Saturday, April 30, 2016

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] April 2016

[#mnrising Dispatch] April 2016

We've recently completed our Greater Minnesota Rising research project and are pleased to share the results of the Environmental Scan and recommendations in the Final Report to engage emerging leaders in North and West Central Minnesota. We're especially excited to have been referenced in testimony last month by Ben Winchester as he spoke to the House Committee on Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy about rural migration trends. See below for more details about the "Brain Gain Bill" he advocated support of and visit the Greater Minnesota Rising webpage to see our recommendations and final report. In this election year, we're excited to be finding ever more ways to engage and invest in emerging leaders in communities across Minnesota!

The BIZZY Project Contest

BIZZY Coffee
Submit your idea today for a chance to win $5000 cash, mentorship, and more! Have you a passion project, an advocacy, an entrepreneurial endeavor, a business or a community outreach for which you need help? What do you stand for, what are you passionate about, what are you itching to create, what cause is dearest to your heart? Simple or grand, we’d like to hear it, because it might just be what we're looking for. What is The BIZZY Project? The BIZZY Project is a SEARCH: We're searching for ideas and great minds. Nothing is more powerful than a bright idea waiting to happen, stoked by the fires of clear thinking, passionate spirits and a support system. [Read more.]

The "Brain Gain Bill"

HF 2872

The Greater Minnesota Rising research project was referenced last month during testimony to the House of Representatives Committee on Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy. Ben Winchester testified in support of HF2872, the Greater Minnesota Workforce and Community Development Pilot Grant Program (also known as the "Brain Gain Bill"). The bill focuses on enhancing digital content in rural areas, as well as providing support for community development activities that strengthen resident recruitment. The meeting was recorded and Ben's testimony begins at 48:00. [Listen here.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Architects of Tomorrow
Leadercast 2016
Friday, May 6
7:00am - 3:30pm
Saint John's University

Salsa, Sushi, and Soul
Friday, May 6
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Walker Art Center

B2B Marketing Trends: Where to Invest Your Resources
Friday, May 13
8:00am - 10:00am
514 Studios

2nd Friday Networking Happy Hour
Twin Cities Urban Professionals Network
Friday, May 13
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Stella's Fish Cafe

Hack the Gap Hackathon
May 14 - 15
8:00pm - 5:00pm

Newcomer Nosh: Nordeast Edition
Sunday, May 22
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Red Stag Supperclub

Code Switch
Open Twin Cities
June 4 - 5
8:00am - 7:00pm
Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central


Making Our #MNRising Mark!

Don't forget to tag your upcoming emerging leader events, thoughts, musings, and more,#mnrising, on Twitter and Facebook. Let's aggregate and organize ourselves for increased interaction and potential for collaboration! 
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