As the start of the Legislative Session is quickly approaching I am excited to have the opportunity to advocate for $5 million in bonding funds to complete an elevated walkway at Cedar and 147th transit station in Apple Valley. The pedestrian sky bridge walkway will connect the two transit stations over a busy intersection on Cedar Avenue and County Road 42. The new walkway, once completed, is expected to spur significant economic development along the Cedar Avenue/ Highway 77 transit corridor – which has already been designed as a “Jobs and Activity Center.”
Senator Greg Clausen talks about the importance of the Minnesota Zoo and the importance of their 2014 bonding requests.
Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) has a strong commitment for programming that supports education for employment. Training students in technology fields that move them into the workforce is good for students and helps grow Minnesota’s economy.
The Minnesota Zoo is an important state asset that is a gateway for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. It’s also important to note that the Minnesota Zoo provides as much as $146 million a year in economic impact to the state with 1.4 million annual visitors.