Below is a guest column written by GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman. It has been published in several newspapers in Greater Minnesota.
When I took on the role of executive director for the Greater Minnesota Partnership four years ago, it didn’t take long to notice a few patterns when it came to discussing the challenges facing economic development in Greater Minnesota.
Whether our meetings were in Albert Lea or Thief River Falls, business and community leaders pointed to similar obstacles to growth. They talked about the need for world-class broadband to help compete on a global scale, more options for job training so employers can obtain the skilled workers needed to fill open positions, and more workforce housing so employees and their families can live in the community where they work.
As the GMNP prepares for the fifth legislation session since the organization began, we are proud to have made strides in addressing many of those needs. By working together, our members — more than 90 businesses, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, educational institutions and other nonprofit organizations — have fought for legislation that makes a real difference in improving opportunities for economic growth.