Shark-MADO is Running Loose

June 13, 2018 at 9:43 am Leave a comment


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I don’t care where you live in Minnesota, you live under some form of regional government. A handful of places are governed by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s), like the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities seven county metro area. Most of the rest of the state falls under one of ten Regional Development Organizations (RDO’s). Each of these RDO’s are charged with increasing economic development in their area, but that takes on a whole slew of causes with it, including housing availability, transit, broadband, water quality, the arts, bike trails, and walkability. How do all of these RDO’s maintain the same goals and strategies across the state? All ten of these organizations are contained under the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations (MADO). MADO is like a master group over these ten RDO’s that sets a framework of statewide goals through their Develop MN 2016 Plan. This plan has shaped comprehensive plans in cities all over the state. We argue that all areas of the state of Minnesota are not created equal, and should be allowed to decide what’s in their own best interest. Find out all about who they are and what they are asking of Greater Minnesota.

Also we discuss the plan for District 281 (Robbinsdale Schools) to implement another referendum on top of the two, ten year levy items that were passed four years ago to support their new money making scheme, I mean their new Unified District Vision. This is some of the worst financial management we’ve seen in a long time, and we discuss it in the local lowdown.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

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