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Positioning ourselves for prosperity: 2012 Minnesota Compass Annual Meeting

What are the key ingredients to a more prosperous Minnesota, and how can we lay the foundation – in economy, education, and health – today?

Compass Annual Meeting 2012 Indicators show cause for concern but also for some optimism: Attendees at the Compass Annual Meeting get the good news and the not-so-good news.


Future prosperity -- How will we get there?

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven J. Rosenstone outlines a four-part strategy to better prepare our future workforce and regain Minnesota's competitive edge.

Said Rosenstone, "One of our state leaders put it very vividly when he said 'Changes in workforce needs are coming on like a freight train. We're going to very quickly move from worrying about high unemployment to asking where are the workers?' "

See the video of Steve's keynote address

Compass data and trends

Compass researchers Andi Egbert and Craig Helmstetter showed demographics and trends that will make or break our future prosperity, including:

  • An aging population
  • More families in poverty
  • Growing diversity
  • A burgeoning immigrant population
  • Stagnating wages
  • Distressing health trends
  • A widening achievement gap

See the Foundations of Prosperity PowerPoint

See the video of Andi Egbert's presentation

See the video of Craig Helmstetter's presentation

A call to action

Karen Kelley-Ariwoola, Vice President of Community Philanthropy at The Minneapolis Foundation, talked about the OneMinneapolis initiative as an example of how data can frame up and spur action in a community. She exhorted the audience to be:

  • Strategic
  • Intentional
  • Inclusive
  • Outspoken
  • Relentless

See the video of Karen's presentation

Read the One Minneapolis report

compass points

See an annual reading of the state's progress, comparisons with other states, and more.

Speak out: Video

Attendees speak out on the topic of our future prosperity.