A “Win-Win” That Bridges Disparity Gaps To Boost Regional Economy  on Both Sides of the River.

Minnesota- February 11, 2015 — Everybody In, a regional collaboration to eliminate racial employment disparities in the seven-county metro area, appointed Sam Grant as Executive Director. Grant brings valuable leadership skills to the table with a long history of facilitating economic, cultural and environmental justice. In addition to being on the faculty at Metropolitan State University since 1990, he has led numerous initiatives yielding impressive results in the pursuit of human rights and racial equity. The announcement of Grant’s position comes at a crucial time given Minnesota’s lack of progress achieving racial employment equity. “Doing everything we can to make sure everyone has the opportunity of participating in our economy is key to our regional growth,” said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. “It is very encouraging to know that so many partners across the state are actively attending to the elimination of racial employment disparities.”

As of 2012, when a Blue Ribbon Commission report was issued, Minnesota had the highest racial employment disparity in the nation. Conversely, the state’s GDP would have been $16 billion higher if there had been no racial gaps in income. To help close this gap, Everybody In adopted the collective 2

impact model. This ground-breaking approach translates to an overarching mission for Everybody In to be the “super connector to change” in the elimination of racial employment disparities. Everybody In will expedite synergy throughout the seven-county metro area by connecting organizations and opportunities in areas closely related to: (1) Policy, Outreach and Collaboration; (2) Education and Work Preparedness; and (3) Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Businesses. Saint Paul Mayor, Chris Coleman, weighs in with heart-felt encouragement, “Connecting all our resources in Minnesota to close the employment equity gap will exponentially move us forward with this important initiative. I encourage us all to work hard at minimizing barriers to success.” About Everybody In Everybody In is a regional collaboration to eliminate racial employment disparities in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis seven-county region, born from a Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) report issued in 2012. The report indicated that the Saint Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area had the highest racial employment disparity in the nation. As a result, BRC charged Everybody In to support and align regional economic development; to implement strategies to reduce racial employment disparities; and to propose actionable steps toward that goal that can be implemented within five years. Everybody In was developed through the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board, City of Saint Paul and City of Minneapolis.

EverybodyIn Press Release (PDF)

For more information, contact Sam Grant or Rosemary Ugboajah.