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The Minnesota Business Vitality Council

Minnesota continually seeks to be a state at the cutting edge of economic development. Throughout our history, government and business have partnered to make our state a great place to start, build, and expand a business. Yet every year, the competition for economic growth grows more intense. With high mobility of talent, the clustering of industry ecosystems, and the enormous potential driven by new technologies, governments must work closely with industry to stay at the forefront of opportunity.

mbvc-groupThe Minnesota Business Vitality Council (MBVC) seeks to address the new economic opportunities in our global economy. Formed in 2020 by the Walz-Flanagan Administration, the MBVC is an interagency group in state government designed to tackle complex economic development issues, discover cross agency solutions, and capitalize on opportunities to grow Minnesota's economy.

Here's how the MBVC works:

The genesis of the MBVC was the Minnesota Business First Stop, a nine agency team, which helps companies navigate state government to expedite permitting solutions for growth. The MBVC continues this critical work while expanding on the model to create the proactive, business-friendly workgroups on key topics as described above.

Leadership and Participation

plant-tourThe MBVC is led by the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development. The department staffs and runs the Council using existing resources.

Participating agencies include:

  • The Department of Agriculture
  • The Department of Corrections
  • The Department of Education
  • The Department of Natural Resources
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs
  • The Office of Higher Education
  • The Department of Transportation
  • The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • The Department of Revenue
  • The Department of Commerce
  • The Department of Labor and Industry
  • Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation

For More Information

The Minnesota Business First Stop Highlights and Accomplishments can be found on our website, and you can download a fact sheet. Call 1-855-893-2099 or e-mail

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