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      Governor's Job Summit Kicks Off

      Posted on October 25, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      After a series of regional economic development summits held all over the state, the Governor’s statewide Job Summit kicked off this morning.

      Over 700 leaders from Minnesota’s business, nonprofit, government and academic sectors are all gathered at the St. Paul Crowne Plaza to share their ideas on positioning Minnesota’s economy for present and future success.

      In his opening remarks this morning, Governor Dayton discussed the numerous challenges faced by our state and country, and the importance of addressing those challenges at this critical moment in time.

      “We love our state. We care about its future for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. We share that sincere conviction that brought us here today.”

      “Today is a day for ideas, not ideologies. We all have different ideas. Let’s find what it is we agree upon, what our shared ideas are that will work best for Minnesota, for the benefit of all of us, for the benefit of the state.”

      As the day continues, a number of breakout sessions will be held this morning and afternoon, where panelists will discuss topics like energy efficiency, improved capital access, educating Minnesota’s future workforce and much more. This afternoon University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and Michael Mandelbaum, coauthor of “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back,” will speak. In Innovation Hall, which you’ve gotten an advanced look at on the blog throughout the week, innovative Minnesota businesses and organizations will be showing off everything from robots to medical devices.

      Today is an exciting day. For your own in-depth look at today’s daylong event and all the news coming out of the summit, be sure to stay tuned to the Governor’s blog throughout the day.