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In recent years, we have made significant investments in transportation infrastructure. Efficiently moving workers will be critical to our success. Our residents can choose to live in a variety of locations and types of environments, yet they can access jobs and amenities throughout the region.
The growth that our companies will see must leverage locations and land throughout the area. For them to thrive, we need to make sure workers can get to work. The average commute in our region is 24 minutes, the lowest of any metro area our size.
As our population grows, it will be difficult to maintain that short commute without a strong public transit system. It will be difficult to ensure that our companies can find the workforce they need. Fortunately, we have laid a groundwork from which to build.
Our region is ready to take its place on the global stage. Rybak has been a key player in preparing us for global leadership. We have a number of building blocks to use. And we have many challenging issues and difficult decisions ahead: the achievement gap, the business tax environment, urban density, and talent attraction, to name a few.
The next leader of our largest city will need to be ready and willing to lead us through these challenges, build coalitions and outline a vision for our success. We at Greater MSP look forward to working with the new Minneapolis to achieve regional success.
Michael Langley is CEO of Greater MSP.
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