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How the Twin Cities Hope to Get Ahead of Demographic Change

The mayor of Minneapolis talks about the challenges facing the Twin Cities and collaborative solutions for addressing them.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, both members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, have an unusually close working relationship that reflects their two cities' collaborative approach to regional policy issues.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, both members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, have an unusually close working relationship that reflects their two cities' collaborative approach to regional policy issues.Jean Pieri/Pioneer Press

What is the biggest challenge facing the Twin Cities in terms of economic growth and development?

The wide gaps we have in outcomes between white people and people of color. We have some of the biggest gaps in the country on pretty much any measure you care to name. And we know what the demographics look like—by 2040, the region will be majority minority. That will happen sooner in the city of Minneapolis. If we don't make sure that everybody is thriving, we are going to be hampering our growth potential, both in terms of workforce development and people's ability to participate in our economy.