Governor Dayton Announces Three Appointees
Governor Mark Dayton appointed Mark Phillips, a private sector business development professional, as the Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the anchor agency of the Administration’s job creation efforts. The Governor re-appointed John Edman as Director of Explore Minnesota, continuing efforts to boost tourism – a key engine of economic and job growth statewide. Governor Dayton also announced that Kathy Tunheim will serve as a Senior Advisor to the Governor for Job Creation, a volunteer position aimed at driving outreach efforts to spur jobs growth.
“The best solutions to Minnesota’s chronic budget deficits are jobs and economic growth,” said Governor Dayton. “They will be my top priorities, and these three outstanding leaders will be tremendous partners in putting these words into action. I will work closely with this strong team of Kathy Tunheim, Mark Phillips, and John Edman to encourage Minnesota’s economic growth and help put Minnesotans back to work.”
Phillips was thrilled with the development.
“It is an honor to be chosen to lead this agency that’s so important to our state’s economy,” said Phillips. “Governor Dayton has made it clear that jobs are his number one priority, and I am ready to get to work to enhance Minnesota’s economic environment and support the Governor in his mission to get Minnesotans working again.”
Governor Dayton also reappointed John Edman to lead Minnesota’s tourism office, Explore Minnesota. Since taking the helm as Director in 2000, Edman has earned the widespread respect of the tourism industry. Edman previously held leadership positions in prominent public and private travel organizations, including serving as Director of Marketing for Carlson Destination Marketing Services.
To further his commitment to job creation and building a foundation for economic growth, Dayton also announced that Kathy Tunheim would serve as a Senior Advisor to the Governor for Job Creation. Tunheim’s role will be to bring together the best thinking, advice, counsel and expertise on how to grow private sector jobs and Minnesota’s economy. The focus will be on three specific areas: what do facts and analysis say about what will drive job growth and economic vitality in Minnesota; what kinds of jobs should Minnesota focus on creating and where is our competitive advantage; and what are the specific opportunities before us and how do we seize them.
“Governor Dayton has asked all Minnesotans who are able to serve, and I’m honored to be asked to serve in this capacity,” said Tunheim. “Minnesota has a diverse and complicated economy, and we will focus on pulling all the different threads together and evaluating the best policy options to ensure Minnesota is an economic leader for years to come.”