment, poverty, wages and educational attainment.” From Greater MSP website, cited above.