Envision Minnesota debate and convention postponed


The Gubernatorial Debate and Citizens’ Convention scheduled for Saturday, September 16 at St. Cloud State University has been postponed. “We have been unable to finalize participation agreements with all three of the major candidates, so we must reschedule the event”, reports Jeff Heegaard, Envision Minnesota spokesperson. “We are currently reviewing options and will reschedule during the fall campaign if candidate participation is secured. Updates will be posted on the Envision Minnesota website www.envisionminnesota.org.”

“This is an unfortunate development. Politicians and campaigns don’t always lend themselves to the in-depth discussion of our state’s future that we would like” said Jeff Heegaard, “but Envision Minnesota will work throughout the fall to make sure state and local candidates address the issues of conservation, economic growth, energy security and clean air and water that are critical to our future.”

People who have pre-registered for the event will be contacted and their registration fees refunded. They will be notified when the event is rescheduled.

Envision Minnesota is to create a partnership of dozens of non-profit, business, and community organizations. The goal of Envision Minnesota is to elevate issues of rapid growth, energy, and conservation in the political and policy dialogue in the state and to create momentum for action.

The leadership of Envision Minnesota has produced an “Envision Statement”, a document that outlines Minnesota’s vision for the future and includes recommendations for action in
five issue areas:
? Taking Responsibility By Valuing True Environmental Costs and Benefits
? Leaving a Clean Water Legacy
? Creating New Energy Sources and Saving Energy
? Planning for Rapid Growth and Continued Prosperity
? Protecting Our Natural Heritage and Abundant Wildlife.
The partners of Envision Minnesota are working to ensure that the above issues remain a top priority for Minnesota policy-makers and citizens.

ENVISION MINNESOTA Leadership Circle: Wendell R. Anderson, attorney, former Governor and US Senator; Rev. Bob Battle, Pastor, Berean Church in St. Paul; Mary Brainerd, CEO, Health Partners; Mike Ciresi, attorney, RKMC Executive Committee Chair, US Senate candidate 2000; David Foster, United Steelworkers Vice President, “Blue-Green” Alliance; Duane Kell, architect, President, AKA; Tim Penny, consultant, HHH Institute Policy Forum Co Director, former State Senator, US Congressman, independent candidate for governor 2002; Tad Piper, Piper Jaffray & Company; David Saggau, CEO, Great River Energy; Vin Weber, Managing Partner. Clark & Weinstock, former US Congressman.