March e-newsletter

Insight is a monthly e-mail publication from Goff Public presenting information about cutting-edge industry trends, our clients, our company, and our community.

Check out our March e-newsletter.

Polaris Industries expands reach at the Capitol

Polaris Industries may be known for its snowmobiles, off-road vehicles, and new line of motorcycles, but the company has also been a leading advocate for workforce housing and development. During the 2015 session, Goff Public is assisting Polaris on a handful of issues at the Capitol, ranging from updating the state’s ATV definition to improving housing opportunities in rural communities, to developing a strong workforce. Pictured are Polaris State & Provincial Government Relations Manager J.R. Burke and Roseau Community Development Coordinator Todd Peterson testifying on behalf of Rep. Dan Fabian’s workforce housing bills.

 

Making Minnesota government more efficient

As the front-line staff for Minnesota’s human services safety net, the Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators (MACSSA) has a vested interest in state policy decisions around almost all aspects of health and human services. This year, Goff Public is working with MACSSA to pass legislation that seeks to simplify complex reporting requirements across some key human services programs. The legislation would give county staff more time to focus on client needs (rather than administrative work), minimize errors in the system, and simplify the reporting process for social services clients. In the big picture, it would promote an adequately funded, cost-effective, and community-based human service system that improves the health and wellbeing of Minnesotans. Pictured above is Dan Papin, Director of Community Services for Washington County with Senator Tony Lourey, the bill author for administrative simplification bill.

 

SMSC launches major philanthropic campaign to improve Native American nutrition

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) recently launched Seeds of Native Health, a major philanthropic campaign to improve the nutrition of Native Americans across the country. Generations of extreme poverty and the loss of traditional foods have resulted in poor and inadequate diets for many Native Americans, leading to increased obesity, diabetes, and other profound health problems. The SMSC is committing $5 million to launch the campaign.

Pioneer Press reports “Saint Paul Kellogg Boulevard bridge fixes will be worth the hassle”

Project engineer Brent Christensen leads a group in a tour underneath a soon to be demolished section of Kellogg Avenue in St. Paul on Monday, Tuesday, March 16, 2015. (Pioneer Press: Ben Garvin)

More than 80 years after its construction, the City of Saint Paul Public Works Department is reconstructing Kellogg Boulevard from Market Street to Wabasha Street. Kellogg Boulevard in downtown Saint Paul is made up of several complex and relatively unknown bridges, which were designed to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding sidewalk, roadway, utilities and buildings. Originally built in the 1930s, these bridges are among the 10 most deficient bridges owne

The City of Saint Paul and Goff Public took the Pioneer Press on a tour of the bridges. Read the article here.

 

Former Mexican President inspires Judson University crowd

Judson University in Illinois gained significant media attention for its signature annual event, the World Leaders Forum, whose 2015 speaker was former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon. President Calderon inspired a sold-out crowd of more than 400 people with a speech on leadership and the global economy. Past World Leaders Forum speakers include George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Condoleezza Rice.