State Commissioners Visit 11 Communities on One Minnesota Tour

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Eric Lightner


October 24, 2019

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State Commissioners Visit 11 Communities on One Minnesota Tour

Minnesota Business First Stop agencies tour South-Central Minnesota as part of annual state tour

St. Paul – Eight Minnesota State Commissioners participated in the sixth annual Minnesota Business First Stop tour across South-Central Minnesota October 23-24, 2019.

During the two-day bus tour, the group made 12 stops in 11 communities, including Le Sueur, Saint Peter, Waseca, Janesville, Eagle Lake, Mankato, Fairmont, Jackson, Windom, New Ulm and Glencoe. The Commissioners and staff toured businesses and manufacturing facilities and met with community leaders and entrepreneurs.

Minnesota Commissioners met with local business leaders

“There’s no substitute for seeing and hearing directly from people in Greater Minnesota about how government can coordinate and problem solve to serve our businesses and communities better,” said Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Steve Grove. “Over the last two days, we heard from businesses and community leaders on the issues that are most impacting their work, and saw firsthand the innovation that’s driving our state forward.”

Created in 2012, Minnesota Business First Stop works to streamline the development process for complex businesses expansions, relocations and major startups that involve multiple state agencies. Minnesota Business First Stop conducts the annual tour every fall across a different region of Minnesota.


State officials from 9 agencies toured facilities at 11 different stops


  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, lead agency
  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation
  • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more information about the agency and its services visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.


Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.