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The Civic Caucus is a Minnesota based non-partisan public policy learning organization

~ offering innovative opportunities to involve citizens in public affairs without making extraordinary demands on their time

~ hosting a unique library of interviews with past and present political figures

~ encouraging participation (feedback) by citizens across political ideology

~ using electronic communication to educate and involve participants from their homes

~ shining a light on others' proposals, rather than promoting our own.


Send a request to the above address to receive
summaries of future interviews with thought leaders,
and to have your opportunity to respond as well.


The interview summaries
and issues pages

are intended to spark a thoughtful dialog,
moving towards education and understanding,
rather than partisan debate.

The position reports
are recommendations offered by
the Civic Caucus Core group,
after considering significant feedback
from all citizen responses.



Our current focus: Minnesota's economic competitiveness

  -- Highlighting functions that are foundational to the state's economy, such as preK-12 education,
     post-secondary education, human services, and infrastructure.

  -- Learning about special initiatives to support economic development.

  -- Reviewing the balance between investments made and value received.

 Recent interview summaries:

 A focus on competitiveness interview
Agriculture will continue to be an important contributor to Minnesota's competitiveness
David Frederickson, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner - March 14, 2014

 A focus on competitiveness interview
State bonding decisions have major implications for Minnesota’s competitiveness
State Representative Alice Hausman - March 7, 2014

 A focus on competitiveness interview
Minnesota's incentives not competitive with those of other states
Real estate developers Brandon Champeau, David Menke and Mark Nordland - February 28, 2014

 A focus on competitiveness interview
MnSCU working to prepare a highly skilled, competitive workforce
MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone - February 14, 2014

 A focus on competitiveness interview
Business startups contribute to Minnesota's economy

Patrick Boulay, President of New Business Minnesota Publishing - February 7, 2014

 A focus on competitiveness interview
Shakopee competes to attract well-paying jobs with carefully structured incentives -

Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke - January 31, 2014


                      Making a tax-deductible contribution to the work of the Civic Caucus

     Your tax-deductible donation in support of these educational efforts can be made in two ways:

  1. By credit card
- Go to, a secure site maintained by several Minnesota foundations.       Enter "Civic Caucus" in the box provided and follow instructions to fill in your gift amount and credit
      card information.

  2. By check
- Make your check payable to "Civic Caucus" and send your contribution to
      Janis M. Clay, Treasurer, Civic Caucus,

      2104 Girard Ave. S.,
      Minneapolis, MN 55405-2546. 







The Civic Caucus   is a non-partisan, tax-exempt educational organization.   The Interview Group  includes persons of varying political persuasions,
reflecting years of leadership in politics and business. Click here  to see a short personal background of each.

  John S. Adams, David Broden, Audrey Clay, Janis Clay, Pat Davies, Bill Frenzel, Paul Gilje (coordinator), Randy Johnson, Sallie Kemper, Ted Kolderie,
Dan Loritz (chair), Tim McDonald, Bruce Mooty, John Mooty, Jim Olson, Paul Ostrow, Wayne Popham, Dana Schroeder, Clarence Shallbetter, and Fred Zimmerman



The Civic Caucus, 01-01-2008
2104 Girard Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405.
Dan Loritz, chair, 612-791-1919   ~   Paul A. Gilje, coordinator, 952-890-5220.

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