Raise Our Grade Minnesota

Raise Our Grade Minnesota was established to bring infrastructure awareness to residents with the assistance of the APWA-MN Chapter members and sponsors. In 2019, a website (www.raiseourgrademn.org) was developed to help citizens reach out to their legislators to alert them of infrastructure needs in their area. 

Since 2019, the Raise Our Grade Minnesota Subcommittee continues to get its message out to the public through community events, STEM Day at the State Fair, conferences, Infrastructure Talks, and Infrastructure Walking Tours. With the influx of infrastructure funding coming from the federal government, it is not enough to meet all the construction repairs and improvements needed by the communities throughout Minnesota. 

Here is a video from Minnesota Public Works professionals expressing the need for concentrated effort in improving Minnesota's infrastructure.

Let's Let's Talk Infrastructure!Talk Infrastructure!‚Äč

APWA-MN Chapter's Raise Our Grade, MN is conducting short, informal discussions focused on Minnesota's infrastructure. This effort is an attempt to engage, educate, and build relationships with those at the capitol. These talks will be high-level discussions about the vast amount of infrastructure in the state in order to gain an understanding that infrastructure (not just roads) needs to be a priority in order to maintain the quality of life Minnesotans are expecting and need to thrive.

If you missed any of the sessions, you can watch them on YouTube shown below. Please contact Kristin Asher, Chair, Raise Our Grade, MN Subcommittee, kasher@richfieldmn.gov if you have any questions. 

 

Let's Talk Infrastructure - Dig Deeper
Presentation (pdf) - See YouTube video of this session.

Let's Talk Infrastructure - Water
Presentation (pdf) - See YouTube video of this session.

Let's Talk Infrastructure - Emerging Trends
Presentation (pdf) - See YouTube video of this session.

Let's Talk Infrastructure - Benefits of Bonding
Presentation (pdf) - See YouTube video of this session.

Let's Talk Infrastructure - Is spring pothole season?
Mike Rief, WSB - Presentation (pdf) and Luke Lortie, Ramsey County - Presentation (pdf) - See YouTube video of this session.

In February 2022, the APWA-MN Chapter, Raise Our Grade Minnesota, MN2050, and Senator Ann Johnson Stewart hosted four infrastructure talks focusing on our critical utility infrastructure. View the talks on YouTube below.

Let's Talk Infrastructure  #1 - Utility Systems and Funding
Presentation (pdf) - See YouTube video of this session.

Let's Talk Infrastructure #2 - Drinking Water Infrastructure
Presentation (pdf) - See YouTube video of this session

Let's Talk Infrastructure #3 - Wastewater Infrastructure
Presentation (pdf) - See YouTube video of this session

Let's Talk Infrastructure #4 - Stormwater Challenges
Presentation (pdf) - See YouTube video of this session

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