Where the ASCE report card tries to condense into a single letter the condition of our vast systems of infrastructure for public consumption, the MN 2050 group is building a coalition of infrastructure organizations to leverage ASCE’s condensed message into action. The action starts with a consolidated and coordinated voice for infrastructure.
Founded in 2008 and known for its collaboration with Twin Cities Public Television to create documentaries to tell the story of the importance of asset management, MN 2050 is reconstituting its efforts after a pause during COVID.
MN2050 works to generate and streamline messaging not just for the public but also for legislators. If, say, a State Senator has a question about a public asset, MN2050 wants to have the answer.
Equity is a priority for MN2050. Imagine a small community with only a couple of dozen households connected to a municipal water service that is aging and needs significant investment. The message MN2050 drives at is that we cannot let that small community stand alone to figure out how to replace that water service that costs millions with only a couple dozen rate payers – we need to understand that solutions lie at the state level.
MGEC is proud to be participating in both of these conversations to advance the interests of our membership. Our members are important partners in these conversations.