a scale of (0) most disagreement , to (5) neutral, to (10) most
agreement, please indicate how strongly you share a view that
successful economic development strategies must concentrate on
metropolitan areas, where the bulk of new jobs are located.
On a scale of (0) most disagreement , to (5) neutral, to (10) most
agreement, please indicate how strongly you share a view that a new
economic development entity is needed, involving the Minnesota
Regional Council of Mayors and major corporations in the metro area.
On a scale of (0) most disagreement, to (5) neutral, to (10) most
agreement, please indicate how strongly you share a view that a metro
area economic strategy for Minnesota should include the St.
Cloud-Rochester corridor, not only the seven counties under the
jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Council.
On a scale of (0) most disagreement, to (5) neutral, to (10) most
agreement, please indicate how strongly you share a view that the
state should phase out aid to city governments.
5. Comments? __________________________________________________
Arvonne Fraser (6) (5) (4) (1)
Terry Stone (1) (2) (5) (_)
Statewide tax policy needs to be business friendly. The decision of
where to locate must be left to the free markets. Minnesota State
Government must get out of the social planning business. It has no
role in deciding where a business wants to locate. Social planning
initiatives like Agenda 21, Smart Growth and Sustainable Development
favor high urban density that comes with locating the means of
production in metropolitan environments.
Question 2: Solid
tax structure and a pro-business regulatory climate build businesses.
Government must remove itself from central social planning with or
without the willing cooperation of municipalities, counties or
Minnesota’s two governments within a government.
Question 4: LGA
needs to be phased out. So long as municipal money is laundered
through the State, bureaucracy will engage the process of social
Bert Press (0) (10) (5) (0)
Glenn Dorfman (8) (0) (0) (10)
Question 1: If,
by metropolitan area, you mean regional centers around the State.
Question 2: We do
not need any more organizations. We need high quality education for
our kids in the liberal arts and sciences and a rational,
non-politicized immigration policy stressing our desire to attract and
welcome skilled people who want to fill the jobs that Minnesota
businesses create. Business needs to have the government umbilical
cord cut not reinforced. Quality jobs will create demand for competent
workers. Government should concentrate on providing a narrow range of
public services well rather than a broad range of mediocre services.
Question 3: and
St. Cloud, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and the Range.
Question 4: Only
if cities are not restricted from raising property taxes in any way
whatsoever. If local citizens want city services they should pay for
them directly and transparently.
Donald H. Anderson (8) (7) (10) (5)
Do we also need
more consolidation of cities as well as townships?
Quie (9) (10) (10) (10)
Tom Spitznagle (7) (8) (7) (8)
Wayne Jennings (7) (7) (7) (5)
Clarence Shallbetter (3) (0) (3) (6)
Alan Duff (5) (5) (3) (8)
Charles Lutz (9) (9) (8) (7)
Kent Eklund (3) (5) (8) (5)
Paul Hauge (6) (7) (8) (2)
Outstate communities deserve equal proportionate treatment with
economic benefits comparable to the metro area.
Bright Dornblaser (8) (8) (10) (5)
Carolyn Ring (10) (10) (10) (8)
Bill Kuisle (0) (0) (0) (7)
(1) Carol Becker (0) (10) (10) (5)
legitimate rural job development opportunities that shouldn't be
ignored. Having said that though, we have to be aware that much
manufacturing and even food processing has gone to other countries.
Business leaders have to step up. In some ways there are things that
only they can do to affect change.
Question 3: The
region is 19 counties when you actually look at commuting patterns. In
Stearns County, over half the people employed in the county work in
the seven counties. It is all one big region.
Question 4: It
seems inevitable so commenting on it doesn't seem to make much sense.
But it means our tax system is more inequitable. It also means the
center cities bear an unfair burden of providing job centers, housing
for the most troubled and entertainment for the region.
Dave Broden (0) (7.5) (7.5) (2.5)
If Minnesota adopts a metro centric economic
development plan it will be a major mistake. There are other cities
across Mn (Moorhead, Duluth, Rochester, Albert Lea, Pipestone, Winona,
St. Cloud, Willmar, Alex, Fergus, Marshall and more--all of which have
business opportunities. Only metro centric folks who really have no
understanding of the outstate resources would even propose such a
narrow minded concept. Also let us not forget that a key part of Mn
economy remains agri business both on the farms themselves and in the
ag processing business--most of this is not metro. We need a balanced
economic development plan that addresses all parts of Mn. Yes there
are components that will benefit more from a Metro focus but none work
without a statewide focus. The idea of a metro focus should be wisely
and strongly rejected. Sorry for being a total Mn person but we have
Question 2: I
certainly agree that a new entity is desired. The entity must however
have statewide focus as well as a strong metro component. A second
thought is to get off the idea that only major corporations have
ideas. I hope all of those who read this are fully aware of the role
of innovation and small business in job and business development and
growth. Who says we only want the big guys to shape our economic
future? Yes they must play but let's connect with the economy and
technologies of the 21st century which are centered in the new and
small rather than the old and big.
Question 3: Yes I
support this but let's be sure that the reaches of this organization
get to the total state. It is not the role of the state or other
businesses to build more parochialism. This could lead to that
Question 4: The
state must rethink the role of state aid to local communities. We must
not evolve to a state or area that has pockets of under funded
infrastructure and safety related functions. The easy answer is to
phase out the aid--the needed issue is to determine what is needed for
quality of life, safety, health etc. and then find the best way to
meet these needs. Once again we are going backwards in the solution
addressing funding before determining what needs to be done to do the
Ken Smart (7.5) (5) (2.5) (10)
Dave Roeser (0) (10) (5) (10)
Question 2: Have
you checked into the new entity L3C, a combination of non-profit and
for profit entity that could help blighted areas. Contact me if you
wish to discuss. Dave Roeser, Lino Lakes City Council.
Question 3: Not
if the idea is just putting in light rail.
Question 4: Lower
state taxes by same amount as the aid so that it is cost neutral to
taxpayers, citizens and commercial.
Jan Hively (7.5) (2.5) (10) (2.5)
Greg David (2.5) (10) (5) (2.5)
Question 1: Econ
Dev needs to go where the brain power, and creativity is. I strongly
FEAR that the inner-cities of Mpls/St Paul are resting on their
laurels; the brain power has moved out to the third ring 'burbs, and
the cities are severely losing (unless you consider the number of
attorneys, and ad agency types). I also see a huge separation between
the 'haves' (the mostly white educated) and the non-whites in the core
of the twin cities. I wish I'd kept the study, but I recall a former
nonprofit 'The Great North's study of a few yrs back; and if I recall
correctly: of the 200 some-odd patents issued in the 13 county metro
in 2005, and if you exclude the Univ. of MN; I believe only one firm
in Mpls received a new patent. The creative, non-arts, scientific
brain power has exited the core of the main urban cities; and no one
seems to care! While Rochester is not a fun place, and holds on to I
believe much racism, at least it as a non-metro/rural area retains
brain power. The concept of clusters of new industry have not birthed
in the TCs. We, so far, still lead in heart-related technologies; but
I fear we're sitting on our laurels. Other major concerns I have are:
1) I've heard from major employers like Target/US Bank that it's
almost impossible for them to attract non-white graduate students
because of the real, subtle, racism here. I've heard a recruiter
lament that if a non-white new employee is not married within the
first 3-4 yrs of live in the the TCs, that person will move away, back
to a more ethnically mixed culture - and none of our politicians seem
overly concerned. I greatly fear that the metro and most Minnesotan's
are resting on old images of the (formerly) Great North Star state.
It's time we wake-up... we're not competing with the Dakota; but with
Asia, Australian, even I suspect Austin, TX !
Question 2: I'm
curious as to what became of The Itasca Project? I don't see any
leadership from either Mayor Coleman nor RT; and less from out-state
officials. I still see MN as 'hometown' microcosm of what's good for
only my town. I see no leadership to promote MN to the World !!
Sorry, I don't see creativity coming from St. Cloud. And talk about
not so sublte racism. Now Rochester, at least it has the brain-power,
but it too seems to lurk of racism ('the whites still lead the way')
Question 4: Given
property value disparities, we still need this.
John Sievert (10) (10) (5) (5)
Anonymous (7.5) (0) (7.5) (7.5)
Private sector options should be considered first as well as efforts
to improve the general business climate.
Anonymous (2.5) (0) (10) (0)
Emerging energy businesses are often not located in the metro
Perhaps on an ad-hoc basis but the last thing the state needs is
another commission to tell others what they should do.
Question 3: as
well as Duluth to Mankato
Question 4: Very
easy for a property rich metro mayor to say but the system was
originally designed for equity
Greg Dahl (7.5) (7.5) (7.5) (2.5)
Debbie Frenzel (10) (7.5) (5) (7.5)
Robert J. Brown (2.5) (7.5) (7.5) (10)
Question 1: If
small business creates most of the new jobs we should encourage the
growth of small business throughout the state down to small (e.g. 5000
population) urban areas.
Question 3: Don't
forget St. Croix County Wisconsin which has been in our Stadnard
Metropolitan Area for years plus one or two more Wisconsin counties
that may be part of our economic development area.
Question 4: LGA
is a classic example of a short term solution (buying votes to get the
sales tax passed in 1967) which has created a long term problem -
local units of government wanting to get the credit for programs that
someone else has to pay for.
Jim White (10) 10) (5) (2.5)
Question 1: Seems
obvious that the jobs will go where there's people and housing and
Question 2: I
don't think the State does a good job in economic development. I
prefer to see a new economic development entity as suggested.
Question 3: I
can't tell what would work better if there was a wider net.
Property taxes alone cannot support most of the State's local
Terrell Towers (7.5) (2.5) (10) (7.5)
Jana King (10) (10) (5) (5)
Regions are the basis for successful
economic development strategies. The economy, businesses and the
workforce function regionally without regard to local government
boundaries. Yes - metropolitan areas do create the bulk of jobs, but
rural regions can work together successfully and should not be
It was needed at least 10 years ago. Such
public-private entities were established in St. Cloud and Rochester
between 1986-1988; Mankato & NE MN followed shortly thereafter. Most
peer metro areas around the nation established regional economic
development organizations in the 1990s. Leadership and engagement by
the private sector in economic development is welcome and essential.
It's also important to have the public sector engaged. As the former
leader of a regional public-private EDO I strongly recommend that
private sector funding make up at least 60% of the budget and that
public sector leadership is very engaged, but that the effort does not
become too linked to a single political leader or party. That allows
the EDO to truly maintain a long term focus on vision, mission and
goals - beyond the election cycle. Unfortunately economic development
systems in MN are primarily reactive and transactional. The best state
and regional economic development approaches are strategic. They are
based on an understanding of a region's competitive advantage - then
nurturing those strengths and promoting the growth of industries
through supportive public policy and investments (e.g. alignment of
higher education resources; competitive transportation infrastructure;
thoughtful regulation and taxation) rather than a simplistic
transactional approach - (e.g. incentive $$ to a few companies). In MN
too much "economic development" responsibility lies inside city
departments that are staffed primarily by planners - many of whom have
regulatory responsibilities and/or a regulatory mindset. These are
good people, but they have many other responsibilities and aren't part
of an organizational culture that focuses on opportunity, development,
Question 3: It
should definitely include the 11 counties that are in the Minnesota
portion of the 13 county MSA. Elizabeth Kautz mentioned the 13 county
area, but not which 13. Working with the 2 Wisconsin counties that are
part of the MSA would be interesting.... it gets more complex
operationally to access data, real estate listings, understand
available incentives, tax laws, etc. While it's more complex to
integrate 2 WI counties operationally, they may help our region offer
a more "complete menu" of possibilities (e.g special bio-science
funding options not available in MN, different cost structure).
However, there's a greater sense of shared identity and "sharing"
inside MN - sharing state tax revenues, county tax revenues, etc....
that won't be the case if WI counties are involved. Reaching out to
Rochester and St. Cloud is an interesting discussion too. It may be
possible to work together strategically - but operationally it could
be challenging to try to bring St. Cloud and Rochester into a metro
economic development entity. The St. Cloud Area Economic Development
Partnership was established in 1986 - I served as its first president.
Rochester Economic Development, Inc. was established about the same
time. I suppose it's like a larger corporation dealing with merger and
acquisition issues, except it would be a bit odd for a start-up to try
to take on entities that are 20+ years old - with deep roots in their
Rick Krueger (5) (10) (10) (0)
Depends what "concentrate" means. Rural should not be left out of
economic development at a time when information technologies are
expanding options on where to live and work. If concentrate means
focus on areas in need of economic stimulus then that could be either
rural or metro.
Competition involving economic incentives as such as attracting a
software company to move from Minneapolis to St. Paul are not what is
needed because it equates to a zero sum gain for the metro area.
Question 3: LGA
or something like it needs to be in place. Staples, Minnesota is
located in 2 of the poorest counties in the state and the value of its
property tax is very low even with a high effort. St. Paul has
somewhere around 45% of its property tax exempt from having an
extraordinary amount of governmental, church and higher education
buildings. These are the type of cities that rely on higher education.
Obviously, those are unique situations far different from a suburb
such as Burnsville that doesn't have to rely on LGA. This reminds me
of a rich person telling a poor person that "money doesn't matter".
LGA is critical in certain situations and without it property taxes
would be unaffordable to pay for basic services in certain cities.
Bob White (10) (5) (10) (10)
Bert LeMunyon (7.5) (10) (5) (7.5)
Robert Freeman (7.5) (10) (7.5) (10)
I think this is realistic but it seems like
it will be the death of rural areas. We should make a conscious
decision as a community that that is the route we wish to take.
Question 2: The
fact that MSP is not even on the radar for site selectors speaks
volumes to this.
Question 3: I
think there are several definitions of the MSP metro area that might
work better than the current one.
Question 4: LGA
has perversely altered the dynamics between taxpayers and elected
officials. There should be a reassessment of what needs are being
served by jurisdictions. There is no good reason to have almost 100
counties or townships with less than 1000 people.
Todd Klingel (10) (10) (7.5) (5)
Certainly there should be efforts in Greater MN as well, but the
candiates seeking those opportunites are different then the ones
lookng for urban options.
Question 2: It is
great that the Regional Council of Mayors wants to get involved. They
would be most helpful by making it more attractive to do business
here. Opportunities include streamlined regulation and permitting.
Lower property taxes.
Question 3: It
should include the 13 counties of the MSA. Eleven of these are in MN
and the other two are in Wisconsin. Now, that is regionalism.