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Hon. George Meets with Hennepin County Commissioner Opat

Since 1993, Commissioner Michael Opat has been Commissioner of Hennepin County First District and has continued to provide prudent leadership throughout his tenure. On Friday, March 16th the Commissioner paid a courtesy visit at the Liberian Consulate in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia in Minnesota, Mr. Jackson K. George, Jr. welcomed Commissioner Opat and informed him of the functions of the Consulate. He said his focus is to ensure that Liberia benefits from trade opportunities from states in the Midwest especially Minnesota. The Consul General indicated to the Commissioner that “with more than five hundred Fortunate 500 companies in Minnesota, and with the relationship Liberians in Minnesota has built over the years, there is no reason Liberia cannot benefit from trade and investment”
For his part, Commissioner Opat thanked Hon. George for the warm welcome and expressed optimism that such a Consulate will do well serving the largest concentration of Liberians in the United States. Commissioner Opat pledged to link the Consulate with the proper authorities to ensure Liberia and Minnesota do business.
The Commissioner also met with the leadership of the Liberian Business Association in the Diaspora. The discussion centered on how the Business Association and the County can work together to ensure that the Blue Line coming through his district does not affect minority businesses. Hon. George who is also the president of the business association, informed Commissioner Opat that LIBA was working on creating a business accelerator to house many of its businesses. He said the association is being proactive as gentrification can affect small businesses. Hon. George informed the Commissioner that the Liberian Business Association is serious about acquiring a plot of land to build a commercial property for the business accelerator. Commissioner Opat again thanked the association leadership and offer his willingness to help the Business Association in its endeavors.
Commissioner Michael Opat district covers Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, New Hope, Osseo and Robbinsdale. Present at the meeting were, Mr. Frank Ngafua, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Mr. Michael Rennie member of the board of directors. Apso present were Rebecca Dennis, Executive Assistant and Marilyn Thompson Administrative Assistant.

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Hon. George Discusses Collaboration with the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM)

Hon. Jackson George extended an invitation to the executive leadership of the organization of Liberians in Minnesota to discuss ways in which the Liberian Community in Minnesota and his office can coordinate activities in the state. Prior to being appointed and commissioned, the organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM) had played a unique role in filling in the gaps and dealing with Liberian nationals’ issues in the state.
Speaking to the group, Hon. George thanked the executive leadership for agreeing to meet with him and for being opened to discuss ways in which both entities can collaborate. He said, the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM) as a community organization and an umbrella organization of all Liberian organizations in the state of Minnesota has a major role to play in shaping the minds of Liberians in the direction to help develop Liberia. He said that OLM is unique in that Minnesota has the largest concentration of Liberian nationals and Liberian-Americans in the United States.
Hon. George stressed the need for Minnesotan Liberians to do more to help develop their homeland, adding that Liberians in Minnesota have and continue to have economic impact on the Liberian economy. Our country is gradually developing, and we must join the new administration’s pro-poor efforts in creating jobs, proving our expertise and support Liberian-owned businesses.
The meeting which took place at the Liberian Consulate in Minnesota discussed amongst other things community relations and Independence Day Celebrations.
The Organization of Liberians in Minnesota is the umbrella organization of all Liberian organizations in the state of Minnesota. It is a social service, community-based, non-profit organization that caters to the social services needs of Liberians.

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Hon. George Hosts Brooklyn Park City Mayor

The Mayor of the City of Brooklyn Park, Mayor Jeffrey Lunde today paid a courtesy visit at the Liberian Consulate in Minnesota. The Consulate which is situated in the City of Brooklyn Park has the largest concentration of Liberians in the state of Minnesota. Hon. George, welcomed the mayor and briefed him on the functions of the Liberian Consulate. The discussion also centered around strengthening ties with Liberia especially the revival of the Kakata Sister Relationship. Mayor Lunde pledged his support indicating that whatever he can do to revive the sister cities relationship between Brooklyn Park and Margibi County.
The city has a strong relationship with the Liberian Community and has donated items including fire truck to Liberia. During the Ebola crisis, the city worked with the Liberian community to ensure that Liberians in the city were not stigmatized and the city also helped to collect supplies. A Conference Room at the City Hall in Brooklyn Park is named, “The Kakata Room”.

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