Dayton seeking growth opportunities in growing sectors of Minnesota’s economy
ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton announced today that he will travel statewide to identify both opportunities for future economic growth and barriers to that growth in key sectors of Minnesota’s economy.
In the coming months, Governor Dayton will meet directly with business owners, workers, and local leaders. In factories, laboratories, farms, mills, and classrooms, the governor will work to identify new growth opportunities and seek input on what measures should be taken in the upcoming legislative session to enhance Minnesota’s economic competitiveness, stimulate private sector job growth, and open new doors of employment opportunity for Minnesota workers.
“As Minnesota’s economy continues to recover from one of the worst recessions in our nation’s history, we need to do more to ensure that our state is well positioned to compete in a global economy,” said Governor Dayton. “That means investing in our people, ensuring an enviable workforce, and fostering the natural resources that have been the foundation of our economy. In the coming months, I am going to be traveling across Minnesota to listen to industry leaders and workers across the state about the challenges they are facing and what we can do in the next legislative session to put more Minnesotans back to work.”
Continuing his administration’s strong commitment to job creation and economic prosperity, Governor Dayton said the tour will help guide his administration’s ongoing efforts to make Minnesota an even more competitive place to do business – particularly in emerging industries with high growth potential.
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The governor’s listening tour will begin with focus on eight high-potential sectors of Minnesota’s economy, including: Forestry, Bioscience, Mining, Agriculture Technology, Healthcare Technology, Information Technology, the Plastics and Composites industry, and Tourism. These industries currently employ more than 395,000 Minnesotans, generate $16.3 billion in annual wages, and contribute more than $40 billion in economic activity. Supporting competitive growth in these industries is vital to the immediate and future strength of Minnesota’s economy. Other key industries will be added, as the tour progresses.
Last week, Governor Dayton met with logging industry leaders and earlier this month he met with the Minnesota Forest Industries Board of Directors. Additional visits to Minnesota paper mills are also planned for the listening tour.
The first official stop on Governor Dayton’s jobs tour will be Friday, September 28 in Willmar. Additional information about upcoming events will be made available to the press and public over the course of the next three months.