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Gov. Dayton addresses Wednesday’s state economic competitiveness summit

Hundreds are attending the day-long conference on using innovation, globalization and talent as key drivers to economic growth.

Gov. Mark Dayton gave the opening remarks Wednesday morning for a day-long state economic competitiveness summit in St. Paul.

Officials said 550 people were attending to discuss ways to use innovation, globalization and talent to drive to economic growth in Minnesota.

The opening session included a panel of:

  • Tina Smith, Dayton’s chief of staff
  • Mary Brainerd, president and CEO of HealthPartners
  • Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Kathy Gaalswyk, president of the Initiative Foundation
  • Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Construction
  • Katie Clark Sieben, DEED commissioner, as moderator

Conference attendees include: community economic developers, workforce development practitioners, planners, civic and government leaders, educators, researchers and nonprofit and foundation representatives.

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The conference is being held at the St. Paul RiverCentre.