Government Relations working for U

By Genevieve Plumadore

Representing the U of M: The University of Minnesota’s Government Relations team represents the entire University system before Congress, at the state Capitol, and in city halls. We build support for the University among elected and community leaders, advance the Board of Regents’ priorities, and provide strategic advice to University faculty, staff, and students.

News from the Capitol: The 2018 legislative session is in full swing. During this bonding year, the Government Relations team is solely focused on maximizing the effectiveness and life of the nearly 29 million square feet of infrastructure that make up our system campuses. Through our #renewUMN campaign, we are seeking bonding to update obsolete and outdated academic buildings to create innovative spaces that foster learning and enhance our ability to attract top talent to our state’s only R1 research institution.

Bolstering these goals, Gov. Mark Dayton included in his proposed budget $10 million for predesign of a new clinical research facility for the University’s Academic Health Center that would support clinical trials and team-based clinical and translational health science research. In 2015, the governor’s blue ribbon commission on the University of Minnesota Medical School identified this type of building as one of its priorities.  

UMN Advocates: Join UMN Advocates to make your voice heard at the Legislature: advocates.umn.edu. UMN Advocates engages students, alumni, faculty, and community members in building a stronger U of M. You will find what you need to stay informed about politics, higher education, and the legislative process — as well as easy steps to follow for telling your own U of M story to legislators so they can see alumni’s tremendous statewide influence.   

Published on April 24, 2018