DEED Commissioner Visits Range

Posted at: 04/01/2013 4:47 PM
Updated at: 04/01/2013 8:54 PM
By: Renee Passal

It's her job to make sure our state is a job-creator. And the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development saw some job creating businesses on Monday on the Range.

Katie Clark Sieben made several stops.

She first toured JoyGlobal's new facility in Virginia. Then it was on to TriTec of Minnesota.

Around lunchtime, it was a meeting with business leaders at the IRRRB offices.

And finally, in the afternoon, she stopped at PolyMet and Mesabi Nugget.

The goal of her visit, she said, was to learn about challenges and opportunities that businesses here are facing.

"I'm hearing that businesses are doing well, and that's really good to hear. The unemployment rate has gone done 2 points in the past three years in this region," she said.

Clark Sieben also said that the governor's proposed budget does include tens of millions of dollars to help economic development and to grow jobs.

That's good news for people like Mitch Robertson, president of TriTec. "It's good to hear that they are looking at helping existing businesses. We had help with our expansion and our painting facility. And it was an honor for her to visit us, and shows how important our area is to the Twin Cities," he said.