State commissioners to tour southeastern Minnesota

Commissioners from nine state agencies will visit communities and businesses in southeastern Minnesota during a three-day bus tour Sept. 18-20.

The fifth annual Commissioners on Wheels tour will focus on issues and investments related to innovation, manufacturing, workforce, energy and food production. The trip will include stops at businesses and other locations in 11 communities: Hastings, Red Wing, Winona, St. Charles, Lanesboro, Chatfield, Rochester, Austin, Claremont, Owatonna and Faribault.

Among the goals of the trip is to increase awareness of Minnesota Business First Stop, which Gov. Mark Dayton created in 2012 with the goal of helping businesses cut through red tape when working with state agencies. The nine state agencies with representatives on the trip are partners in Minnesota Business First Stop, with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) serving as the lead agency.