Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called upon "every ounce of genius we've got" to meet the city's challenges in the annual State of the City address on Thursday.
"All of that genius is right here, ready to build our economic future, and our city's future. The question before us is: how much of that genius are we going to leave on the table?" she asked.
Eyes on youth
Hodges concentrated on Minneapolis youth with a special focus on young kids and "18- to 24-year-old young men of color, some of the most vulnerable people in Minneapolis" in effort to keep them out of trouble with the law and connect them to job opportunities.
"Today, I am calling all of us to act on behalf of our children. For us to succeed as a community, each of us has to know and act on the truth that we are all responsible for our children and their futures — all of our children, each and every one," she said.
Narrowing the income gap: The Minneapolis Working Families Agenda is designed to address 3 key issues: fair scheduling, wage theft, and earned sick and safe leave to narrow the gap between low- and middle-class income workers and the highest-paid workers.
Graduation coaches: Hodges asked adults to consider being a graduation coach to mentor a Minneapolis public high school student through Achieve Minneapolis.
Lowering waste: The plan is to move Minneapolis toward "zero-waste." Hodges and several council members are at the helm.
Climate change: Each month, Hodges will make suggestions and provide resources to combat climate change. They will be shared around a theme, and she will share her own experiences on social media.
Simplifying business: Last year's address called for streamlining the process for business owners to invest in Minneapolis and asked City Attorney Susan Segal to help. Segal has her own initial recommendations after meeting with several business owners.
Transgender courage: Hodges noted the city's Transgender Issues Work Group and asked the city to "learn from the courage that our transgender friends display every day."
State of the City address - [FULL TEXT]
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