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Commissioners on Wheels Tour Makes a Stop at the Hormel Research & Development Laboratories in Austin



Commissioners from nine state agencies visited eleven communities and businesses in southeastern Minnesota during a three-day bus tour that concludes Tuesday afternoon.

One of the goals of the trip was to increase awareness of Minnesota Business First Stop, which Gov. Mark Dayton created it in 2012 to help businesses when working with state agencies. Minnesota Business First Stop streamlines the process for financing, licensing, technical assistance and other resources state agencies provide to businesses.

One commissioner said it was an eye opening experience visiting Hormel’s Laboratories and seeing the work they do. “What I find wonderful is their commitment to the community, their commitment to the state, both as an employer but also their work with the foundations, with everything from food safety to the collaboration with other Minnesota businesses,” said Commissioner of the Department of Transportation Charlie Zelle.