INSPIRATION

  • Opportunities for civic engagement around treaties and tribal rights
  • Basic civic engagement in public schools
  • Policies that encourage a carbon tax that leads to an increase in the use of clean energy
  • Plan is proactive versus reactive/short term versus long term
  • Encourage POCI (people of color and indigenous peoples) and women to run for elected office
  • Bring DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) into curriculum- highlight contributions of POCI, women, LGBTQ individuals in social studies and history

CONCERN

  • Farm policy- supports for unhealthy food but not healthy food
  • Policy around the protection of land avenues against drift
  • Waste of food is happening already- expanding into new practices don’t make sense “use by dates”
  • Natural resource extraction is inevitable- there needs to be balance between extraction and renewal
  • Water quality statement is too broad
  • Too much policy can hinder production
  • Who gets to define “top talent”?

FINAL THOUGHTS

  • Group here today might not represent the region – although all five counties represented
  • Blueprint may be too progressive
  • Blueprint represents urban and rural
  • Lots of questions still- lack of clarity in how statements are framed
  • There are long term goals- 30-year plan
  • How can we coordinate resources – possible incorporate DevelopMN?
  • Opportunity to share as a community are welcome
  • What do we do to overcome apathy?
  • How will some of these things affect the systems we have in place?

Agriculture

  • Protect the rights of organic/biodynamic farmers from overspray
  • Expand access to land for new/beginning farmers, immigrants, people of color, and veterans
  • Support new alternative markets (organic, perennials for biomass..) versus supporting use of food we already grow (less waste)

Democracy & Civic Engagement

  • Census 2020- Needs to be safe and easy with intentional and persistent participation (outreach?)
  • Encourage POCI (people of color and indigenous peoples) and women to run for elected office
  • Need to have better education- bring back Civics as a requirement
  • Get rid of gerrymandering
  • Implement required education about the history of native treaties
  • Democracy is built upon every citizen, so they have a role.

Education

  • Bring DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) into curriculum- highlight contributions of POCI, women, LGBTQ individuals in social studies and history

Employment/Jobs

  • Retain and welcome talent in the region (quality of place)

Healthcare

  • Instead of universal healthcare, policies that give us healthcare options

Housing

  • Look into ideas such as multi-income neighborhoods

Immigration

  • Resist OR Reverse Federal policy and ICE- Instead, change it to support immigration reform or reversal (original language is polarizing statement)
  • A clearer definition of what adding citizenship status as a protected class in state law looks like

Infrastructure

  • Show the impact of aging failing basic infrastructure and Increase capital for development and maintenance of roads
  • A lot of emphasis on broadband as an important resource (many +s)

Natural Resources/Climate Change/Renewables

  • Need policies that work to significantly reduce carbon, methane, etc.
  • Policies that encourage carbon tax to encourage the development of non-fossil fuels and oil-based products
  • Approach economic development through resource restoration, not resource extraction
  • Defense Department lists climate as the #1 security issue
  • Need a specific commitment to protect water

Rural-Urban Relationships

  • Support more frequent social and cultural exchange programs
  • Reflect an awareness of economic interdependencies