Dayton Schedules Statewide Job Summit For Oct. 25

Gov. Mark Dayton brings information he has picked up in regional job meetings to a statewide job summit on Oct. 25.

“As the governor’s statewide economic development tour winds down in the coming weeks, the ideas and participants from those events will be used to finalize the breakout sessions for this event,” Dayton advisor Kathy Tunheim said in a message today. “I can tell you that ideas on how to increase access to capital, elevate Minnesota in the global economy and strengthen our workforce will be front and center in these conversations.”

Details of the summit were not announced, although Dayton has said it will be in the Twin Cities.

Dayton, just back from a South Korean trade mission, next takes his jobs tour to University of Minnesota, Duluth, on Friday. He and Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon will be in Kirby Ballroom at 1 p.m.

In last year’s campaign, Dayton and most other candidates concentrated on job-creation plans. However, discussion about jobs slowed during this year’s legislative session as policymakers faced major financial questions.

Dayton said after the session ended that he would return his focus to jobs, and did that by the statewide tour.

Tunheim said that the tour proved “the people of Minnesota are passionate about getting the economy moving. …”

The keynote address will be delivered by Michael Mandelbaum, co-author of the new book “That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.”

New University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler also will speak to the conference, along with Dayton.