Monday, August 13, 2018
Get out and vote
Your vote matters. The Primary Election Day is TOMORROW, August 14. By voting in the primary, you get to help choose the candidates for the General Election, and there are important primaries across the ballot.
Learn more about how you can register to vote, where to participate on Election Day, other ways to vote and what is on your ballot by clicking here .
Minneapolis Public Schools will be asking voters to support a $30 million referendum in November
"In June, the Minneapolis Public Schools board unanimously finalized a financial ask that has the potential to help the state’s third-largest district regain some long-needed financial stability: a two-question, $30 million referendum on the November ballot."

At our last Public Affairs Forum, we spoke with Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff about the referendum and the challenges currently facing our schools.

Read more about the referendum in this MinnPost article .
Marco continues expansion in Illinois and Wisconsin
Marco recently announced that it has acquired the Managed and Infrastructure Support Services previously provided by Ticomix. The 21 employees from Ticomix that support these IT services have joined Marco’s team and will be serving clients from Marco’s current office in Rockford, IL and Ticomix’s office in Milwaukee, WI.

Revisions to Hennepin County’s recycling ordinance now available for public comment
The county has released draft revisions to its recycling ordinance, which includes a requirement for businesses that generate large quantities of food waste to implement food waste recycling by January 1, 2020. This proposed requirement will potentially affect businesses, including restaurants.  

Requirements would apply to certain businesses that generate one ton of trash or more per week or contract for weekly collection of eight or more cubic yards of trash.

A summary of the proposed requirements and the draft revisions are available here . Comments are being accepted through August 17 via a survey or by email to .
Wednesday, August 15 | 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. | Jax Cafe

Unbound: A New Conversation about Public Education in Minneapolis  is a campaign to promote dialogue about complex issues in our public schools and is a collaboration between the Graves Foundation and Pollen Midwest. Join us for a lively discussion about such critical issues as changing demographics, budget challenges, school choice, integration, our future workforce and why business and the community must engage.

Thank you to our series sponsors CenterPoint Energy and Wells Fargo and host Jax Cafe .
Thursday, August 23 | 11:30 am - 1:00 p.m. | Bearpath Golf & Country Club

Technology is one of the most important aspects of business. According to recent research, 67 percent of companies are worried about security issues such as malware, phishing and data theft. This month B.E.E.R. heads to Bearpath with Bryan Van Den Heuvel from Arctic Wolf, Craig Sixta from Element Technologies, and a representative from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office to discuss how you can improve threat detection. Reserve your spot today!

Thank you to our sponsor Insperity.
Friday, August 24 | 7:30 - 9:00 1.m. | Minneapolis College (MCTC)

The MSP region is known for its steady economy and strong workforce, yet our employment disparities are some of the worst in the nation for workers from communities of color in terms of access to training and finding the right employment. We also face an overall projected worker shortage. How will the region meet the growing demand for technical workers, develop job training and prepare for an increasingly complex working environment? Hear from our expert panel at the next Good Morning Minneapolis.

Vincent Thomas, Dean of Continuing Education & Workforce Development | Minneapolis College
Khadija Ali, President & CEO | Global Language Connections
Eric Muschler, Program Officer Region & Communities | McKnight Foundation 

Thank you to our series sponsor Wells Fargo.
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The Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Sprint
The Sprint Works Program offers a discounts of 15% on select rate plans to members of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber. If the customer is active on Unlimited Freedom, they will receive a $5 discount instead of the % discount associated with the company.

Any subscriber on the account qualifies for the Sprint Works Program discount . The name on the proof document must match a name listed as a subscriber. The subscriber does not need to be the Account Holder.

Visit for details.