The CGMC has joined forces with Growth & Justice, the Minnesota Asset Building Coalition (MABC) and the GMNP on the Minnesota Rural Equity Project, a multi-year initiative focused on increasing equity within Greater Minnesota communities and between rural and urban Minnesota. A $200,000 grant from the Blandin Foundation is helping to fund this project.
Although we have been working on this project for a few weeks now, it was just formally announced via press release last week. According to Dane Smith, president of Growth & Justice, there has already been a lot of interest in the project from the media and other organizations. Last week, Smith and Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski were guests on MPR to discuss the project and concerns facing Greater Minnesota.
We are currently in the process of developing the legislative priorities and agenda for the project, and Smith is also leading the efforts to hire a project director. We will keep you updated on the Minnesota Rural Equity Project as it continues.