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University of Minnesota convenes forums to tackle Minnesota's future

On three evenings this spring, experts will offer solutions to three critical issues facing the state

Contacts: Jeff Falk, University News Service, jfalk@umn.edu, (612) 626-1720

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (03/11/2010) —As Minnesota’s policymakers continue to work through Minnesota’s looming budget deficit, the University of Minnesota will host “Minnesota’s Future: 3x3 – 3 Evenings, 3 Critical Issues Facing Minnesota, 3 Solutions,” an innovative forum designed to address the critical public policy issues facing the state today. Moderated by leading university scholars, the three forums will discuss solutions to the challenges facing Minnesota’s economy and business climate, health care system and education and workforce development.

The three 90-minute forums will be held 5-6:30 p.m. on March 23, March 30 and April 6 at the Humphrey Center’s Cowles Auditorium, 301-19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. The forums are open to the public and free of charge.

“We know that every day across Minnesota, policy makers and civic leaders are focused on our state’s pressing challenges, searching for strategies to ensure Minnesota’s future,” says Steven Rosenstone, the university’s vice president for Scholarly and Cultural Affairs. “Here at the University of Minnesota, faculty and staff are working to identify breakthrough solutions to the challenges facing not only Minnesota, but the nation and the world. These forums bring university expertise to bear on the big issues before us in an engaging and timely manner.”

The “Minnesota’s Future” series is being presented by the University Metropolitan Consortium, which links university teaching, research and outreach in the area of metropolitan, urban and suburban change and development to public, private and non-profit sector organizations working in these areas. “Minnesota, once considered the ‘state that works,’ is facing challenges that threaten its quality of life,” says Judith Martin, co-director of the University Metropolitan Consortium. “In serving as a convener of these forums, our goal is to address the key question – ‘What should Minnesota do?’”      

Following is an overview of the topics and presenters.

Tuesday, March 23
“A Thriving Economy and Competitive Business Environment”
Led by Tom Stinson, professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences’ department of Applied Economics, and Minnesota state economist
Panelists: Dan Carr, president and CEO, The Collaborative; Tom Gillaspy, Minnesota state demographer; Tim Penny, former U.S. Congressman and senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Tuesday, March 30
“A Healthy Minnesota”
Led by John Finnegan, dean of the School of Public Health; moderated by Lorna Benson, reporter, Minnesota Public Radio
Panelists: Dave Moen, medical director of Care Model Innovation, Fairview Health Services. Additional panelists to be announced.

Tuesday, April 6
“A Workforce Prepared for the Global Economy”
Led by Kent Pekel, executive director of the university’s College Readiness Consortium
Panelists: Larry Gray, professor in the Institute of Technology’s School of Mathematics; Delores Henderson, principal, St. Paul Ames Elementary; Arthur Reynolds, professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s Institute of Child Development

For further information on the “Minnesota’s Future” forums, visit https://events.umn.edu/Minnesotas-Future-3x3-3-Evenings-3-Challenges-3-Solutions-003960.htm.

 

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