Moving Minnesota's Public Debate Forward


A weekly column by Executive Director, John Van Hecke

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Aging in Place is Reasonable, Necessary

A new national survey finds that the most independently minded, unapologetically insistent American generation expects to live in their homes as they age. Baby boomers are, once again, unyielding. That’s good news for every Minnesotan, good for our economy and good for healthcare’s future. Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Global Social Enterprise Initiative, in partnership with consumer and healthcare products giant Phillips NV, released a research report examining expectations about aging and lifestyle. In keeping with established trends, Americans aged 50-80 want more independent living options and strongly value…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Rural Minnesota’s Future Challenge, Potential

Minnesota will look different 30 years from now. We’ll be older and more racially and ethnically diverse but its where people live and work that really leaps out. Demographic analysis suggest that we’re creating two Minnesotas. One will be the growing and employing Minnesota. The other will be a shadow of the first. Data analysis from the Minnesota State Demographic Center, drawing on US Census information, projects that Minnesota’s 2015 population will be just shy of 5.5 million. The seven county Twin Cities metro area will account for 2.9 million,…