Lack of timely attention to reasonable public infrastructure investment hinders economic development, safety, and quality of life in Minnesota
To articulate a convincing case for increased infrastructure investment across Minnesota through a partnership presenting a coordinated voice and unified, comprehensive needs information for today’s and tomorrow’s citizens and leaders.
Please vote in the General Election. It’s particularly important this time.
MN APWA, MN ASCE, OneMn.org and Growth & Justice have overlapping initiatives underway to advocate for Minnesota infrastructure. MN2050 supports all of these. We hope to be much more effective at influencing decision-making at local, state and national levels next year. Electing good people to represent us would be a good start this year.
So please vote. And encourage others—family, friends, enemies—to vote. And plan to hold the winners accountable.
MN APWA will emphasize Infrastructure Advocacy
Minnesota APWA leaders and MN2050 steering team members have been wrestling with an ambitious infrastructure advocacy campaign plan draft prepared by Scott Barsuhn. The intent is that the plan for MN APWA will guide that group and also provide a template for action for MN2050 partners to adapt for their own organizations or add support for other advocacy work already underway. More information will be shared at the APWA-MN Fall Workshop & Conference, November 14-16 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center.
Work on the Equity Blueprint continues
MN2050 has worked with Growth & Justice and OneMn.org on several drafts of the infrastructure section of the planned Blueprint. Work on other parts of the Blueprint is also progressing. Community meetings have been taking place to gather input and support. The full group that initially met in Granite Falls last June will meet again December 10-11 at Grand Casino Hinckley to finalize the first iteration of the Blueprint. The Blueprint will integrate advocacy for several equity related concerns that have been typically pursued separately. By adding our infrastructure investment plea we expect to leverage our influence at the state level starting in 2019.
Meanwhile, OneMn.org is undertaking an aggressive a ‘Get Out the Vote” effort prior to the upcoming General Election November 6. We will be urging our partners—in a clearly non-partisan effort—to encourage their members to vote.
The Report Card is out
The 2018 Minnesota Infrastructure Report Card was released at a press conference at the Capitol October 9. The overall average grade is “C” which The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) defines as “Mediocre, Requires Attention.” No category received higher than a “B” (“Good, Adequate for Now”). Minnesota Roads came in lowest with a “D+” (a “D” is described as “Poor, At Risk”). The work was done by MN Section ASCE volunteers led by Jason Staebell of Hennepin County Public Works. The Report Card is available at: https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.
State of the State Infrastructure: the interactive mapping project
Our State Auditor Rebecca Otto has been the driving force behind the interactive mapping project (city utility information) created at the University of Minnesota by Leonard Kne and his staff of electronic wizards. She is stepping down in January, with a new elected State Auditor coming on. We aren’t sure what will happen with this unique service. For now, the data remains available at: http://www.osa.state.mn.us/
“Failing, infrastructure is.” – Yoda
Quick links to our three videos
Anytime, day or night you can access these links on Twin Cities Public Television (tpt). Please watch all three 2014 videos co-produced by MN2050 and tpt. Learn, understand and think: can you do something about our State of Repair ?