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Metro Chambers ‘Disappointed’ Legislature Ignored Southwest LRT

TwinWest Chamber President Bruce Nustad issued a statement on behalf of five metro chambers.

(The following news release comes from The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce, Edina Chamber of Commerce, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and TwinWest Chamber of Commerce.)

The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce, Edina Chamber of Commerce, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and TwinWest Chamber of Commerce have been working together to secure state support for the Southwest Light Rail Transit line that would serve Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie.

On behalf of the state’s five largest local Chambers of Commerce, TwinWest Chamber President Bruce Nustad issued the following statement:

“The business community is disappointed the legislature didn't pass funding for Southwest Light Rail this year. This project is critical to adding 60,000 new long-term, private sector jobs to the Twin Cities. In addition to supporting current and new jobs, the project will improve our region’s quality of life, reduce traffic congestion, and efficiently get Minnesotans to work and school.

“The bonding bill allocated $47.5 million to the Department of Employment and Economic Development for grants to cities, counties, and other local governments for projects to spur job growth. We will make the business case for this project to officials at DEED.  We hope to secure the support needed to keep this important jobs and economic development project moving.”

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