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Humphrey Institute Tackles the Question, "How Can Science and Technology Spur Job Growth in Minnesota?"

November 12, 2008

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Minneapolis, MN -- The Humphrey Institute’s Center for Science and Technology hosted a discussion with Dan McElroy, commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Betsy Lulfs, director of DEED’s new Office of Science and Technology this week. The discussion focused on science and technology as catalysts for economic growth and job creation in Minnesota.

“With our unemployment rates climbing, it is critical for the state to identify new strategies for growing businesses and expanding job opportunities,? said Steve Kelley (pictured above), former legislator and current director of the Humphrey Institute’s Center for Science and Technology. “Technology-based economic development has great potential for creating high paying jobs. With the Governor's announcement of his Green Job Proposal, this conversation gives businesses and citizens an opportunity to explore good policies for technology and economic development."

Minnesota’s highly-regarded research institutions, such as the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, make it an attractive place for science and technology development. The Office of Science and Technology is working to help make sure that Minnesota ideas stay in Minnesota.

"It’s critical in our current economic situation to raise awareness about the potential that science and technology development have to create jobs in Minnesota and help spur economic growth,? said Betsy Lulfs of DEED. “The Office of Science and Technology aims to help small business grow and connect established business to new ideas.?

With a tight budget in next legislative session and a possible reduction in funding it becomes even more pressing to facilitate these discussions By having conservations like the one held today we ensure that productive policy ideas are followed and we promote connects between the established and emerging technology companies.

The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs’ Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy (CSTPP) will host this brown bag lunch discussion as part of its ongoing objective to improve people’s lives by enhancing the application of science and technology to solve public problems. CSTPP explores the increasingly important role that science and technology plays in our society and examines its implications for public policy at the international, national, and state levels.


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