Policy Conference Program, Thursday, October 11, 2018

7:30–10:15 a.m.

Morning Activities

7:30–8:30 a.m.— Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30–8:45 a.m.— Welcome and Opening Remarks

Katherine Schill, Minnesota House of Representatives

8:45–9:45 a.m.— We CAN All Do Better

Mary Brainerd, Former CEO, HealthPartners, and Chair of the Center for Economic Inclusion

What does shared prosperity look like? Why is it important? As former CEO of Health Partners and Chair of the Center for Economic Inclusion, Mary Brainerd will reflect on why this work is key and what impact it can have on us all. Learn about the emerging work Minnesota organizations are doing to step up to the challenge of giving every child, prenatal to age three, a great start. By creating new approaches to this work and with the proper policies, we can create a shared future that benefits everyone.

9:45–10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions and Lunch

Session 1: How Can Philanthropy Improve the Condition of Our Democracy?

Moderator: Bernadine Joselyn, Public Policy and Engagement, Blandin Foundation
Speakers: Kathleen Annette, Blandin Foundation
Jerry Nagel, President, Meadowlark Institute
Dane Smith, President Emeritus, Growth and Justice

This session digs deeper into the themes from last year’s keynote address by Dr. Eric Jolly, CEO of the St. Paul and Minnesota Community Foundation, on Exploring Where Philanthropy and Public Policy Meet: 1) learning the rules of engagement, 2) recognizing common misperceptions of government and philanthropy, and 3) nurturing transformational change for a better Minnesota. Practitioners will describe innovative efforts by Minnesota’s philanthropic community, in partnership with the public sector and civil society, that go beyond grant making to help create and support the conditions needed for democracy to thrive: informed, engaged, and hopeful people who recognize their self interest in an equitable society with opportunity for all. Examples will include philanthropy’s role in: preparing Minnesota to achieve a “complete count” in the 2020 census; building civic muscles for listening and learning across differences; and community-wide education partnerships focused on helping all students succeed from birth through post-secondary career readiness.

Session 2: The Future of Work and Workers in Minnesota – What Do We Know Now?

Moderator: TBD
Speakers: Susan Brower and Sean Williams, State of Minnesota
Timothy O’Neill, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 

With a healthy economy and low unemployment, Minnesota is riding a wave of prosperity.  But how long will it last?  What does the future hold for those who live and work in Minnesota?  Two different presentations will shed some light on demographic trends – of young Minnesotan migration patterns and of shifts in major industry sectors – with the promise of change for Minnesota’s future.

Session 3: Who Can You Trust These Days? Minnesotans’ Perspectives on Institutions

Moderator: Kassira Absar, APM Research Lab, American Public Media | Minnesota Public Radio
Speakers: Mike Edgerly, Minnesota Public Radio News
Andi Egbert, APM Research Lab, American Public Media | Minnesota Public Radio
Bernadeia Johnson, Minnesota State University Mankato
Lori Sturdevant, Star Tribune

In fall 2017, Minnesota Public Radio News and the new APM Research Lab fielded the “Ground Level Survey” to ask Minnesotans about their lives and our shared public life. The Lab will present findings about Minnesotans’ (dis)trust in institutions—including government, schools, and the media. When fake news, scandal, and gridlock erode the public’s trust, how can we rebuild it? Our panel of thought leaders will reflect and offer insights.

Session 4: Battling Together: Approaches to Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

Moderator: Dave Rompa, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Speakers: Pamela Mink, Minnesota Department of Health
Patina Park, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
Antony Stately, Native American Community Clinic

In the cities, small towns, and reservation areas across Minnesota, many communities have been devastated by the opioid epidemic. What is the nature of the issue, the prevalence, the level of severity within the state? What are the policy options to combat this crisis? Panelists will share perspectives on the opioid epidemic and discuss different interventions to address it in Minnesota with a special focus on the Native American community.

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:45–2:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions and Break

Session 5: A Buyer’s Guide to Economic Impact Analysis – Dan Marckel

Moderator: Dan Marckel, Metropolitan Council 
Speaker: Todd Graham, Metropolitan Council

Economic impact analysis is an approach to analyzing how a policy change, project, or some other catalyst affects a regional economy's trajectory and outcomes: We specify attributes of an alternative future scenario, and we compare that against a baseline or no-build scenario. Economic impact analysis has a long history. They've been both used and misused, as proponents of new policies and projects try to prove that their schemes incite economic growth exceeding what meets the eye -- and offsetting the upfront costs.

In this "buyer's guide" orientation, Todd Graham will describe the logic, the moving parts, and the assumptions vested in an economic impact analysis. Understanding these elements, savvy buyers will be prepared to interrogate the economic growth pitch that often accompanies economic policy proposals and megaprojects. Examples will include projects that did or did not happen in the Twin Cities metro.

Session 6: Statewide Approaches to Affordable Housing

Moderator: Kris Norman-Major, Hamline University
Speakers: Warren Hanson, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
Barb Jeanetta, Alliance Housing
Brittany Lewis, University of Minnesota, Center for Urban Regional Affairs
John Patterson, Minnesota Housing

The housing challenges facing the state differ by region and yet the goal is the same—to provide safe, affordable and stable housing for Minnesota’s residents. This panel will explore the issues related to urban and rural housing and focus on programs designed to address the challenges and move MN closer to the goal of providing affordable housing for all. The discussion will include highlights from the Governor’s Housing Task Force as well as the roles for the public, private and nonprofit sectors in building solutions.

Session 7: High-Resolution Climate Projections to Aid Local Planning and Implementation Efforts

Moderator: Brenda Hoppe, Minnesota Department of Health
Invited Speakers: Kenneth Blumenfeld, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Patrick Hamilton, Science Museum of Minnesota
Tracy Twine, University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water, and Climate

Minnesota’s climate is changing in dramatic, observable ways. We face growing numbers of un-swimmable, unfishable lakes and rivers, infrastructure susceptible to extreme weather, and increased threats to health and wellbeing. Local level projections including temperature, precipitation and other weather‐related variables are urgently needed by researchers, planners, engineers, farmers and businesses to ensure sound planning and implementation of effective adaptation strategies for protecting our natural environment, built infrastructure, economy and health.

Session 8: Mapping Prejudice: Racial Covenants and Structural Racism in Minneapolis

Moderator: Jim Davnie, Minnesota House of Representatives 
Speakers: Kirsten Delegard and Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, University of Minnesota Borchert Map Library
Heather Worthington, City of Minneapolis

Mapping Prejudice is working to document and map the racial restrictions buried in historic Hennepin County property deeds. The goal is to create the first comprehensive map of racial covenants in a U.S. city. This map is making structural racism in Minneapolis visible: www.mappingprejudice.org. The research team uses the visual to demonstrate that residential segregation was deliberately manufactured. At the same time, team members are working with policymakers in Minneapolis to shape new policies that can erode contemporary racial disparities.

2:00–2:15 p.m. Break

2:15–4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions, Break and Closing Session

Session 9: Impacts of Federal Tax Reform: The Real-Life Experience

Moderator: TBD
Speakers: Mark Haveman, Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence
Nan Madden, Minnesota Budget Project

Ten months after the biggest federal tax reform in 40 years, state and local governments, businesses and individuals are still sifting through changes to implement the new law.  Who are the winners and losers of our new fiscal federalism, and how can Minnesota conform to these new standards when state tax laws are based on old federal tax definitions?  How will these changes impact the every-day lives of Minnesotans?   

Session 10: Strengthening Our Skilled Workforce  

Moderator: Renee Carderelle, Explore the Trades
Speakers: Rick Martagon, Apprenticeship Minnesota
Greg Skulrud, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

The labor shortage within the skilled trades, including carpentry, HVAC, machinist and mechanics, means a lack of resources for critical infrastructure needs, especially during disasters. There is growing evidence that these industries have been unintentionally stigmatized exasperating these shortages. This panel will provide a high-level analysis of the barriers to a robust workforce in the skilled trades and will focus on policy and implementation practices designed to overcome these problems.

Session 11: Setting the Stage for Autonomous Vehicles - Bravos versus Jeers

Moderator: Kate Raddatz (Invited)
Speakers: Kristin White, CAV Innovation Director, Office of Connected & Automated Vehicles, MnDOT; Jonathan Ehrlich, Metropolitan Council; Doug Stang, 3M GO Government Affairs

Driverless cars and buses in Minnesota? The wheels are already turning… While the benefits include greater transportation options for workers, increased mobility for elderly or disabled persons, and transportation efficiencies (fewer cars, accidents, and parking lots), the concerns are considerable, e.g. reliability (especially in winter weather), price, personal safety, liability, regulation, and so on. Join the conversation about the practicality of driverless vehicles, the planning that is necessary for state and local entities, and the drawbacks thus far realized by implementation.

Session 12: Health Equity: Cross-Sector Solutions for Cross-Sector Policy Issues

Moderator: Nate Hierlmaier, Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program
Speakers: Susan Lee-Rife, Hennepin County
Justine Nelson, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Ann Zukoski, Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives

Policy analysis and solutions are often devised in “silos”: Policy-makers are tasked with addressing a single major policy issue such as health equity, poverty, incarceration, food security, and more. Emerging work in Minnesota is showing how each of these policy areas are highly interconnected and require concrete cross-sector policy responses. Panelists from the state, counties, and the community will share their work in linking cross-sector data and what cross-sector policy solutions can look like.

3:30–3:45 p.m. Break

3:45–4:30 p.m. —Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life

Tony Buettner, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Blue Zones Project

To find the path to long life and health, Tony Buettner and his team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits – Power 9® – that keep them spry past age 100. What should you be doing to live a longer life? Tony Buettner debunks the most common myths and offers a science-backed blueprint for the average American to live another 12 quality years.

4:30–5:30 p.m.