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President's Message

June 21, 2019

President's Message
Summer is here…finally! 
 
I hope this letter finds you doing well and enjoying some warm Minnesota weather! Warm wasn’t exactly how I’d describe the spring conference last month, but nonetheless, it was a great conference and time well spent with fellow members of our Chapter. If you were able to attend, thank you! Your attendance was much appreciated!
 
One of the conference highlights was the launching of the Raise Our Grade Minnesota website. As you’ve likely heard by now, Minnesota’s overall infrastructure grade is a ‘C’. A grade of ‘C’ indicates infrastructure is in mediocre condition that requires attention. If our grade drops, infrastructure costs increase and our quality of life is adversely impacted. As a member of the Minnesota Chapter, you understand this. Now we want (need!) all Minnesotans to understand this…parents, grandparents, teachers, neighbors, and friends. Everyone. Please share the website link with others (www.raiseourgrademn.org) and have them pass it along.
 
On the website, visitors can view Minnesota’s report card details, Dig Deeper to learn more about infrastructure, and for each of Minnesota’s congressional districts, read regional infrastructure stories that matter most to them. They can also view a list of unfunded projects in their district. We hope visitors to the website are encouraged to send an email to their legislator via the link provided. The hope is that legislators hear us and infrastructure funding becomes a priority. Together, we can all help to raise our grade in Minnesota. 
 
Other work being done by the Chapter includes updating our three-year strategic plan, ensuring we continue to focus on efforts that positively impact a larger reach of people, and efforts that have a large return on their investment. Some exciting ideas we will be exploring involve the Science Museum of Minnesota and STEM. We are also busy with final details for the summer golf outing on July 11 at Bunker Hills and have started planning for the fall conference in November. 
 
Towards the end of summer comes the 2019 PWX conference, which will be held in Seattle on September 8th through the 11th. If you’ve never attended the conference, I would highly encourage it! PWX is a highly attended national conference with excellent speakers, numerous sessions for learning, and opportunities for networking with peers from all over the US and beyond. If you do attend PWX, please be sure to join us for the Chapter Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Shaker + Spear in Seattle! Visit the Chapter’s website to register.
 
Enjoy the summer and I look forward to seeing many of you next month at the summer golf outing.
 
Sincerely,
Amy Grothaus
Chapter President

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