Register Now for “Thriving by Design, Rural & Urban Together,” June 27-29, in Granite Falls

PJ is attending and we hope to see some local there!

We’ve recently confirmed three new outstanding speakers for our historic gathering in western Minnesota this summer which features some of the most knowledgeable people in the entire region on our demographic and economic disparities, and how to fix them.    Kevin Jensvold, Chairman of the Upper Sioux Community, will deliver our opening welcome on June 27, Diana Anderson, President of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, will open our proceedings on June 28, and Dr. Bruce Corrie, Director of the City of St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development and co-founder of OneMN.org, will discuss the Shared Sustainable Prosperity framework and process.  Other speakers previously announced include:   Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin LindseyState Demographer Susan Brower; Cornelia Flora Butler, co-creator of the Community Capitals Framework and a highly respected expert in rural community development; Craig Helmstetter, managing director of the American Public Media Research Lab, and Tane Danger, (Growth & Justice board member) and his Theater of Public Policy troupe.    Participants in this event will help create a unifying “One Minnesota Equity Blueprint,’’ a new social contract that heals our divisions: the rural-metro divide, racial injustice, overall economic inequality and environmental degradation.   Registration options include participating as an official delegate in the six-month blueprint development, or as a general participant.   Please register now – space is filling up. Registration Fees, including meals, are $195 for the entire gathering or $100 for June 28 only. Some scholarships are still available to help cover registration, lodging, and travel for participants who commit to being an Equity Blueprint delegate. More information on “Thriving by Design, Rural & Urban Together,” is available on our website.    Our partner in this event is OneMN.org, an organization focused statewide on building our “ethnic capital” and working toward racial equity in business and economic development.  Their motto — “Building Shared Sustainable Prosperity’’ — resonates strongly with our own mission statement.   Please spread the word, even if you cannot attend.