GMNP members drum up support for workforce housing tax credit proposal


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.