Dayton’s Oct. 25 state jobs summit to feature 15 topic sessions

Gov. Mark Dayton has been traveling around the state the past few weeks holding meetings on jobs and economic development, and that effort will continue with a statewide jobs summit Oct. 25 in St. Paul.

The day-long set of meetings will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Paul. Here are the topics of the eight morning sessions and the seven afternoon sessions:

Morning Sessions

  • Capital Access for Small Business, moderator: Tom Borman — Of Counsel, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand LLP; chair, Governor’s Task Force on Access to Capital
  • Energy Efficiency + Job Creation: Commissioner Mike Rothman — Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Aligning Post-Secondary Education and Workforce Training with the Jobs of the Future: Inez Wildwood — chair, Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Council
  • Reducing the Cost of Government for Business Growth: Tina Smith — chief of staff, Minnesota Governor’s Office
  • Technology and Innovation: a Minnesota Competitive Advantage: Margaret Anderson Kelliher — president and chief executive officer, Minnesota High Tech Association
  • Branding Minnesota for Success: John Edman — director, Explore Minnesota Tourism
  • Better Health Care at Lower Costs to Business and Employees: Commissioner Lucinda Jesson — Minnesota Department of Human Resources
  • A New Economic Dashboard for Minnesota: Kathy Tunheim — CEO of Tunheim Partners; senior adviser to the Governor for Job Creation

Afternoon Sessions

  • The Economics of Employment Inequality: Sandy Vargas — president and chief executive officer, The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Reforming Minnesota Taxes for Better Economic Growth: Commissioner Myron Frans — Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • Workforce Solutions Designed to Meet Business Need: President Kevin Kopischke — Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Exports: An Engine Fueling Business Growth: Katie Clark — executive director, Minnesota Trade Office
  • A New Economic Development Toolbox: Commissioner Mark Phillips – Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Creative Class: The Emerging World of Work: Kathy Tunheim — CEO of Tunheim Partners; senior adviser to the Governor for Job Creation
  • Infrastructure for the 21st Century: Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon

Cost to attend is $199; $99 those from small businesses with fewer than 25 employees. You can register online.

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