Monthly Archives: July 2013

Opinion Piece Highlights GreaterMSPahead Initiative

Star Tribune, July 27 2013. Not until the 1990s was it clear that “place mattered.” Until then, a city’s success or failure drifted on the winds of fate. Would the natural resources hold out? Would the big companies stay? Those were the pivotal questions in the industrial era. But as the century turned and the information age took hold, cities came face to face with a new reality: People had replaced companies as the pivotal variables. And people — especially the young and talented — could live and work wherever … Read More

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GreaterMSPahead Initiative Next Steps

Two regional meetings and a yearlong process with GreaterMSPahead partners, kicked off  a regional discussion at the July 8th joint Regional Council of Mayors, ULI MN Advisory Board, and ULI MN Young Leaders Executive Committee meeting.  The discussion focused on 7 proposed regional priorities.  There was no debate about these priorities; in fact, attendees at this special joint meeting seemed itching to get started on making something happen. Read more here. STAR TRIBUNE Opinion Piece Highlights GreaterMSPahead Initiative. See full article here. View the GreaterMSPahead initiative page here.

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Regional Indicators Initiative Live!

A new interactive website will allow citizens of 20 Minnesota cities to track how their communities are reducing greenhouse gas emissions — and how they are not. The Regional Indicators Initiative (RII) site, a vivid and easy-to-use key to a huge storehouse of local energy data, is an outgrowth of several climate change mitigation initiatives by the state Legislature, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Green Step Cities program and the Regional Council of Mayors. It enables citizens to assess emissions from residential and commercial energy use, transportation and other activities … Read More

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