The Impact of Minnesota's Aging Workforce
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?
The Center hosted a series of conversations around the state of Minnesota from 2017 to 2019, to explore how these dynamics are uniquely impacting our communities and to identify possible solutions.
We concluded the series with a public forum in September 2019 to discuss our findings and recommendations for next steps, with special guest Tom Friedman, columnist for The New York Times.
This series was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with generous support from the McKnight Foundation.
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Citizens commission and project team
Sadiq Abdirahman, Minnesota IT Services, State of Minnesota
Sen. Paul Anderson (R), District 44, Chair, Higher Education Finance and Policy; Member, Taxes
Ben DeNucci, Itasca County Commissioner
Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL), District 51B, Health and Human Services Finance Division
Pahoua Hoffman, Executive Director, Citizens League
Rep. Deb Kiel (R), District 1B, House Subcommittee on Aging and Long Term Care
Jeff Kletscher, Board Chair, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency; President, Floodwood Business & Community Partnership
LaRhae Knatterud, Director of Aging Transformation, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL), District 11, Health and Human Services Finance and Policy, ranking minority member (stepped away from project upon departing the Senate in January 2019)
Rajean Moone, Executive Director, MN Leadership Council on Aging
Erin Parrish, Associate State Director of Advocacy and Outreach, AARP-MN
Philomena Morrissey Satre, Director of Diversity & Inclusion and External Strategic Partnerships, Land O’Lakes
Nasibu Sareva, Executive Director, African Development Center
Kate Schaefers, Volunteer State President, AARP-MN; Executive Director, University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Initiative
Vicki Stute, Vice President, Programs and Business Services, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Jonathan Weinhagen, President and CEO, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
Project leads: Professor Larry Jacobs and Kate Cimino, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Research assistants: Hannah Rank and Alison Kirgis
Moderator: Gary Eichten
Writers: Todd Melby and Frank Jossi
Photographer: Bruce Silcox