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.

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.

Associated General Contractors of Minnesota celebrates centennial, looks to the future

When the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Minnesota was founded 100 years ago, many contractors still used horse-drawn equipment, mixed concrete by hand and assumed that some workers might not live to see the end of their project.

“It used to be taken for granted, or was not considered abnormal, to lose three or four lives on a large construction project,” Tim Worke, AGC of Minnesota’s CEO, said in an interview about the organization’s past and future. “We would never stand for that today.”

Learn more about AGC’s centennial in Finance & Commerce.

Saint Paul’s cultural districts could get boost from new comprehensive plan

The City of Saint Paul’s draft 2040 comprehensive plan calls for a new focus on 64 “neighborhood nodes.” The plan calls for easing zoning restrictions in these key intersections and destinations to promote a variety of uses.

This could mean greater public and private investment in existing cultural districts, from the District del Sol on Saint Paul’s West Side to the Creative Enterprise Zone at Raymond and University avenues, as well as the creation of new ones.

Read more in the Pioneer Press.

Spring construction planned for apartments near Lyn-Lake

Minneapolis-based Lupe Development Partners announced it will accelerate construction for the first phase of a 111-unit affordable apartment building near Lyn-Lake after the project received critical funding from the Metropolitan Council and the City of Minneapolis’ Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Steve Minn, Lupe Development Partners vice president and chief financial officer, discusses the project and its focus on serving homeless veterans through a unique partnership with the nearby James Ballentine Uptown VFW Post 246 in this Southwest Journal article.

Minnesota is among the leaders in giving to American Indian causes

Recent analysis from the Colorado-based nonprofit First Nations Development Institute shows Minnesota is home to six of the 30 foundations most generous to Native American causes. Between 2006 and 2014, Minnesota-based organizations gave $118.5 million to Indian Country. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is among the most prominent givers with $18 million in gifts to Native American causes last year.

The SMSC Business Council recently sat down with the Star Tribune to discuss the tribe’s approach to giving. Read more in this Star Tribune article.