City of Minneapolis Ward 6 News Letter-July 19, 2013

Minneapolis Ward 6 Council Member Robert Lilligren

 July 19, 2013

Council Member Participates in National Immigration Roundtable 

On Monday, July 15th I was invited to participate in an afternoon program focusing on immigrants, the workforce and local policy sponsored by the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA).Since 2007, the AS/COA, has become one of the leading forums for businesses, policymakers and others to come together for positive dialogue on the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy and to society in general.

The day’s program included lunch where Mayor RT Rybak and St. Paul Deputy Mayor Paul Williams spoke of the importance of immigration to the Twin Cities. The keynote speaker Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce who is Chairman of the organization Republicans for Immigration Reform, spoke to us about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform and gave us an idea of what he believes will likely pass this year in Washington, DC.

After lunch I was invited to participate in a private, high-level, roundtable meeting of local and national stakeholders to look at steps that both the public and private sectors can take to facilitate immigrant workforce development and entrepreneurship as well as how to maximize immigrants’ civic contributions and the role of public policy in creating a welcoming community. I was asked to speak to kick off discussion responding to the question Moving Immigration Policy Forward: Why Do Cities Matter?" I spoke about how I was approached by AS/COA last year to engage in a national dialogue due to my interest and leadership on immigrant issues at the local, state and national level. Representing a Ward where some 40 percent of the residents are immigrants, the impacts of federal and state policy becomes a local matter. Also, to the City of Minneapolis immigration is necessary for the growth of our city and economy. It is important that we are a welcoming community to immigrants as we compete with other US, and global, cities for new residents.

A highlight for me was hearing from Fatima Shama, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and hearing from her the impressive efforts of that city to welcome immigrants. Also, enlightening was the data Commissioner Shama presented demonstrating the many benefits of immigration to New York.

This event follows AS/COA dialogues in other immigrant gateway cities. It is especially timely given national immigration discussions. It was being organized in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, The Minneapolis Foundation, the Chicano Latino Affairs Council, Business Forward, and other local partners. It is part of our nationwide immigration initiative supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Warm regards, 

Robert Lilligren

Mondays with Robert

Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.

You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Gerardo at 673-2206 or to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.

First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance, 10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am

Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West, 2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am

Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square, 1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am

Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village, 2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am

The Minnapolis Farmers Market

Are you looking for local nutritious and affordable produce? Welcome to the Minneapolis Farmers market, where local produce is available direct from farmers. Some favorites include tomatoes, cucumbers, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rhubarb, strawberries, as well as cheese, honey, and wild rice, available year round at shops like AMES Farm Honey, Eichten’s Cheese and Bacon, Tollefson Family Pork and Bar Five Meat and Poultry.

Summer is also in bloom at the Farmer’s Market in a riot of color, with miles of pansies, impatiens, zinnias, peonies and even fresh herbs.

Lastly, the Farmers Market provides the opportunity to connect with the local families who planted and harvested the food. Purchasing food from local farmers supports the local economy and helps farmers to retain their livelihood. Most farmers markets are accessible by foot or bicycle, or mass transit, providing another way to reduce climate change.

With so many fresh food items at the market, sometimes it can be overwhelming to think about all the different meals that you can create with items from the farmers market. For some quick and easy recipes, visit this page that provides with you some great recipes.

For a directory of Minnesota farms, markets and garden centers visit the Minnesota Grown Food and Farm directory.

**Open EVERYDAY 6am- 1p.m. North Lyndale Ave and on Nicollett Mall EVERY THURSDAY 6a.m.-6 p.m.**

From the Office of City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren
350 South 5th Street, City Hall, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415 · Ward 6 website · (612) 673-2206

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