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Talent and the Future of the Workplace

Posted by: Amanda Taylor on Friday, September 18, 2020

This week the intel team is examining job posting and office real estate data to build a stronger picture of the shifting dynamics of remote work. We are posing some big questions about the implications of regional employers allowing talent to continue to work from home or remotely. While these datasets help us get a better understanding of this future of work trend, it’s critical that we get your feedback by participating in two surveys that are open right now to help us understand how to build effective strategies to continue to attract and retain great talent.

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Video: Help Retain, Attract, and Welcome Talent

Posted by: Zach Jenson on Friday, September 18, 2020

Since Make It. MSP.'s launch in 2016, hundreds of partners have collaborated through the initiative to better attract, welcome, and retain talent to the MSP region. Today, Peter is joined by two members of the Make It. MSP Leadership Council: Irma Márquez Trapero, Executive Director at LatinoLEAD, and Pamela Lampert, Chief Human Resources Officer at Pohlad Companies. Together, they discuss how the talent landscape of the region is changing, and how our ability to attract and retain talent with still be a critical part of our economic recovery.

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Monthly Indicators and Real-Time Data Key to Measuring MSP’s Recovery

Posted by: Amanda Taylor on Thursday, September 10, 2020

Each month the GREATER MSP intel team tracks economic indicators for the MSP region and publishes the MSP Economic Pulse to share across the Partnership. Included in the Pulse are monthly results of the Census Bureau’s household survey, which produces labor force characteristics, and the employer survey, which produces employment and payroll characteristics. We also publish monthly job postings trends, sourced from a third-party data provider that scrapes job postings sites across the web to produce a monthly count of unique job postings. Since April, the Pulse has been an increasingly important resource for tracking the economic health of the region because it provides nearly real-time economic conditions on the regional economy. 

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Video: It’s Time for Twin Cities Startup Week

Posted by: Zach Jenson on Thursday, September 10, 2020

Twin Cities Startup Week is the second-largest free entrepreneurial festival in the U.S and, like many other events, it will be going fully virtual this year. To learn more, Peter speaks with Casey Shultz, Executive Director of BETA, and Damola Ogundipe, CEO of Civic Eagle, about the importance of TCSW. Casey speaks to the silver linings of hosting the event at such an unusual time, and why one of its programs is actually responsible for her moving to Minnesota. Damola talks about how he may never have started Civic Eagle without TCSW, and the how the local startup community is working to turn racial justice conversations into actions.

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Five Key Learnings from the Regional Economic Framework

Posted by: Amanda Taylor on Friday, August 28, 2020

The Regional Economic Framework was developed to support the economic well-being of the Minneapolis Saint Paul region and its businesses, communities, and residents. The Framework represents a partnership between the Metropolitan Council, the Center for Economic Inclusion, and GREATER MSP. Now adopted, the Framework qualifies the region for funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for COVID-19 pandemic disaster recovery and resiliency funding. This week, Amanda Taylor provides her insights into the key learnings from developing the Framework, including how the collaboration in developing the Framework has strengthened alignment of economic development strategies with comprehensive planning and community development. Read more here.

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Video: Investing Big in Our Innovation Community

Posted by: Maggie Habashy on Friday, August 21, 2020

Mary Grove and Brett Brohl, Forge North Leadership Council members and managing directors of Bread and Butter Ventures, share how they are supporting early stage entrepreneurs through their new fund and what it will take to double the number of startups raising early stage capital in our region.

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Venture Capital Deal Activity: Weathering COVID-19 and the Future Innovation Economy

Posted by: Amanda Taylor and Frances Huntley on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

This week, Peter talked with Mary Grove and Brett Brohl, founders and managing partners of Bread and Butter Ventures,  a new early-stage venture capital fund based in MSP and investing globally. They talked about the future of the innovation economy, MSP’s startup ecosystem, and the region’s bold goal to double the number of startups accessing early stage capital in MSP. Mary Grove spoke discerningly to the geographic location of MSP – in the dead center, the “bread and butter” of the country- being a huge advantage for our region and making it an excellent place to grow and invest. In 2019, the GREATER MSP Partnership, having also recognized this opportunity, invested in and launched Forge North, the region’s startup and innovation ecosystem-building initiative. The coalition brings together MSP’s massive startup ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate innovators and other allies. Both Mary and Brett serve on Forge North’s Leadership Council and were instrumental in building the coalition. This week, the intel team is analyzing venture capital deal data for 2020-to date to see how venture financing activity is trending through the COVID-19 pandemic and to examine trends for our regions core sector verticals.

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MSP Resiliency and the New Climate Economy

Posted by: Amanda Taylor on Friday, August 14, 2020

Problem solving is the heart of innovation and the Minneapolis Saint Paul region is a place that prides itself on solving big problems. In times of crisis, we innovate. The COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge for the region, and the economic upheaval that has followed is a threat to MSP’s prosperity. But it is our innovative capacity, our agility and adaptability, that brings hope for a reimagined MSP. This week we explore five reasons we see MSP being well positioned to move quickly and innovatively to be a global leader in the New Climate Economy. MSP has the assets to make it happen, but we cannot wait until the economy has restarted to get serious about the climate crisis.

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Video: Setting the Stage for a New Climate Economy in MSP

Posted by: Zach Jenson on Friday, August 14, 2020

COVID-19 forced a shift in individual behaviors that is creating a temporary reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Lasting progress on climate solutions will require new thinking and long-term investments.  Dr. Jessica Hellmann, Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota has ideas about how we can make the most of this moment of change to re-imagine our future and build back better to create a more sustainable, equitable and competitive economy in our region.

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Data Viz Challenge Highlights Power of Data Science Community in MSP

Posted by: Zach Jenson & Amanda Taylor on Thursday, July 30, 2020

The future of work is here. New technologies are emerging that require new skills and qualifications. There are jobs that exist now that did not five years ago.  There is no better example than the recent emergence of skills in data science. Along with artificial intelligence and machine learning, demand for talent with skills and experience in these emerging technologies is skyrocketing globally.

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