Mayor Rybak to Join Secretary Locke on First Stop of "New Markets, New Jobs" Tour
Governor Dayton also to participate with Commerce Secretary in Minneapolis on national tour to grow small-business exports
January 27, 2011 (MINNEAPOLIS) Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced today that he will join U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Governor Mark Dayton and other high-ranking federal officials in kicking off the national "New Markets, New Jobs" tour on Thursday, February 17 in Minneapolis.
The tour is designed to help small and medium-size businesses grow exports and grow jobs. The other federal officials joining Secretary Locke in Minneapolis are U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills and Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg. After Minneapolis, the tour will stop in California, Louisiana and Delaware.
"It’s fitting that the Obama Administration has chosen Minneapolis to kick off this important tour," said Mayor R.T. Rybak. "Minneapolis–Saint Paul has long been home to globally-oriented companies that have sustained our local economy by exporting, and as a global metropolitan area, we are also home to many dynamic small businesses that are well positioned to take advantage of this important initiative. As President Obama said in the State of the Union address, ‘the more we export, the more jobs we create here at home.’
"I look forward to welcoming and working closely with Secretary Locke, Governor Dayton and others to create opportunities for our region’s small and medium-size businesses to grow new jobs through growing exports."
Published Jan. 27, 2011