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Skogen receives CGMC Legislator of Distinction award for development policy

Photo provided Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities President and St. Peter, Minn. Mayor Timothy Strand presents Sen. Dan Skogen, DFL-Hewitt, with CGMC's Legislator of Distinction award.

Sen. Dan Skogen was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Aug. 19 at the Coalition's three-day summer conference in Winona, Minn., for his positive impact on economic development policy.

Skogen, DFL-Hewitt, is serving his first term in the Minnesota Senate. The Legislator of Distinction Award is given to legislators who played key roles in advancing CGMC issue areas during the preceding session.

In 2010, Sen. Skogen was the chief Senate author and advocate of the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure grant bonding bill, which will allow cities the opportunity to create or retain jobs in their communities. He was an outspoken supporter of increased funding for this grant during the bonding bill process and zealously advocated for the grant during final conference committee negotiations. His efforts in contacting leadership and lobbying individual conferees is credited with helping secure a significant appropriation for the program.

"As the author of the BDPI grant bonding bill, Sen. Skogen showed his commitment to the critical effort of growing jobs in greater Minnesota," said CGMC President Timothy Strand, mayor of St. Peter. "Due to his efforts, communities will benefit by having another tool in their economic development toolbox."

CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 75 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.