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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
Student Debt: What are the Possible Long Term Economic Consequences?
Laura Gilbert, Enterprise Human Resource division of the State of Minnesota - July 25, 2014 

A focus on competitiveness interview
Does income inequality retard economic growth, reduce competitiveness?
Applied economics professor Jay Coggins of the University of Minnesota - July 11, 2014

A focus on competitiveness interview
Are groups outside government better able to solve our toughest societal problems?
Bill Eggers and Steve Dahl of Deloitte Research - June 26, 2014

A focus on competitiveness interview
Can social progress enhance a society’s ability to compete economically?
Professor Scott Stern of MIT 's Sloan School of Management - June 20, 2014

A focus on competitiveness interview
Are Minnesota’s private colleges diamonds in our back yard?
Brian Rosenberg, president of Macalester College,
and Paul Cerkvenik, president, Minnesota Private College Council - June 13, 2014

A focus on competitiveness interview
Let for-profit schools fully participate to help produce a competitive workforce
Kathleen Misukanis & Tom Kosel of the Minnesota Career College Association - June 6, 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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