Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Reach out to your legislators over Easter/Passover Break

The Legislature will be on its Easter/Passover break March 30-April 6. As many legislators use this time to meet with constituents in their home districts, this is an excellent opportunity for you reach out to your legislators and discuss issues that are critical to economic development in Greater Minnesota including workforce housing, job training, broadband, the BDPI program, environmental regulations, etc. In addition, GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman will be traveling to Austin, Albert Lea and Winona this week to meet with legislators, local officials, GMNP members and the media to discuss the GMNP’s priorities.

If you would like more information about any of the issues the GMNP is working on, please contact Dorman at dan@gmnp.org.

GMNP workforce housing plan gains steam

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Austin City Administrator Craig Clark and bill author Sen. Dan Sparks listen as Worthington Community & Economic Development Director Brad Chapulis talks about the need for workforce housing in many Greater Minnesota communities.

The GMNP’s workforce housing proposal is steadily making its way through the committee process and continues to be improved along the way. For example, rather than include two different tax credits, the bill has been amended to just one credit. Improvements like these are helping to make the bill stronger and better.

The Senate version of the bill, SF 764 (authored by Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin), received a hearing Monday in the State and Local Government Committee. GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman was joined by Austin City Administrator Craig Clark and Worthington Director of Community/Economic Development Brad Chapulis in testifying in support of the bill and on the need for workforce housing in Greater Minnesota. The bill was met with a positive reception by the committee, who passed it on a voice vote.

SF 764′s next hearing is today in the Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Committee.