The 2015 Compass Annual Meeting, held February 5, highlighted three key drivers for Minnesota's continued success.
Compass Project Director Craig Helmstetter underscored the important role of racial equity in maintaining the skilled workforce needed to sustain a strong economy in Minnesota, while Meredith Crosby, director of 3Mgives, illustrated how corporations and others can take innovative approaches to solutions.
Among Craig's key points:
1. There are large racial gaps in the percentage of workers who earn a family-sustaining wage.
2. Racial gaps in educational opportunities and achievement remain large.
3. The working-age population will continue to become increasingly diverse.
4. Projected workforce shortages increase the urgency to address racial disparities.
"Transportation is access," said Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle, co-chair of the Compass Transportation Advisory Group. He also said that the transportation landscape is quickly changing, but to successfully meet future needs, we must build on our present infrastructure. So how well are we doing? Craig Helmstetter highlighted data from the revised Compass key measures released at the meeting that answers these questions:
Greater Minnesota Profiles
"Communities across Minnesota now have data profiles to inform action," said Craig Helmstetter, as he pointed out some demographic trends, such as:
Where immigration populations are prevalent
Educational attainment across the state
Craig also pointed to some comparisons among Minneapolis and Saint Paul neighborhoods that the new neighborhood profiles allow, such as income level inequities by neighborhood. Sarah Hernandez, McKnight Foundation (which prvided support for the development of the profiles), introduced three people to explain how their organizations used neighborhood profiles to forward their work.
|Diane Wanner, District Council coordinator, Saint Paul Council Research Office explained how neighborhood data is helping decision-making.||Samir Saikali, manager of grants and data for Neighborhood Development Center described how the NDC uses neighborhood data to share their story with national audiences.||Eric Gustafson, executive director, Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, shared how Corcoran uses neighborhood data in organizing, education, and policy work.|