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Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon heads to international economic development forum in New Mexico

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon will mingle with state officials from the U.S. and Mexico at an international economic development forum this week in Santa Fe, N.M.

She'll lead a panel on economic collaboration and regionalization and plans to cite the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and Minnesota’s medical device industry as good examples of educational collaboration and effective public-private partnerships.

The forum brings together officials from Arizona, Massachusetts, Minnesota  and New Mexico, and economic development secretaries from the Mexican states of Colima, Coahuila, Durango, Hidalgo, and Sinola.

It's sponsored by the National Lieutenant Governors Association and the Association of Mexican State Economic Development Directors.

State officials say Mexico was Minnesota's fourth-top trading partner in 2011 and the state's exports there grew by 24 percent between 2010 and 2011.

"From the Iron Range to the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota’s strong regional economies are driving innovation and job growth statewide, and offering important economic lessons that other states and nations can learn from," Prettner Solon in a statement about the conference.

"Innovative partnerships like the Bio Business Alliance of Minnesota and the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics are making important discoveries to improve human health and create good paying jobs in our communities. I am proud to highlight Minnesota’s accomplishments and represent our state at this forum. More importantly, I am eager to bring new ideas back to Minnesota for additional regional economic development in our state."

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