Recently, Patti Gartland has participated or will be participating in the following initiatives and activities:
- Partnering with Greater MSP and other organizations on a Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership team to submit a competitive application for federal designation of the St. Cloud-MSP-Rochester corridor as part of the US Economic Development Authority’s (US EDA) second round for the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” program. The US EDA intends to designate twelve additional areas/clusters that will have priority access to $1.3 billion of funding.
- Joining colleagues from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Greater MSP, Duluth/APEX and the University of Minnesota in attending the SelectUSA Investment Summit. The event is a chance for domestic and foreign investors, as well as businesses of all sizes seeking to establish or expand operations in the United States, to be matched up with other U.S. businesses, economic development organizations (EDOs) and government officials who can provide information on where and why to invest in business in the U.S. Attendees will also learn about available resources and incentives directly from U.S. federal, state and local officials. The Summit takes place March 23-24 in Washington, D.C.
- Participated in a press conference held in St. Cloud on March 6 where Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle presented the Governor’s proposed 10-year, $10.5 billion transportation investment plan. The plan includes significant regional transportation improvements benefiting the greater St. Cloud region. GSDC has been a vocal advocate for expansion of I-94 to six lanes from St. Michael to St. Cloud, extension of NorthStar passenger rail service from Big Lake to St. Cloud, and additional funding for transit service in the St. Cloud metro area, all of which are included in the 10-year transportation investment plan proposal.
- Gartland, an MSP Metropolitan Airports Commissioner (MAC), traveled to Washington, D.C. in early March with MAC-MSP Chair Dan Boivin and MAC-MSP Government Affairs Director Mitch Kilian to attend the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) legislative conference. They also met with Minnesota Congressmen Collin Peterson and Tom Emmer, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and congressional staff for Senator Al Franken and Congressman Keith Ellison. Primary messaging was to advocate Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) reauthorization and full funding of the Small Communities Air Service Development programs and other means of supporting air service in communities such as St. Cloud.