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Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon to represent Minnesota at international economic development forum

February 06, 2013
ST. PAUL, MN – Tomorrow, Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon will travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico to represent the State of Minnesota at an international economic development forum. At the forum, Lt. Governor Prettner Solon will lead a roundtable discussion on economic collaboration and regionalization. Using examples from the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and Minnesota’s medical device industry, the Lt. Governor’s presentation will describe Minnesota’s international prominence in research and development, educational collaboration, and effective public-private partnerships.

“From the Iron Range to the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota’s strong regional economies are driving innovation and job growth statewide, and offering important economic lessons that other states and nations can learn from,” said Prettner Solon. “Innovative partnerships like the Bio Business Alliance of Minnesota and the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics are making important discoveries to improve human health and create good paying jobs in our communities. I am proud to highlight Minnesota’s accomplishments and represent our state at this forum. More importantly, I am eager to bring new ideas back to Minnesota for additional regional economic development in our state.”

The forum, sponsored by the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association (NLGA) and the Association of Mexican State Economic Development Directors (AMSDE), will begin a new international exchange program between the United States and Mexico. The exchange is designed to share economic development ideas and best practices between Mexican and American states, including transportation, education and workforce development, exports, regionalization, and support for small- and mid-sized businesses.

Lieutenant governors from Arizona, Massachusetts, and New Mexico, and economic development secretaries from the Mexican states of Colima, Coahuila, Durango, Hidalgo, and Sinola will also attend the forum.

Mexico is one of Minnesota’s largest trade partners, ranking fourth overall for 2011, and one of the state’s fastest growing trade markets gaining 24 percent between 2010 and 2011. Final numbers are not yet available for 2012, but through November Minnesota’s exports to Mexico showed healthy growth making it Minnesota’s third largest export market, surpassing Japan.