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Governor's Council on Economic Expansion

Active dates:2021-2022

The purpose of the Council is to reimagine Minnesota’s economic future and recommend policies and strategies for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that will support shared economic prosperity.

By November 15, 2021, the Council will recommend the following to the Governor and Lt. Governor:

  • Immediate actions that can be taken by the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Policy changes and investments for potential enactment during the 2022 legislative session, including recommendations on ways that Minnesota might leverage remaining American Rescue Plan dollars to advance equitable economic growth.

By June 30, 2022, submit a long-term roadmap for systemic change in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that will achieve a more equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient Minnesota economy.

Solicit, receive, and respond to feedback from workers, families, and communities that are representative of Minnesota and our Administration’s priorities for equity and inclusion.

The Council will work closely with the Commissioners of Employment and Economic Development, Human Services, and Labor and Industry. The Council will also benefit from the expertise of other state agencies.

The Council will consult with existing councils and entities, including:

  • The Governor’s One Minnesota Council on Inclusion and Equity (“One Minnesota Council”), established in Executive Order 19-01 to address disparities based on race, geography, and economic status and to renew our State’s commitment to ensuring everyone has an opportunity to thrive.
  • The Governor’s Community Council on Inclusion and Equity, established in Executive Order 21-13, and through which community members advise, support, and collaborate with the One Minnesota Council.
  • The Children’s Cabinet, which places children at the center of government.

The Council’s actions and recommendations will also be informed by consultation with tribal, state, and local governments, businesses, workers, higher education institutions, nonprofits, grassroots movements, and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the inequitable systems of the past and the pandemic.


The Executive Order establishing the Council is effective fifteen days after publication in the State Register and filing with the Secretary of State. It will remain in effect until July 1, 2022 or until rescinded by proper authority.


The Council will be comprised of the following members:

  • Jeff Ettinger, Former Chairman of the Board and CEO, Hormel Foods (Co-Chair)
  • Paul Williams, President and CEO, Project for Pride in Living (Co-Chair)
  • Scott Burns, CEO and Co-Founder, Structural
  • Brett Carter, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer and InnovationOfficer, Xcel Energy
  • Joe Fowler, President, Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Jodi Hubler, Vice Chair, Medical Alley Board of Directors
  • Brenda Hilbrich, Executive Vice President, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
  • Neel Kashkari, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Marcus Owens, Executive Director, African American Leadership Forum
  • Tuleah Palmer, President and CEO, Blandin Foundation
  • Joo Hee Pomplun, Executive Director, Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
  • Nonoko Sato, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Traci Tapani, Co-President, Wyoming Machine
  • Bharti Wahi, Executive Director, Children’s Defense Fund - Minnesota
  • Penny Wheeler, CEO, Allina Health

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2022, 2021.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Record last updated: 07/28/2022

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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