|SCALE ~ 50 by 30 Initiative
Rarely a week goes by without some headline about the latest reports in housing, education, transportation, and workforce. Sometimes the headlines are positive—Minnesota is #1 on yet another list—but often they highlight a problem: a rental crisis, an achievement gap, increasing commute times, or lack of livable wage jobs. These big-picture issues have unique effects on every community. To understand how these topics affect the communities in Scott County, the Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE)
has sponsored an initiative called “50 by 30.”
“50 by 30” is working toward SCALE’s vision of employing 50% of Scott County’s labor force in livable wage jobs within the county by 2030. SCALE has been working towards this goal over the past decade: strategic investments in transportation to support economic development, an expanded focus on land use and transportation, and the creation of the First Stop Shop have all contributed to rapid and significant progress.
Now, due to the success of previous efforts and an influx of major job growth, the next step in advancing the “50 by 30” vision is to understand how the large systems of housing, education, transportation, and workforce intersect to create both new opportunities and new challenges. How does an influx of jobs affect housing and transportation? How does early learning relate to Scott County’s future workforce? To fully understand these issues, “50 by 30” strives to be inclusive. The goal is to have Scott County residents at the table with elected officials, superintendents, non-profit leaders, and employers.
Accordingly, the “50 by 30” team is seeking Scott County businesses and residents of all backgrounds who would be willing to share their experiences as a member of a working group. You could live in executive housing; you could commute north each morning; you could be facing housing barriers; or you could be seeking local opportunities for higher education: whatever your background or current situation, we want to hear from you.
If you are interested in investing your time to plan for the future of Scott County or if you’d simply like to learn more about this initiative, we invite you to contact Jake Grussing at 952-496-8641 or firstname.lastname@example.org