Ramsey County is leading the development of an comprehensive economic development strategy, centered around equitable growth and strengthening economic competitiveness. The plan consists of in-depth analysis of the County’s economy, housing patterns, and other issues related to neighborhood vitality and community and resident wealth. This work will lead to an action plan that outlines economic and community objectives to pursue over the next decade. All of the plan’s recommendations will be shaped through a lens of equity, and will be informed by extensive community engagement.
The Impact of COVID-19 : COVID-19 has created massive community and economic disruption throughout Ramsey County. Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by the virus and economically: job losses, loss of housing and household wealth, food insecurity, etc.. These trends are informing the EC&I Plan so that the County’s response can maximize economic recovery for all Ramsey County residents and businesses.
Timeline: Throughout 2020, with a final plan and recommendations expected by early 2021.
Stakeholders: Ramsey County municipalities, organizations and community groups are providing data, municipal plans and policies. A steering committee and working groups made up of community representatives are providing overall leadership as the plan evolves.
We want and need to hear from residents and businesses throughout the County! We are organizing resident panels to ensure that input to the plan is truly broad based and grounded in resident perspectives.
How to Get Involved. There are resident and business surveys, a feedback page, and evening webinars June 22-25 to gather input. More info and webinar registration available here: http://bit.ly/eicstrategy
If you have any questions, please contact me at 612-790-1708 or Jordan.mcgregor[at]co.ramsey.mn[dot]us.