Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

GMNP members drum up support for workforce housing tax credit proposal

Petersburg

GMNP members met with legislators on May 3 to discuss the GMNP’s workforce housing tax credit plan. Pictured from R to L: Abraham Algadi, Chad Adams, Dan Dorman, Rep. John Petersburg (R-Waseca) and Jennifer Libby.

On Tuesday, Greater Minnesota Partnership (GMNP) members Abraham Algadi, executive director of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation; Jennifer Libby, director of the Owatonna Chamber; and Albert Lea City Manager Chad Adams joined GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman for full day of lobbying House and Senate members to advance the CGMC/GMNP workforce housing tax credit proposal. The proposal passed in the Senate last year and was included in its tax bill, which is currently awaiting action by the conference committee.

The group started the day meeting with Senate Tax Chair Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook) and his staff and ended the day at the “I-90 Corridor Legislators” annual pork chop supper. In addition, the team met with most members of the Tax Conference Committee and other key legislators and staff. The workforce housing proposal was well received and legislators responded very well to the group message that we need to “defibrillate” market rate workforce housing and “jolt” the system in order to stimulate the economy in Greater Minnesota and help our cities prosper.

Dan Dorman: Senate’s plan helps bring better broadband to businesses, cities that need it

Below is a statement from Dan Dorman, the GMNP’s Executive Director, on the Minnesota Senate DFL’s plan to invest $85 million in the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program and make key updates that would allow more projects to qualify for grants. A PDF version of his statement is available here.

“Many people are focused on the dollar amount, but what is just as important – if not more so – is that the Senate’s plan makes key policy changes that will allow more areas to be eligible for grants. Under the current program, most of the funding is directed at areas with no service while cities with poor service do not qualify for funding. The Senate’s plan would update the state’s broadband speed goals, which would allow more projects in more communities to meet the eligibility requirements. This is a critical policy improvement that will help bring better broadband to the businesses and communities who need it for economic development and job growth.”

###