Getting Minnesota back to work remains Governor Dayton’s highest priority. Last week DEED announced $47.5 million in competitive business development grants that will fund nine important economic development projects statewide. These targeted investments will put an estimated 2,000 Minnesotans to work building projects of regional and statewide significance.
The bonding bill signed by Governor Dayton last session has already saved and created 14,000 Minnesota jobs. If the legislature had adopted the governor’s jobs-focused bonding bill last session, another 7,000 Minnesotans would be on the job right now. In last week’s announcement, the governor told Minnesotans he plans to introduce another bonding proposal in January that will help get tens of thousands more Minnesotans back to work.
“This project rocks the boat,” Mayor Ness said, noting that the Duluth Corporate Tower will spur the city’s economic growth, retain hundreds of jobs and create more than 200 professional jobs as well as 300 construction jobs.... Without that grant, the project would not be moving forward, Ness said.
"We are extremely ecstatic," Mayor Wayne Wolden said. The award amount was short of $4.6 million asked for, but Wolden said private fundraising efforts had gone very well and a wellness center will be built.
Speaking for the Metropolitan Council, Regional Administrator Pat Born was very happy. "We are so grateful and appreciative the Governor could make room at this point for this money. It keeps this project (the Southwest Corridor light rail) in line to be eligible to receive a significant amount of money from the federal government, half the project cost, which is $625 million."
“The Regional Ballpark will be a great attraction for the city, region, and state,” said Tom Whaley, Saints’ Executive Vice-President. “There are exciting, high profile national tournaments which Minnesota’s been unable to attract due to the lack of a right-sized, modern facility, that now will come to our backyard and showcase everything Minnesota has to offer. We’re grateful for the tremendous support of Governor Dayton, the folks at DEED and members of the Minnesota Legislature, particularly the St. Paul delegation, for understanding what this project will mean to our great state. We will not let them down.”
Statement from Mayor Chris Coleman: "After years of dedication and advocacy, we are about to bring baseball into downtown Saint Paul. This is a huge day for the City of Saint Paul and our state. I want to thank Governor Dayton for his support and DEED for recognizing the value of this ballpark.... The ballpark will bring hundreds of thousands of people to downtown, will create hundreds of new, well-paying jobs, and its construction will represent our community and our values. This is a defining moment for our city."