Wednesday, June 17, 2015

You're Invited: "Rally Cry" | Fashion

Pollen is partnering with Greater MSP to make MSP the best place to live, work, and thrive. Join them for the upcoming "Rally Cry" series, the first of which is focused on the local fashion micro-community. See below for more details and to RSVP for a seat next to the runway.

Pollen is excited to announce the launch of a new series around talent attraction and retention.
In partnership with Greater MSP"Rally Cry | A Make It. MSP. Conversation" will focus on six specific micro-communities—economic hubs that each face a deep need to better connect and better equip their members for success. Through community conversation, problem solving, and action, Rally Cry will narrow in on how we truly make our region a #1 place to live, work, and succeed.
Why it matters:
By the year 2020, it's estimated that the need for workers in the Twin Cities metro will outpace the projected growth of our workforce. We'll have 100,000 job openings and no one with the right skills to fill them.

2020. That's less than five years from now.
This gap is driven by several factors:
  • A growing achievement gap among people of color
  • A lack of regional brand image to attract young adults
  • Low population growth
  • An aging workforce
These trends and the resulting shortage in MSP's workforce will limit our region's growth and our economic hubs' ability to prosper at home. It's time for us to rally together and make MSP the best place to live, work, and thrive.

Join us at the Minneapolis Club on Wednesday, June 24, from 5:30-8 pm for Rally Cry | Fashion, featuring an expert panel's analysis of the state of the fashion community and a town hall discussion. We will learn from members of the community how they would like to be better supported and how a truly thriving version of the fashion industry could have an enormous long-term impact on our region's overall retention and attraction of the best talent.

The goal is to leave this event full of passion, energy, and—most importantly—tangible ideas for how to make the fashion community thrive.


To truly be a place where new ideas can spark and stay, we have to better support these niche industries and the people who run them.

Innovators who are "up-to-somethingers" and "make-it-happeners" not only succeed in diverse, multi-faceted communities—they depend on it.

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