Events in 2020 have created a heightened focus and awareness of socio-economic imbalances in the city of Minneapolis, the state of Minnesota and elsewhere. Our minority communities and economies have been the most severely impacted by these events. Join us for an update on the rebuilding efforts underway in Minneapolis and ways to engage minority communities to help move the economy forward.
Jonathan Weinhagen is CEO of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and is Co-Chair of Minneapolis Forward, the group that is guiding the city’s recovery from the unrest that followed the police killing of George Floyd. Minneapolis Forward is working to meet the immediate needs of the most affected neighborhoods and helping them retain local businesses. Mr. Weinhagen will share the status of rebuilding efforts and progress to date, next steps and what we, as individuals and finance leaders in our organizations, can do to support the efforts.
Dr. Bruce Corrie has been working with the ALANA (African American, Latino/a American, Asian American & Native American) Community Brain Trust to address the negative impact of the pandemic, civil unrest and economic decline on the $1.4 trillion ALANA economy. He will share efforts in bringing capital and building capacity of ALANA businesses and communities and the financial challenges and opportunities the ALANA economy offers from the underbanked to venture capital. He will also share a pioneering model leveraging the rich cultural assets in diverse neighborhoods as a strategy for economic development as reflected in Little Africa, Little Mekong and Rondo in Saint Paul.
- How recent events impacted the Minneapolis economy
- Challenges are affected businesses facing now and what does the future look like
- How can finance professionals and their businesses get involved and assist businesses now
Jonathan Weinhagen is the CEO of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and was appointed as one of the Co-Chairs of Minneapolis Forward by Minneapolis Mayor Frey. Jonathan completed a Policy Fellowship through the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs and earned his MBA and bachelor’s degrees from Bethel University. In addition, Mr. Weinhagen currently serves as Chair of the Mounds View School Board and serves in committee roles at Tubman, Center for Economic Inclusion and the Family Housing Fund.
Dr. Bruce Corrie is a leading Twin Cities-based economist, business expert, cultural entrepreneur, and longtime member of the Concordia University, St. Paul faculty. He serves currently on the board of Opportunity and Growth Institute of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Midway Chamber of Commerce, Union Park District Council, Junior Achievement and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Dr. Corrie’s work has garnered deep media coverage across local, ethnic, national, and international media. He has also published numerous academic articles and has written extensively for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Business Magazine.