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Ingebrigtsen named to governor's workforce group

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State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria has been named to the Governor's Workforce Development Council, a board developed to prepare workers for a changing economy and ensure an adequate number of skilled workers are available for Minnesota's employers.

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The two-year old council's mission is to analyze and recommend workforce development policies to the governor and Legislature for skills development, use of state resources and effectiveness to ensure a globally competitive workforce for Minnesota.

"Successful workers will need to be creative and self-disciplined to adapt to the changing economy. Minnesota must help them bridge the coming gap with employers to keep our state competitive," said Ingebrigtsen.

Minnesota industries already are facing labor shortages because of increasing numbers of retiring workers and fewer replacement workers, he added.

The 31-member council includes representatives from business, labor, education, the nonprofit sector, the state legislature, state agencies and others with an interest in Minnesota's workforce system. Members are appointed by the governor and legislative leadership for three-year terms.

Members participate in full council meetings quarterly and committee meetings monthly or bi-monthly.

Ingebrigtsen's first meeting is February 12.

Ingebrigtsen encourages constituent input and can be reached at (651) 297-8063, by mail at 123 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155, or via e-mail at sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn.

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