Dental, educational, housing worries top survey of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington county residents

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations released the second edition of East Metro Pulse, a 24-page report on the hopes and fears of residents of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties. The 1,950 survey respondents showed concern over dental costs, housing affordability and education. But more than 90 percent of respondents said the East Metro was a good place to raise their families. Dr. Eric Jolly, the Foundations’ president and CEO, discussed the new data with the Pioneer Press.

Read more in the Pioneer Press.

Plastics manufacturer MDI completes expansion at Minneapolis HQ

Minneapolis-based manufacturer MDI, which makes corrugated plastic for packaging and environmental applications, completed a 11,000-square-foot addition to its headquarters facility. The expansion, along with approximately 40 new employees added in the last year, reflects the company’s recent growth.

MDI is also making strides in the medical sector. The company previously converted 2,000 square feet of space into a white room to become certified for medical device assembly and packaging.

With the recent growth of its workforce, the company employs about 120 people in its Minneapolis location, and 525 total staff across all locations, which also includes Hibbing, Grand Rapids and Cohasset. Of its entire workforce, about 40 percent – or 207 individuals – are people with documented disabilities.

Read more at Twin Cities Business.

Farm Bill adds provisions that enforce Native sovereignty

SMSC Vice-Chairman Keith B. Anderson, who co-chairs the Native Farm Bill Coalition, attends the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill in December 2018.

The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly called the Farm Bill, that was signed into law this December includes an historic number of provisions that assert Native sovereignty. The Native Farm Bill Coalition advocated for Native inclusion in the bill, which gives tribal governments more power to help feed their people.

Learn more from Wyoming Public Media.

Meet our newest government relations team member: Kevion Ellis

We are pleased to welcome Kevion Ellis to our government relations team as a legislative assistant. Kevion comes to Goff Public from Colorado, where he served as president of the University of Northern Colorado’s student body while earning his bachelor’s degree in international affairs. Kevion worked as a legislative intern for then-State Representative Dave Young (now Colorado state treasurer) and managed a campaign for Greeley City Council. Born and raised in the small town of Paris, Texas, Kevion is an avid NBA fan.

The legislative session is here…are you ready?

Today marks the first day of the Minnesota Legislature’s 2019 session – and there will be many fresh faces at the State Capitol. In addition to a new administration, nearly 30 percent of the Minnesota House of Representatives will also be new to the Capitol.

Do you know who the elected officials are that represent your organization and its stakeholders? Do these new elected officials know who you are?

Being successful in the halls of government requires political insight and relationships, strategic judgment and persuasive messaging. Goff Public’s bipartisan team offers a range of government relations services, from direct lobbying to issue tracking and polling to coalition building and advocacy. Contact Elizabeth Emerson to learn how Goff Public can help you this session.

Minnesota engineering firms raise record amount for food charities

The Engineering CEOS of Minnesota (ECEOM) annual holiday food drive raised more than $280,000 for local charities before the end of 2018.

“Competition is fierce in our industry,” CEO Bret Weiss of WSB & Associates told the Star Tribune. “I’m proud that our firms share a commitment to improving and supporting our communities. The ECEOM annual food drive is a special opportunity to focus our competitive spirits on raising money to give to those in need.”

Read more about the food drive in the Star Tribune.

A New Year’s Eve at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Reporter Maggie Stanwood gives an insider’s view of the 2019 New Year’s Eve celebration at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Sweet Siren, a pop hits cover band, performed in the GLO pop-up lounge at Mystic Lake – just one of the celebration options that was available for New Year’s Eve revelers at the casino this year.

Read more about the event in the Prior Lake American.