Governor Tim Walz signed last week Executive Decree 21-31, establishing the new Governor’s Council for Economic Expansion. The Council brings together 15 labor, business, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders from across the state to make recommendations on expanding Minnesota’s economy.
“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and look to the future, we must take bold steps to rebuild Minnesota’s economy stronger than before, with people – our strongest asset – in the center of the plane “, Governor Walz said. “The Council on Economic Expansion brings together Minnesota’s brightest minds to create a strong economic future that includes all Minnesota residents. I am grateful to each of these leaders and look forward to their work on this Council. “
“Minnesota is home to some of the best and brightest leaders in the world,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “By working together, we can solve some of the biggest challenges facing our economy today, from accessing child care and health care, to creating pathways to success for every Minnesotan.”
The Council will first identify immediate actions, potential policy changes and recommendations to leverage remaining US bailout funding to promote equitable economic growth. The group will then focus on developing a long-term roadmap for achieving a more equitable, inclusive, sustainable and resilient Minnesota through public, private, and not-for-profit systemic change.
The Board will be co-chaired by Jeff Ettinger, former CEO of Hormel, and Paul Williams, CEO and President of Project for Pride in Living.
“I am delighted to work with this multifaceted council to come up with recommendations to support a brighter and more inclusive economic future for all Minnesotans,” said Ettinger. “Results-based recommendations are important to the intended beneficiaries of the programs, to the taxpayers who fund these initiatives, and to all of us who believe in effective government in Minnesota. “
“We know that the impact of the pandemic has particularly affected communities of color and low-income Minnesotans,” he added. Williams said. “Together, we can build a thriving economy that will help everyone in our state come out stronger.”
The Council will work with state, local and tribal governments; companies; workers; institutions of higher education; non-profit organizations; popular movements; and communities that have been disproportionately affected by past inequitable systems and the pandemic.
Jobs and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove, Social Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead and Labor and Industry Commissioner Roslyn Robertson will work closely with the Council.
“Minnesota has a tremendous opportunity ahead of us to write the next chapter in our economy in a way that works for everyone,” said Commissioner Grove. “We are grateful to this extraordinary group of leaders for giving of their time to advise the government to use the unprecedented resources at our disposal to effect lasting change.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to rethink how our economy can function to support all Minnesotans”, said Commissioner Harpstead. “This is a unique opportunity to work in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to improve shared economic prosperity and emerge stronger than ever. “
“Living through a global pandemic has presented unique challenges for every Minnesotan, but also presents an important opportunity to emerge stronger than before with fairness,” said Commissioner Robertson. “It is a priority for all of us that every voice is represented throughout the work of this Council and to ensure that our state’s economic expansion plans include an ongoing commitment to keep our state’s workforce in place. safe and healthy. “
The governor today appointed the following members, whose terms will expire on July 1, 2022.
- Jeff Ettinger, Former Chairman and CEO, Hormel Foods (Co-Chairman)
- Paul williams, President and CEO, Project for Pride in Living (Co-chair)
- Scott burns, CEO and co-founder, Structural
- Brett Carter, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer and Innovation Officer, Xcel Energy
- Joe fowler, President, Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council
- Jodi Hubler, Vice President, Board of Directors of Medical Alley
- Brenda Hilbrich, Executive Vice President, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
- Neel Kashkari, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
- Marcus Owens, Executive Director, African American Leadership Forum
- Tulea Palmer, President and CEO, Blandin Foundation
- Joo hee pomplun, Executive Director, Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
- Nonoko Sato, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
- Traci Tapani, Co-Chair, Wyoming Machine
- Bharti wahi, Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota
- Penny wheeler, CEO, Allina Health
“I am honored to serve on the Governor’s Council for Economic Development. Our union represents healthcare workers from all corners of our state, and our members work every day to make our state a healthier place. But they also see that we have a lot of work to do, and I’m glad the governor has brought this group together to find innovative ways to ensure that Minnesota’s economic future includes us all, no matter our race, gender, or gender. our postal code “, said Hilbrich. “Although Minnesota is the best state in the country for some of us, we know too many Minnesotans have been left behind and left behind. I am delighted to dig into this work to make our state more equitable and stronger so that every Minnesotan – without exception – can live a safe, healthy and happy life. “
“I look forward to representing Minnesota small business, manufacturing and women in non-traditional roles. Let’s build an inclusive and sustainable future where anyone interested in manufacturing can learn and train for a rewarding and successful career ”, said Tapani. “I come from a family of humble origins. Minnesota provided an environment for my father to start and grow a successful manufacturing business. I want Minnesota to continue to be a place where people with dreams and ideas can have an opportunity in middle class life. “
The first Council meeting will take place on September 15, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The full meeting schedule and additional details about the Board can be found on the Council website