Sunday, September 19, 2021

Wallace launches new panel to rebuild Minnesota’s post-epidemic economy

Governor Tim Wallace on Tuesday launched a new State Council for Economic Expansion and the 2022 Legislature to make recommendations for restructuring the state economy for all Minnesotans in the public and private sectors.

Wallace has appointed 15 businessmen, workers and nonprofit leaders – whom he called “the bright mind of Minnesota” – on a panel that will propose initiatives to navigate the state’s rise from the COVID-19 epidemic and “create a strong economic future that includes every Minnesota.” . ”

He said it would address issues such as how to hire more people working from home, the future of the city’s central business district, providing job training in the new economy and tackling child care and healthcare issues.

The first public meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, chaired by Jeff Eatinger, former board chairman and CEO of the council, Hermel Foods, and Paul Williams, president and chief executive of Project for Pride in Living. The governor said he expects them to submit their first batch of policy recommendations to them in November.

In addition to funding the Federal American Rescue Plan, the state has a growing budget surplus that could boost the council’s economic growth. This panel will work with state, local and tribal governments; Business; Colleges and universities; Non-profit; Advocacy group And communities of color that have been unequally affected by the epidemic.

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Wallace has named three of his cabinet members to work with the council – Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove, Human Services Commissioner Jody Harpstead and Labor and Industry Commissioner Roslyn Robertson.

In addition to Eatinger and Williams, other council members whose terms expire on July 1 are:

  • Scott Burns, CEO and co-founder of Structural
  • Brett Carter, Executive Vice President and Chief Consumer and Innovation Officer at Excel Energy
  • Joe Fowler, president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trade Council
  • Jody Huber, vice chairman of the board of directors of Medical Ally
  • Brenda Hillbrich, President and CEO of Service Employees International Union Health Care Minnesota
  • Neil Kashkari, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Marcus Owens, Executive Director of the African American Leadership Forum
  • Tuleah Palmer, President and CEO of the Blandin Foundation
  • Joe Hee Pamplun, executive director of the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
  • Nanoco Sato, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Tracy Tapani, vice-president of Wyming Machine
  • Bharti Wahi, Executive Director of the Minnesota Child Protection Fund
  • Penny Wheeler, CEO of Alina Health
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Wallace launches new panel to rebuild Minnesota's post-epidemic economy
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