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our workforce is the most important driver of economic growth.

Without access to a workforce whose skills are aligned with business needs, or if access to training for new and existing workers is not available, businesses will not develop or expand in our communities. Minnesota needs K-12 schools that prepare students to successfully continue their education or join the workforce, and higher education and workforce training programs that are aligned with our economic needs.

The GMNP supports efforts that:

  • Enhance partnerships between education providers, local employers, and communities.
  • Improve and reimagine both employer-based and credentialed workforce training, and mitigate achievement gaps equitably in all corners of the state.
  • Encourage worker relocation to areas of need, or that reduce the barriers that workers face in relocating to a new community.

Strategic, targeted investments in project-focused opportunities are an effective way to spur economic and workforce development.

The GMNP supports the state maintaining and growing investments in programs that have a proven record in creating job growth, maintaining existing employment, or enhancing innovation and the adoption of new technologies. In addition to supporting continued state investments in these programs, the GMNP supports programmatic changes that more effectively and efficiently address the needs of Greater Minnesota communities, businesses, and employees.