It's no secret that Minnesota's population is aging rapidly and our workforce is declining in size, with potentially seismic impacts on business, industry, and the state's overall economic health. Given these realities, how can we keep older workers engaged and productive in the workforce, contributing vital skills to help Minnesota thrive in this changing landscape? What are the conversations that need to happen—between employers and employees, and across rural and urban communities—to tackle this growing challenge?
Over the past two years we've hosted a series of conversations around the state of Minnesota to explore how these dynamics are uniquely impacting our communities and to identify possible solutions. We will conclude the series with a discussion of our findings and recommendations for next steps.
- Guest: New York Times columnist Tom Friedman
- Series moderator: Gary Eichten
- Details and registration link coming soon
This series is brought to you by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with generous support from the McKnight Foundation.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-5340
May 3, 2019 in Austin:
Austin Event Program (PDF)
September 28, 2018 in Thief River Falls:
Thief River Falls Event Program (PDF)
June 14, 2018 in Chisholm:
Chisholm Event Program (PDF)
- Minnesota State Demographer Center (Current Data on Aging)
- Cameron Macht 2015, A Seismic Shift, MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
- Minnesota Compass: Aging Overview
- Aging 2030/Preparing Minnesota for the Age Wave
- Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Council 2011, All Hands on Deck: Sixteen Ideas for Strengthening Minnesota’s Workforce, pages 16-21
- MN State Demographic Center 2013, In the Shadows of the Boomers: Minnesota’s Labor Force Outlook, pages 2-3;
- Minnesota Aging Workforce Summit: Convened by Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon; 2013, University of Minnesota