Growing businesses and jobs is essential to keep Greater Minnesota healthy in the future.   The CGMC dedicated an afternoon to the topic of economic development at our summer conference in Grand Rapids. 

Kathy Tunheim, Governor Dayton’s Senior Adviser for Job Creation, talked about the  “Get Minnesota Working” plan and emphasized the five key initiatives of the governor in her presentation.

Mark Lofthus, with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), provided an overview of business development in Minnesota.  He described current and future initiatives in his presentation, which can be found here.

Jeff Nelson, with DEED, spoke about how the angel investor tax credit works and how it could spur development.  His presentation can be found here.

Todd Leonard spoke about the Minnesota Angel Network, a newly formed group dedicated to accelerating business growth in the state. It aims to educate , connect and catalyze entrepreneurs.  It may be looking to partner with a few Minnesota cities.  Read his presentation here.

Rob West explained how APEX supports business development in Greater Minnesota.  Read about it here.

Commissioner Tony Sertich outlined the work of the Iron Range Resources Board in his presentation.