Nine state commissoners are on a three-day road trip to meet with business owners in seven northern Minnesota communities. They’re pitching the Minnesota Business First Stop program, which is designed to cut down the red tape for startups and expansions.
The tour will hit Warroad, International Falls, Bemidji, Bena, Cohasset, Carlton and Duluth. They plan to meet with representatives of businesses, transportation networks, chambers of commerce, the Leech Lake and Fond du Lac reservations and local elected officials.
Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said:
The goal of Minnesota Business First Stop is to make it easier and simpler for businesses to interact with state government. In the past four years, Minnesota Business First Stop has assisted 50 businesses on projects ranging from multi-million dollar expansions to innovative clean energy, water quality and green chemistry projects.
Joining Sieben on the tour are:
- Cynthia Bauerly, Department of Revenue
- David Frederickson, Department of Agriculture
- Thomas Landwehr, Department of Natural Resources
- John Linc Stine, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- Ken Peterson, Department of Labor and Industry
- Mark Phillips, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board
- Mike Rothman, Department of Commerce
- Charlie Zelle, Department of Transportation