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      Getting Minnesota Working Again - An Ongoing Commitment

      Posted on October 11, 2011 at 8:29 AM

      Last week, details came out about Governor Dayton’s upcoming jobs summit on October 25th.  While this event will certainly be a great chance to gather input from an even broader spectrum of Minnesotans about how we get our economy working again, it will be just one of a series of steps our administration is taking to put Minnesotans back to work.
      Preceding the summit, Governor Dayton has visited nearly a dozen communities asking for input from all Minnesotans about how we can grow businesses and create jobs across the state.  Most recently, he was in Duluth soliciting ideas from business leaders and community officials.  Several business leaders cited government incentives that allowed them to expand or grow their companies, and the Governor reiterated his belief that government has a role to play in job creation.
      One of the things that government can do to ensure that private businesses can hire is to help small businesses access the capital they need to grow.  Last week the Department of Employment and Economic Development announced a new grant that would mean $15.5 million in new funding for small business lenders.  This public/private partnership will help thousands of small businesses in our state and create up to 3,000 jobs.

      As we work to get our economy back on track, it is worth noting that there are things that Minnesota is doing well already.  When you look at the data, it is clear that Minnesota is already a very good place to do business.  The Business Journals did a study of the best cities to start and grow small businesses and the Minneapolis/St. Paul region was named 12th best in the country.  Also, a closer look at Minnesota’s business tax climate reveals that our state is in the lowest third of the country for business tax rates, while providing strong public services for that investment.
      We hope that you can join us for the Governor’s Jobs Summit on October 25th at the Crown Plaza in St. Paul (more details are available here.)  The Dayton administration has already been hard at work studying the issues that are stifling job creation here in our state.  Governor Dayton has said that he will go anywhere and do anything to put Minnesotans back to work – and he has been true to his word.