Dayton Announces Plan For New Businesses

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — For the second day in a row, Gov. Mark Dayton is talking about plans to grow jobs in Minnesota.

Tuesday he announced a $775 million bill for construction projects. On Wednesday, he focused on attracting new business.

Dayton’s plan, Minnesota Business First Stop, will help make it easier for businesses to grow in the state and cut out some of the red tape that business leaders often run into between state agencies.

They’re focusing on manufacturing, mining, agriculture, energy and green jobs. Dayton said this will be a coordinated effort among the various departments to provide resources to business.

He said it won’t require any additional money, just more communication between agencies.

However, making this work may be a challenge. Dayton acknowledged similar efforts haven’t worked in the past.

“It just hasn’t been put into practice,” he said. “There just hasn’t been coordination among the agencies, communication among the agencies or the commitment at the top level to see this through and make it happen.”

One of the ways the Governor said they plan to make it easier for business leaders is by creating a website with an 800 number, and an email address.

They didn’t give a timeline but said it would be done soon.

State leaders say they plan to chart the progress to see if this works.

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