Local Government Innovation & Redesign

To support local government redesign efforts and recognize the innovative work already underway, the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center has partnered with state associations to create the Local Government Innovation & Redesign Guide and host a yearly Local Government Innovations Awards ceremony.

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Upcoming Events--Finance Social Impact, Celebrate Innovation

April's going to be a busy and exciting month for PNLC. Please mark your calendar for these events.

Tuesday, April 12th: Social Impact Financing Forum--
Can We Generate Economic Value by Creating Social Good?

12:30 - 2:00 pm in Humphrey Center (room TBA)
Refreshments will be served
RSVP to pnlc@umn.edu

Wednesday, April 13th: Annual Local Government Innovation (LGI) Awards Ceremony and Reception
Awards Ceremony 3:00 - 5:00 pm in Cowles Auditorium
Reception 5:00 - 6:00 pm in Humphrey Center Atrium
Refreshments will be served
RSVP to pnlc@umn.edu

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Tuesday, April 12th: Social Impact Financing Forum--
Can We Generate Economic Value by Creating Social Good?

12:30 - 2:00 pm in Humphrey Center (room TBA)
Refreshments will be served
RSVP to pnlc@umn.edu

Our current economic and political environment has created pressure for continued innovation and government redesign. Among current efforts are human capital performance bonds, also referred to as "pay for success." These efforts provide a financing system that attracts new investment capital while also holding providers (often nonprofit agencies) and government accountable for generating quantifiable economic value from social programming (Rothschild, MN Journal). Proponents claim these bonds catalyze positive cycles of government spending, improve social outcomes and accountabilities, and reduce costs. Opponents charge these efforts are unfeasible given the high amounts of capital needed, warn these bonds could replace current government funding, and operate under economic assumptions inapplicable to government and nonprofit organizations. Can we generate economic value by creating social good?

Join us in a moderated discussion with four distinguished panelists on the topic of Social Impact Financing. The session will provide a background of human capital performance bond and an overview of current efforts to advance the effort, both in MN and nationally. We'll then delve into the benefits and cautions of these potential efforts, highlighting the impact from both the state and nonprofit perspectives.

Panelists:

* Steve Rothschild, founder and president of Invest in Outcomes, and founder of Twin Cities RISE
* Susie Brown, public policy director at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
* Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at HHH, and former commissioner of finance
* Isaac Wengerd, Office of Economic Opportunity, DHS

Moderator:

* Jodi Sandfort, Humphrey School faculty and chair of the leadership and management area

This event is made possible by a generous grant from Susan and Bert Gross.
Our Students Spoke: We Listened! This event is a result of a series of student engagement forums held with Humphrey students last fall.


Wednesday, April 13th: Annual Local Government Innovation (LGI) Awards Ceremony and Reception
Awards Ceremony 3:00 - 5:00 pm in Cowles Auditorium
Reception 5:00 - 6:00 pm in Humphrey Center Atrium
Refreshments will be served
RSVP to pnlc@umn.edu

Hear about the outstanding achievements of this year's LGI winners for innovation in city and county government and school districts, then celebrate with the winners!

This event is co-sponsored by the Public Strategies Group; supporting sponsor is Ehlers. Event partners organizations are the PNLC, Association of Minnesota Counties, League of Minnesota Cities, and the Minnesota School Boards Association.

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