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Commissioners on Wheels Set for Sept. 18-20
Minnesota Ag Connection - 09/12/2017

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 in 11 communities: Hastings, Red Wing, Winona, St. Charles, Lanesboro, Chatfield, Rochester, Austin, Claremont, Owatonna and Faribault.

Commissioners will visit a number of businesses and locations over the three days, including Red Wing Shoe Co. in Red Wing, Winona Canoe in Winona, Envirolastech in St. Charles, EZ Fabricating in Chatfield, Kerry Ingredients in Rochester, IBM in Rochester, Al-Corn Ethanol in Claremont, Hormel Institute in Austin and Faribault Woolen Mill Co. in Faribault.

Among the goals of the trip is to increase awareness of Minnesota Business First Stop, which Gov. Mark Dayton created in 2012 to help businesses cut through red tape when working with state agencies. Minnesota Business First Stop streamlines the process for financing, licensing, permitting, technical assistance and other resources that state agencies provide to businesses.

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. "Minnesota Business First Stop works to seamlessly connect businesses with complex projects to necessary state agencies," said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. "Whether businesses are looking to start, relocate or grow here in Minnesota, we want them to know that the state is ready to partner with them to provide excellent services as they achieve their business goals."

Commissioner Hardy will be joined on the trip by leaders from the following state agencies:

- Department of Agriculture

- Pollution Control Agency

- Department of Natural Resources

- Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation

- Department of Revenue

- Department of Labor and Industry

- Department of Commerce

- Department of Transportation

Many of the stops along the tour are open to the press. Interested media outlets should contact DEED Communications Director Shane Delaney at shane.m.delaney@state.mn.us to coordinate.

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.

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