• Minnesota Ready coalition asks Gov. Walz to open Minnesota’s economy by June 19

  • St. Paul, MN (06/11/20) – The Minnesota Ready coalition – a group of nearly 60 business organizations throughout Minnesota – will ask Governor Tim Walz today to allow all Minnesota’s businesses to fully open by June 19. Many of the groups will host live events today and penned a letter to the governor earlier this week.  
     
    “Businesses throughout the state welcomed last week’s news that more were allowed to open, but believe that more must be done. They have taken the necessary safety precautions and are ready to safely open their doors and increase their capacity,” said Doug Loon, President of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
     
    “Today we urge the governor to allow all Minnesota businesses to open by June 19 with appropriate safety planning in place to assure the safety of workers and customers,” said Brad Meier, President and CEO of the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce. “Date certainty would help reassure small business owners, employees and customers, and restart our economy.”
     
    The impact on small business has been undeniable since the onset of COVID-19. April employment statistics released by DEED show that compared to the same month last year, employment was down 73% in full-service restaurants, 63% in personal and laundry services, and 61% in arts, recreation and entertainment. Small Business Administration statistics reveal that these industries have among the highest shares of small business employment in our state’s economy.
     
    Small businesses fuel of our state’s economic future,” said Robin Anthony, Executive Director of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. “The St. Croix Valley sits on the border with Wisconsin. Without decisive action, tourism and small businesses will suffer or be lost forever. This is a loss to thousands of workers, their families and their communities.”
     
    Minnesota’s economy depends on a vast network of suppliers, logistics and moving goods within our borders and beyond. Fully opening businesses will increase the operations for that entire network, securing jobs and helping increase Minnesota’s competitiveness toward economic recovery.
     
    “Whether it is delivering packages to a storefront or pallets to a loading dock, truckers see the interdependence of Minnesota’s businesses,” said John Hausladen, President of the Minnesota Trucking Association. “Every load has both an origin and a destination. When all businesses are open and operating at full capacity, real economic revival can take place.”
     
    Live events from Minnesota Ready coalition members will take place in nearly a dozen sites across the state today. More details about the coalition and events are available at www.mnchamber.com/mnready.
     
    Members of the Minnesota Ready coalition include:

     

    Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce
    Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce
    Austin Area Chamber of Commerce
    Belle Plaine Chamber of Commerce
    Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce
    Big Lake Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce
    Burnsville Chamber of Commerce
    Cannon Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
    Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce
    Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Delano Area Chamber of Commerce
    Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
    Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce
    Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce
    Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
    Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
    Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
    Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
    Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce
    La Crescent Chamber of Commerce
    Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce
    Laurentian Chamber of Commerce
     
    Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
    Lonsdale Area Chamber of Commerce
    Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce
    Melrose Area Chamber of Commerce
    MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce
    Minnesota Beverage Association
    Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
    Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association
    Minnesota Trucking Association
    Minnesota Utility Contractors Association
    Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
    Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
    Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    River Heights Chamber of Commerce
    Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB
    Sauk Centre Area Chamber of Commerce
    Shakopee Chamber and Visitors Bureau
    SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce
    St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
    The Chamber Grand Forks and East Grand Forks
    Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce
    TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
    Wabasha Kellogg Chamber of Commerce/CVB
    Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce
    Waconia Chamber of Commerce
    White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce
    Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
    Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce
     
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