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"New Metropolis Minnesota: Growing Together as a Region" forum features film with University of Minnesota Law School professor Myron Orfield

Contacts: Jill Mazullo, 1000 Friends of Minnesota,, (651) 312-1000 ext. 204
Cynthia Huff, Law School,, (612) 625-6691
Patty Mattern, University News Service,, (612) 624-2801

March 7, 2011

A forum called "New Metropolis Minnesota: Growing Together as a Region" will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington. The public is invited to join the forum for a conversation about the Twin Cities' older suburbs at a time of pivotal leadership transition at the state and regional levels.

Terri Thao, program officer with Nexus Community Partners, will serve as host for the event. Portions of Andrea Torrice's documentary, "The New Metropolis," will be shown, and a diverse panel of citizen representatives and public officials will discuss various issues. Among the panel members are Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh, Richfield Mayor Debbie Goettel, Eden Prairie parent Ahmed Jama and Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment Through Research (HACER) Executive Director Rodolfo Gutierrez. Audience members will have the opportunity to pose their own questions to the panel.

"The New Metropolis" features University of Minnesota Law School Professor Myron Orfield, executive director of the Institute on Race and Poverty, a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and an affiliated faculty member at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Orfield is co-author with Thomas F. Luce Jr. of the recently released book, "Region: Planning the Future of the Twin Cities."

The event is sponsored by 1000 Friends of Minnesota, Twin Cities Public Television, the Surdna and Ford Foundations and Torrice Productions. Advisory organizations include the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, the Housing Preservation Project, the Institute on Race & Poverty, ISAIAH, Metro Cities, the Metropolitan Council, the Urban Land Institute/Regional Council of Mayors and the University of Minnesota.

The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. Registration is required, at

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