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Senate committee hears workforce housing, job training bills

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Sen. Dan Sparks (DFL-Austin), KLN Recruiter Fred Sailer and Red Wing City Councilor Lisa Bayley share a laugh while testifying at a Senate hearing on the GMNP’s workforce housing legislation.

The GMNP’s bills on workforce housing (SF 764, authored by Sen. Dan Sparks, DFL-Austin) and job training (SF 526, authored by Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm) received their first Senate hearings in the Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Monday. You can read more about the hearing and the bills in this article from Forum Communications News Service.

The committee reacted favorably to both bills and legislators from both sides of the aisle seemed interested in getting something done on these issues this session. The bills have now been referred to their next committees.

We’d like to thank the individuals who attended the hearing and provided excellent testimony in support of the bills: Red Wing City Councilor Lisa Bayley, who testified on both bills; Perham City Manager Kelcey Klemm and Fred Sailer, a recruiter for KLN in Perham, who testified on the workforce housing bill; and Owatonna Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Jennifer Libby, who testified on the job training bill.

Dan Dorman joins forces with AGCO’s Eric Fisher for workforce housing column

GMNP Executive Director Dan Dorman and Eric Fisher, director of operations for AGCO in Jackson, Minn., teamed up to write a guest column addressing the need for workforce housing in Greater Minnesota.

The column notes that businesses like AGCO have difficulty attracting and retaining employees due to the lack of middle-income housing in their communities. It also mentions that legislation has been introduced that would “encourage private investment to correct the market’s failure to attract investors and developers to Greater Minnesota.”

You can read the entire column on the International Falls Journal’s website here.  The column has also appeared in the Faribault Daily News and Albert Lea Tribune, and it is expected to run in additional papers as well.