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.
State of the State Infrastructure: the interactive mapping project continues
Our State Auditor Julie Blaha will continue what is officially known as the Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool 2.0, accessible at the State Auditor’s website at: osa.state.mn.us. Plans are being made with the University of Minnesota to expand the maps to include legislative districts, which will help inform state elected officials about the state of public utilities very close to home.
Work on the Equity Blueprint continues
MN2050 continues to work with Growth & Justice and OneMn.org on the Equity Blueprint — a comprehensive policy agenda and socioeconomic contract for achieving equity and inclusive growth. Infrastructure is a critical component to this guide, and intersects with many of the other issues. This is an opportunity for infrastructure advocacy to be combined with other priorities rather than compete against them. More information is available at thrivingbydesignmn.org.
On September 24, the Blueprint chapter on infrastructure will be released at a rollout event in Thief River Falls. All are welcome to attend.
MN APWA promotes Infrastructure Advocacy
Minnesota APWA leaders and MN2050 steering team members have initiated an ambitious infrastructure advocacy campaign that now utilizes a website to focus attention on infrastructure by geographic/legislative areas. They also appeared at the STEM booth at the 2019 State Fair on opening day. MN ASCE supplied several hundred Report Card brochures (not on a stick) for the event.
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/.
“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 ?