Telecommuter Forward! Program in Minnesota passes in Senate

The MN Senate Republican Caucus reports…

Legislation promotes telecommuting options in Minnesota communities

Chief-authored by Senator Andrew Mathews, legislation creating the Telecommuter Forward! Program in Minnesota unanimously passed the State Senate. The program allows Minnesota cities, townships, and counties to voluntarily apply for certification as a telecommuter friendly community, promoting business development and growth, especially in Greater Minnesota. The program contains no mandate, is voluntary, and makes no appropriation.

“Greater Minnesota communities are looking for ways to expand their workforce and grow business development,” said Senator Mathews. “This innovative approach allows communities to voluntarily register as a “Telecommuter Forward! Community”, allowing them to promote themselves as target destinations for Minnesotans interested in telecommuting. This will serve to grow our rural communities, expand local investment, and allow our Greater Minnesota economy to flourish.”

“This session, the Senate passed a significant $30 million investment in the border-to-border rural broadband grant program,” added Senator Mathews. “The Telecommuter Forward! initiative perfectly complements that investment by promoting Greater Minnesota broadband access and the opportunity for individuals to bring their jobs with them to our communities.”

After passing the Senate and House of Representatives, the bill now heads to Governor Walz for his signature.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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