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Duluth News Tribune: Economic development forum in Duluth focuses on jobs

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 9:44 AM
Categories: Jobs, Economy

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.


Governor's Jobs Summit set for Oct. 25

Posted on October 06, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Categories: Jobs, Economy

It was announced this week that the Governor's statewide jobs summit has been scheduled for October 25th.

Governor Dayton will outline his priorities, strategies and initiatives for business development and job growth statewide and will focus on key areas of concern -- and opportunity -- that emerged during the regional economic summits he's convened throughout Minnesota.

For more more information on the Governor's Jobs Summit and how to register, click here.

Check out the invitation to the Governor's Jobs Summit below from Kathy Tunheim, Senior Advisor to the Governor for Job Creation:


Governor Dayton heading to Duluth and Thief River Falls for regional economic development summits

Posted on October 05, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Categories: Jobs, Economy

Governor Dayton will convene regional economic development summits in Duluth and Thief River Falls on Friday, October 7 and Monday, October 10, respectively.

The summit in Duluth will be held at the University of Minnesota - Duluth and the summit in Thief River Falls will be held at the Northland Community & Technical College.

The summits are aimed at gathering the best ideas on job creation from Minnesotans and to highlight Minnesota’s strong business climate and economic development opportunities. Governor Dayton will be joined by Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon for the summit in Duluth.

Governor Dayton is encouraging Minnesotans to weigh in with their best ideas on how to keep our economy strong. Minnesotans are encouraged to go to the Governor’s Idea Center at to share their ideas.

Governor Dayton has been holding regional summits throughout the state, including: Winona, Fergus Falls, Brainerd, Virginia, Faribault and International Falls. These summits will culminate in a statewide jobs summit later this month.

Check out some of the statewide news coverage below.


DEED launching loan programs for small businesses

Posted on October 04, 2011 at 5:40 PM
Categories: Jobs, Economy

Great news for Minnesota small businesses today.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced that it has been awarded $15.5 million in federal funding for programs that will support small-business lending in the state.

The funding, from President Obama’s Small Business Jobs Act, will provide loan guarantees to lenders making loans to Minnesota small businesses, make money available to lenders for direct loans of up to $150,000 and provide seed money for angel investment funds.

“This award is great news for Minnesota businesses, which are having difficulties accessing the capital necessary to expand and provide new jobs in our state,” said Gov. Mark Dayton.  “President Obama’s initiative will mean more jobs for Minnesota.”

"These funds will help break down barriers to loans for creditworthy small businesses looking to invest and hire in their local communities," said U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios. "This program will help ensure that more Main Street entrepreneurs have access to the credit they need to expand their businesses and create new jobs."


Governor Dayton declares October Safe Routes to School Month

Posted on October 03, 2011 at 11:14 AM
Categories: Health, Education

The Minnesota Department of Health announced today that Governor Dayton has declared October Safe Routes to School Month to highlight the benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Research shows that kids who walk or bicycle to school are healthier and arrive more focused and ready to learn.

Across Minnesota, Safe Routes to School is a growing movement that has more than 115 schools reaching more than 78,000 students and staff to support more active and healthier lifestyles.

Minnesota's Commissioners of Health, Education and Transportation spoke out on the issue:


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