Paul Williams, MA '90

September 23, 2021

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 21-31 , establishing the new Governor’s Council on Economic Expansion. The Council brings together 15 labor, business, philanthropic, and non-profit leaders from across the state to provide recommendations on expanding Minnesota’s economy.

Portrait of Paul Williams
Paul Williams, MA '90
CEO and President, Project for Pride In Living

Paul Williams, MA '90, CEO and president of Project for Pride in Living will co-chair The Council.

“We know the impact of the pandemic has fallen especially hard on communities of color and Minnesotans with low incomes,” said Williams. “Together, we can build a thriving economy that will help everyone in our state emerge stronger.”

The Council will first identify immediate actions, potential policy changes, and recommendations to leverage remaining American Rescue Plan funding to advance equitable economic growth. The group will then focus on developing a long-term roadmap to achieve a more equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient Minnesota through public, private, and nonprofit systemic change.

The Council will work with state, local, and tribal governments; businesses; workers; higher education institutions; nonprofits; grassroots movements; and communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the inequitable systems of the past and by the pandemic.

The complete announcement is found here, and for more information about the Council click here.