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Growth & Justice aims to help policymakers and economic development officials wisely invest Minnesota's limited public resources to strengthen the economy and job growth through:
Assistance for businesses, entrepreneurs and laid-off workers
Long-term approaches to sustain economic development
Tests to ensure real economic development impacts
The public sector plays a role in both long- and short-term economic development in our state. In an economic recovery, this role is even more important. By assisting businesses, laid-off workers and entrepreneurs, along with wise use of available federal funding, the state can emerge stronger. Smart approaches to long-term development, including investments in education and infrastructure, avoiding company-specific tax breaks, and a focus on strengths and growth drivers, can help Minnesota increase economic growth and prosperity.
Guiding principles for state and local economic development policy:
Public policies influence growth, but do not supplant the private sector.
Public economic efforts should focus on factors under the influence of the government.
Efforts are cost effective.
Policies benefit both businesses and the workforce.
People and areas of the state most in need receive attention.
Regional efforts complement broader statewide policy.
The state's natural resources are protected.
Targeted economic development policy will strengthen Minnesota's economy in the short term, while putting the pieces in place for a prosperous future.