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      Governor Dayton receives high marks from North Minneapolis

      Posted on November 17, 2011 at 7:45 AM

      Governor Dayton is receiving high marks for his attention and follow-through six months after meeting with community leaders at the Twin Cities Economic Development Summit, which was convened in March to address the need to spur economic growth in North Minneapolis.

      According to MinnPost:

      The reason: He was clear and deliberate in spelling out what changes he could order and where he'd be relegated to the role of cheerleader.

      Regarding the former, he appointed specific staffers to keep tabs on his administration's commitments. And those staffers answer the phone.

      Regarding the latter, well, it's been a l

      ong time since such a highly placed cheerleader has kept the community's priorities on the front burner.

      'Pretty authentic in his approach'
      "The governor has been pretty authentic in his approach to this and has only pushed what he has the ability and the authority to get done," said Sen. Jeff Hayden, the former state representative from South Minneapolis who was recently elected to fill Linda Berglin's seat.

      "He has been more visible and more accessible," Hayden continued. "He has more people of color around him and as his commissioners."

      ….

      Dayton re-launched the Urban Initiative Board and appointed Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Mark Phillips to run it. The board oversees a $1.7 fund that makes loans to small businesses creating jobs in low-income areas of the Twin Cities.

      DEED awarded $200,000 to the Northside Economic Opportunity Network to provide start-up assistance to neighborhood businesses and entrepreneurs.

      The Department of Transportation, a major potential source of work for minority-owned business, is experimenting with "unbundling" contracts let for a project involving an interchange at Interstate 694, Snelling Avenue and US 10.

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