ST. PAUL (June 4, 2013) — DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben is leading eight Minnesota state agency leaders on a tour of four Minnesota businesses today to promote the Minnesota Business First Stop and gain feedback on how to make doing business in the state easier.
The tour will provide the opportunity to talk with business owners about ways the state can better align resources and streamline permitting for complex development projects.
The Minnesota Business First Stop was established in 2012 to better connect businesses to the resources they need within state government. The cross-agency initiative, led by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, helps businesses looking to expand or locate in Minnesota navigate the state’s permitting and regulatory process.
In addition to DEED, the Minnesota Business First Stop initiative includes the Minnesota departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Transportation, Commerce, Pollution Control, Labor and Industry, and Revenue and the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. This collaboration focuses on common interests in job creation and retention, and works to improve existing processes and expedite permitting for complex business projects.
“Our goal is to make it easier and simpler for businesses to interact with state government,” said Commissioner Sieben. “The Minnesota Business First Stop ensures collaboration among state agencies and that our response to companies’ needs is coordinated, efficient and complete.”
The first Business First Stop bus tour will take the commissioners to four businesses:
• EarthClean, South St. Paul, manufactures TetraKO, a firefighting product that provides faster fire suppression and greater safety to firefighters;
• Rational Energies, Plymouth, takes unrecycled plastics and turns them into synthetic crude oil;
• Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm, Waverly, is a sustainable farming operation that produces high-quality plants and vegetables; and
- First District, Litchfield, is an independent dairy cooperative that produces several varieties of cheese and whey products.
DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at www.PositivelyMinnesota.com. Follow us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/PositivelyMN.