The Star Tribune reports that the Governor asked business leaders to help rebuild our state's infrastructure and improve our higher education system. Check out some excerpts below and read the full article here.
"I am trying to identify those who are willing to join in partnership," Dayton told about 700 business leaders at the Minnesota Business Partnership's annual dinner in downtown Minneapolis.
Dayton told the business leaders that the state is at a critical time in addressing higher education and infrastructure needs, including a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
He wants business leaders to get involved to help identify "pillars of excellence" in the higher education system that can be improved and built upon.
The Star Tribune reports:
The meeting came two days after the U.S. Senate blocked the bill in a Republican-led filibuster. The administration has vowed to press on with the legislation, either in whole or in parts.
Rejecting the jobs bill, Dayton said, is “the wrong thing for the people of Minnesota, and the wrong thing for the people of this country… We as governors know how vital this is for our states.”
Dayton appeared at the White House with two other Democratic governors, Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Christine Gregoire of Washington State.
Minnesota Public Radio highlighted the news earlier this week:
Mountain Iron, Minn. — A new solar energy plant on the Iron Range celebrated a grand opening Monday.
Seattle-based Silicon Energy began training workers to produce photovoltaic systems at a plant in Mountain Iron last month. Minnesota was chosen for Silicon Energy's second plant because of a state incentive program encouraging purchase of solar panels made in-state, said company president Gary Shaver.
Dear Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Pelosi:
As governors, we believe that of all the difficult decisions we have to make as a country, our top priority must remain job creation, always.
We therefore urge swift consideration of the American Jobs Act, which draws upon many ideas that governors - Democratic and Republican alike - are putting into action in the states.
It is an economic and historic truth that, to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments. As President Obama has stated, to create jobs, we must be willing to educate, innovate and rebuild. Our global competitors are investing in their infrastructure and in the skills and education of their workforce. To create jobs in our communities, we must be willing to do the same.
This morning, the Grand Forks Herald has a story on Governor Dayton's regional economic development summit in Thief River Falls. The article highlights the Governor's focus on job creation throughout the state.
“Jobs and economic growth are my goal for the next three years,” Gov. Dayton said during the summit. See the article below.
Grand Forks Herald: Jobs, population discussed during northwest Minnesota summit
THIEF RIVER FALLS — In the midst of a struggling statewide economy, the community of Thief River Falls has a problem other Minnesota cities might wish they had.
Thief River Falls and neighboring communities such as Roseau, located in the northwest corner of the state, have plenty of jobs but are in need of more people and more housing.
At a regional economic development summit held Monday at the theater on the campus of Northland Community and Technical College, 16 panelists, including Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, answered questions and addressed concerns about the lack of available housing and workers.
The Duluth News Tribune highlighted Governor Dayton's regional economic development summit at the University of Minnesota – Duluth on Friday.
Over 150 people attended the summit, which was aimed at gathering the best ideas on job creation from Minnesotans and to highlight Minnesota’s strong business climate and economic development opportunities. See below:
Duluth News Tribune: Economic development forum in Duluth focuses on jobs
More than 150 people participated in an economic development forum at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Friday. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sat with 14 other people on a panel in Kirby Ballroom that included state legislators, economic developers and people running area businesses.
The obvious topic was about how to create more jobs in what Dayton called a “different economic era.” He praised efforts in Duluth to revitalize its downtown as a sign that people working together “against the grain” can overcome economic obstacles.