Twin Cities stuck on high-tech B team

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 3, 2013 - 9:16 PM

Report shows metro area is lagging other cities in job growth.

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bigracosSep. 4, 1310:20 AM

QUICK! POST THE WENDELL ANDERSON TIM MAGAZINE COVER AGAIN --- THAT WILL FOR SURE BRING THE TECH JOBS HERE!

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gandalf48Sep. 4, 1310:31 AM

While there is some merit to the idea that the legislature should do something the problem is that this article indicates that it should be some sort of micro, tax free zone or something to that effect. How is that fair to the businesses already here or for other industries (not just tech firms)? In reality the legislature needs to make the tax environment palatable to all businesses within the state of Minnesota, not just tech firms. Besides that it would have been nice to hear some other ideas within this article...it seems to say we should be attracting tech firms but offers little to nothing in the way to actually attract them here.

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west336Sep. 4, 1311:02 AM

Totally agree! The Twin Cities can sometimes be conservative to a fault, and this is just another example of that. Although the TC's conservative nature is one of its appealing and strongest amenities, I think being progressive is even more appealing and changing in the name of progression should be the status quo for this region.

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mtkjmflySep. 4, 1311:10 AM

We don't need to look any further than our Governor and legislature for the reasons why this is an issue. The last legislative session told new businesses to stay away because they will lose their profits to taxes that are being used to support out of control spending. Existing businesses got the message that this state is not interested in expansion.

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tholmquistSep. 4, 1312:04 PM

Step 1 is for this governor and legislature to put the tax structures in place to save the jobs we already have here. Trust me folks, they are sending new jobs to other states.

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davehougSep. 4, 13 3:42 PM

Does our Govenor know how mobile new jobs are??? When was the last time you heard of a headquarters moving INTO the metro??

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FrankLSep. 4, 13 3:43 PM

Realize most hot tech areas have also crashed and burned at some point. Silicon Valley is unique in that each time it recovered very quickly with the next wave of technology. Silicon Valley has several advantages including climate, several good universities, a long established Asian population and good ties to Asia. LA has all the same advantages, yet is not a tech juggernaut. The point is that the path to success is very complex and we should not just copy other areas, but find our own path.

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barnjoelSep. 4, 13 5:37 PM

Our state government isn't the primary problem for tech start-ups. Our primary problem is that our business leaders and otherwise wealthy individuals are not risk-takers and do not support our entrepreneurs like they do in silicon valley and other areas. Tech businesses that have large potential almost always require capital to get off the ground. There is capital in MN for established business but there is a severe lack of capital for pre-revenue tech businesses. Many of these businesses move out of MN to acquire capital. I (an entrepreneur) have been told many times to seek capital elsewhere.

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