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Public Policy This Week – Ranked Choice Voting with Erin Zamoff of Fair Vote Minnesota, and Tim Penny of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

This week, hosts Bruce Morlan and Joe Moravchik talk with Erin Zamoff, the Director of Communications and. Public Affairs for Fair Vote Minnesota, and former US Congressman Tim Penny, President of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, about ranked choice voting, which some believe could a fairer, more comprehensive voting system for both Minnesota and the United States.
MINNESOTA STATE
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Tim Penny: Gratitude for local entrepreneurs

In this season of giving and gratitude, I am inspired by how generously the people in our region showed up on Give to the Max day, which was November 17th this year. In just five days, over $85k was raised by Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) 30 community foundations. As a donor myself, I am so moved by the generosity of our area residents.
MINNESOTA STATE
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Tim Penny: Early literacy promotes lifelong success

As summer days turn into evenings, many parents pull out a book or two to read to their kids at bedtime. This is important because studies consistently show that reading at a young age drastically improves a child’s educational trajectory. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) we know it is important to invest in early literacy efforts as a long-term strategy to support lifelong success.
MINNESOTA STATE
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Tim Penny: Events made connections for lasting partnerships

Throughout the month of June I had the pleasure of visiting with folks from across Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) 20-county region during our Sprout events. These events, which were held in New Ulm, Dundas and Winona, were an opportunity to directly share SMIF’s resources and stories so that...
WINONA, MN
Austin Daily Herald

Tim Penny: Making connections for lasting partnerships

Throughout the month of June I had the pleasure of visiting with folks from across Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) 20-county region during our Sprout events. These events, which were held in New Ulm, Dundas and Winona, were an opportunity to directly share SMIF’s resources and stories so that more people can take advantage of the funding and support services that we offer to help communities in the region thrive.
WINONA, MN
Austin Daily Herald

Tim Penny: Keeping your farmland in production after retirement and beyond

As any farming family can attest, every farm has its own special history. The small farm that I was raised on outside of Kiester is no exception. Our lives were rooted in the connection between land and community. Because of these important ties to the land, it concerns me that the average farmer is close to retirement age, and that not everyone has an heir to transfer the land to when the time comes. Fortunately, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) has a program that can help farmers safeguard the legacy of their land while simultaneously giving back to their communities.
KIESTER, MN
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Tim Penny: Multitude of candidates begs for ranked choice voting

If there were ever an election poster child for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), the special election to replace First Congressional District Representative Jim Hagedorn is it. With 10 Republicans competing against each other on the primary ballot — and similarly eight Democrats — the candidates who win the primary are likely to do so with a mere fraction of voter support.
MINNESOTA STATE
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Tim Penny: Initiative Foundation supports business growth here

At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), one of the three program areas we focus on is Economic Development. Since our founding in 1986, we have worked to catalyze entrepreneurial activity in our 20-county region by providing early-stage investments, traditional loans, microloans, technical assistance and mentoring of entrepreneurs. Each year SMIF invests around $2.1 million in economic development initiatives.
MINNESOTA STATE
Austin Daily Herald

Tim Penny: Creating more equitable local economies

On the heels of celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week, I am taking some time to reflect on what it means to be welcoming to entrepreneurs in our local economies. Entrepreneurship comes in many forms – from tech companies to home-based businesses. The spark of entrepreneurship also comes from many different people. However, not everyone has equal access to resources – whether due to an historic inequity, a language barrier, a disability or other reasons. That is why, at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) we are proud to support minority entrepreneurs through our Prosperity Initiative program.
AUSTIN, MN
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Tim Penny: Reflecting on the past year — Gratitude

With the new year just days away, I have been taking some time to reflect on this past year. It was a year that, although challenging for many, filled me with hope and inspiration for the future of southern Minnesota. It was also a year during which we celebrated an important milestone here at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF): 35 years of investing in our 20-county region.
MINNESOTA STATE
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Tim Penny: The most inspirational time of year

‘Tis the season of giving, which I find to be one of the most inspirational times of year. I am always overwhelmed by the generous contributions that donors make to Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) or to SMIF’s 30 Community Foundations. To me, this sends a clear message that keeping dollars local can help communities flourish.
MINNESOTA STATE
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Tim Penny: Building a foundation for the future

For me, autumn always signals a natural time to slow down and contemplate the past year as we bundle up and move indoors. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), we use this time each year to reflect on the partnerships that have resulted in a brighter future for southern Minnesota. We do this by celebrating a handful of these partnerships in our annual Impact Report.
MINNESOTA STATE
Austin Daily Herald

Tim Penny: Bringing small business options together

At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), one of the three program areas we focus on is Economic Development. Since our founding in 1986, we have worked to catalyze entrepreneurial activity in our 20-county region by providing early-stage investments, traditional loans, microloans, technical assistance and mentoring of entrepreneurs. Each year SMIF invests around $2.1 million in economic development initiatives.
ROCHESTER, MN