The equity program has been popular at the Capitol. But it has also been the source of friction between some nonprofits and the state Department of Employment and Economic Opportunity, which administers the funding.
Grove, who once worked for YouTube and founded the Google News Lab, moved back to Minnesota from California last year before being picked to lead DEED.
The problem is especially stark in Minnesota. The state was ranked as the fifth least affordable in the U.S. for infant care, according to a 2017 report from the national Child Care Aware organization.
Farmers and other landowners in Chisago County have put up a dozen solar gardens, with another four now in the planning stages.
Hardy’s appointment comes at a time when the Governor and policymakers are increasingly emphasizing equity in conversations about the state’s economy.