GMNP members invited to Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Fall Conference

Our sister organization, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, has extended an invitation to all GMNP members to attend the CGMC Fall Conference, which will be held Nov. 16-17 at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria.

The conference will touch on many issues that are important to economic development in Greater Minnesota, including child care, broadband, economic development and environmental regulations. You can view the conference agenda here.

Registration for the conference is now open. You can register online at Attendees can either pay now via credit card or be invoiced later.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Julie Liew at

Column: Greater Minnesota strives for economic growth

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.

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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.

High turnout for discussion on lack of childcare options in Greater Minnesota

The GMNP held a conference call this morning to discuss the growing concern about the lack of childcare options in Greater Minnesota. When we put out the notice about the meeting a few weeks ago, we expected just a handful of people to express an interest. Instead, more than 75 people participated in the call. The fact that dozens of people participated in a conference call just before the start of a holiday weekend makes it clear that there is a lot interest in trying to tackle these issues regarding childcare in Greater Minnesota!

As was mentioned on the call, several local, regional, state and national studies have been done on these issues. Below are links to the studies and articles that were discussed. As we get more studies and information, we will add them to our website.

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