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Governor Dayton takes victory lap in Rochester and Albert Lea

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) --  Gov. Mark Dayton is taking a victory lap in Rochester and Albert Lea today, celebrating the passage of the bonding bill in the Minnesota Legislature which gives the green light to major projects dear to both cities.

The governor started out at the Mayo Civic Center at 9:30 a.m. to mark the beginning of its expansion. The project is expected to create 1,000 new jobs and add an estimated $370 million to the Rochester economy.
Governor Dayton said he knows how important it is for downtown Rochester to continue to grow and is excited to see the boost to the area economy, already in a rapid expansion thanks to the Destination Medical Center initiative.

"I proposed this to the Legislature, and the first three times they declined to pass it, and I was shocked," said the Governor. "Like I said earlier about what I've learned from my father and my uncles who ran Dayton's and Target, about the importance of downtown development for the city, for the region, and the entire state."

Gov. Dayton noted that the future convention center already has some events booked for 2018.

Dayton will stop in Albert Lea at 1 p.m. where he'll participate in a ceremonial bill signing that will fund the dredging of Fountain Lake.  That project is also included in the Legislature's massive bonding bill enacted in June.

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