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Governor Dayton talks jobs at St Cloud economic summit

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Categories: Jobs, Economy

Yesterday, Governor Dayton heard the concerns of local St. Cloud business executives during a regional economic-development summit at St. Cloud Technical and Community College.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Governor Dayton spoke on the need to "expand businesses' access to capital, and to better align the state's job-training programs with professions that have a surplus of job openings."

The summit was aimed at gathering the best ideas on job creation from Minnesotans and to highlight Minnesota's strong business climate and economic development opportunities. The Governor is holding statewide jobs summit on October 25, 2011.

Check out part of the St. Cloud Times article below:

Energy costs, a lack of commercial air service and a shortage of qualified workers are hampering job growth in Central Minnesota, local business executives told Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday morning.

The comments came during a regional economic-development summit Dayton scheduled at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. It was one of a series of summits Dayton has conducted across the state this month to gather ideas on job creation from local leaders and entrepreneurs.


After the summit, Dayton told reporters his statewide tour has highlighted several economic issues he hopes to incorporate into his legislative agenda for 2012. That includes the need to expand businesses' access to capital, and to better align the state's job-training programs with professions that have a surplus of job openings.


Governor Dayton gives keynote address at Minnesota Business Partnership Annual Dinner

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Categories: Economy, Jobs

Last night, Governor Dayton gave the keynote address at the Minnesota Business Partnership Annual Dinner and called on Minnesota's business leaders to join him in addressing the issues facing the state.

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.


Breakout Sessions Announced for Governor's Job Summit

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM
Categories: Economy, Jobs

Yesterday, the Governor's Office announced the breakout sessions for the 2011 Governor's Job Summit.  The summit will feature two breakout sessions where attendees can choose from separate panels, each addressing a separate aspect of growing businesses and creating jobs.

Some of the topics include: Capital Access for Small Businesses, Energy Efficiency + Job creation, Reducing the Cost of Government for Business Growth, Infrastructure for the 21st Century, Workforce Solutions Designed to Meet Business Needs, and much more.

For the complete list of sessions and their moderators, click here.

The statewide summit is culmination of the Governor’s conversations with Minnesotans across the state about the best ways to grow and strengthen our economy.  These conversations will provide the agenda for the summit, with a focus on workforce alignment, access to capital for small businesses and increasing our state’s exports.

The Governor's Job Summit will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.


Governor Dayton Receives 2011 Public Official Award at MNA Convention

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Categories: Health

Today Governor Dayton received the 2011 Public Official Award at the 2011 Minnesota Nurses Association Convention.

Governor Dayton was chosen as this year's recipient for his leadership on asking the wealthiest Minnesotans to pay their fair share, Medicaid expansion, and protection of workers’ rights.

At this morning's convention, Governor Dayton said:

"I thank you and I thank those of you not here today, your colleagues — please tell them how respectful I am of the dedication and commitment and the importance of what it is that you do — to save lives, improve lives and preserve the quality of health care here in Minnesota. That's why I'm so proud to receive this award and stand with you."

"The hospitals, the nursing homes, the clinics — are not only essential to the quality of life and to people's health care, but they are also the major employers, the major economic engines throughout Minnesota and especially Greater Minnesota."


Governor Dayton Welcomes the King and Queen of Norway

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM

This weekend, Governor Dayton also welcomed Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway at a reception held in their honor at the Governor’s Residence. The King and Queen are currently on an official visit to the Midwest and New York.



Governor Dayton Holds First Annual Governor's Pheasant Opener

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 9:40 AM
Categories: Outdoors

This weekend, Governor Mark Dayton held the First Annual Governor's Pheasant Opener in Montevideo, Minnesota. Celebrating the pheasant opener is a long-standing tradition in many Minnesota communities, but this was the first time Minnesota's governor has hosted an official pheasant hunting opener event.

Governor Dayton greeted hunters and guests at Watson Hunting Camp before heading out at 9:00 a.m. to hunt on one of the Wildlife Management Areas in Lac qui Parle County. Minnesota Speaker Kurt Zellers, DNR wildlife manager Dave Trauba, and local hunter host Paul Johannes joined the Governor's hunting party.

The Star Tribune highlighted the event in Sunday's newspaper:

The first-ever Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Opener here Saturday proved that even political adversaries can find common ground in pursuit of wily ringnecks.

On a brilliant autumn day, Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and Rep. Kurt Zellers, Republican House Speaker, hunted pheasants together to kick off the season.

Check out some photos of the Pheasant Opener below.


Governor Dayton purchases hunting license ahead of First Annual Governor's Pheasant Opener

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 4:30 PM
Categories: Environment

Today, Governor Dayton purchased his small game license and pheasant stamp ahead of this weekend's First Annual Governor’s Pheasant Opener in Montevideo, Minnesota. He was joined by DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr and DPS Commissioner Ramona Dohman.


The West Central Tribune has an article today previewing this weekend's Governor's Pheasant Opener. The article notes that Governor Dayton "wants to thank the state’s military veterans, and has asked the sponsors to invite veterans recently returned from deployments in the Middle East." Check it out below:

MONTEVIDEO — Mayor Debra Lee Fader has lots of experience at welcoming hunters to Montevideo.

She and her husband, Brad, own the Sportsmen Inn, a 23-room motel that promotes itself as a “hunting and fishing headquarters.’’

This weekend will be a tad different, she admits, with Gov. Mark Dayton hosting the first-ever Governor’s Pheasant Opener in Montevideo.


Greetings from China: Lieutenant Governors’ Trade Mission Underway

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 2:45 PM
Categories: Commerce, Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon

Right off the heels of Governor Dayton’s trade mission to South Korea, this week Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon departed for another economic development mission, this one to China and hosted by the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association (NLGA).

Joined by five other lieutenant governors from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska, Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon is first attending the Canton Trade Fair in Ghangzhou. She will also have meetings in both Shanghai and Beijing with Chinese leaders in foreign affairs, aviation and education before the mission ends on Oct. 20.

On Oct. 14, the first day of the trip, the lieutenant governors were unexpectedly greeted by Wen Jiabao, the second-in-command to Chinese President Hu Jintao. Wen Jiabao joined Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon and the other lieutenant governors for some of their scheduled meetings of the day, getting the trade mission off to a productive start. 

For more details about Lieutenant Governor’s Trade Mission to China, check out the full news release.


Governor Dayton speaks on the American Jobs Act

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:12 AM
Categories: Jobs

Yesterday, Governor Dayton traveled to Washington, DC and spoke on the American Jobs Act after attending a White House meeting with Bill Daley, President Barack Obama's chief of staff.

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.

The Governor was in Washington, DC for a National Governors Association Executive Committee Meeting.


Governor Dayton named 'Advocate of the Year' by the U of M Alumni Association

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 5:21 PM
Categories: Education

The University of Minnesota announced today that Governor Dayton will be recognized as “Advocate of the Year” by its Alumni Association on October 20th.

The award is presented to individuals who dedicate their time and effort to promoting the University. Governor Dayton was selected for his efforts in preserving state funding for the school, as well as emphasizing the importance of the University of Minnesota and its role within the state.

“Governor Dayton has time and again demonstrated his passion for higher education, and he has gone above and beyond in advocating for the University of Minnesota this past year," said Phil Esten, president and chief executive officer of the Alumni Association.

Read the University of Minnesota's full release here.


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