Apparently we are not the first to realize that our region’s employment situation has been grim and the repercussions of losing jobs can be devastating including population decline.
There is an organization that has been created to try to promote and bring employers to the Twin Cities metro area. It is called Greater MSP.
My first reaction to this was “oh no, not another ‘do nothing’ organization siphoning tax dollars”. As I read further into it, this may hold some merit. They have managed to pull together a pretty impressive board of directors to manage the organization; at least their credentials are a lot better than mine. There are a number of business leaders on this board that should know what is needed and how to achieve it. The organizations visions and goals line up with what I believe our region needs to focus on:
Vision for a Brighter Future for All
The GREATER MSP Partnership is committed to stimulating economic growth and prosperity in the Minnesota’s 13-county Minneapolis Saint Paul metro area. As a public-private partnership funded by charitable donations, its vision is to be a value-added resource to all economic development organizations in the Greater MSP region. Its goal: a brighter future for all Twin Cities residents and businesses.
The Partnership works with dozens of economic development partners at the state and regional levels. It provides vision, strategy, resources and staff support to governments and organizations involved with job creation, regional marketing, business recruitment and business retention. Specifically, the GREATER MSP Partnership leads or partners with existing organizations to:
- Set a strategic vision for regional economic development
- Define and guide a tactical economic development agenda
- Brand and market the Greater MSP region to internal and external audiences
- Retain and expand current businesses in the region
- Attract new businesses to the region
- Connect businesses with local resources and incentives
I heard about this organization from Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal that wrote a short article about the new organization and their kick-off event coming up.
The organization will be holding a big kick-off event Tuesday evening at the Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis where invited guests and media will learn more about the region’s new “brand and marketing campaign” and hear about how Greater MSP will help recruit companies to the region.
Let’s hope their efforts produce results, our region needs economic growth. Take a moment to visit their website and let’s support their efforts any way we can. They are running all this from Charitable Donations according to their website.
- Hennepin County & Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota Unemployment Rates August 31 2011 (craigkamman.wordpress.com)