Upgrading Minn. infrastructure could create 114,000 jobs across the state

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Upgrading Minn. infrastructure could create 114,000 jobs across the state

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- An estimated 114,000 jobs could be created across Minnesota just by making much-needed investments in the state's infrastructure, according to a new report by the BlueGreen Alliance.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness joined labor and environmental leaders to identify needed investments that would have both the greatest impact on job creation and protecting communities from the impacts of climate change.

“Repairing Minnesota’s infrastructure creates good jobs and positively affects business productivity, competitiveness, and efficiency—saving money, energy, and other resources as well as reducing carbon pollution that leads to climate change,” said Tarryl Clark from the BlueGreen Alliance.

The report, Repair Minnesota: Creating Good Jobs While Preparing Our Systems for Climate Change, includes the number of direct and indirect jobs that would be created from repairing Minnesota's infrastructure.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure every four years, and in 2013, the nation earned a “D+” average. The report card found that 52 percent of the state’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

“To respond to the threat of climate change and preparing our communities for its impacts, we need strong and reliable infrastructure systems,” said John Doberstein from the Sierra Club Northstar Chapter.

The release is part of the BlueGreen Alliance’s Repair America effort to fix the basic systems people rely on every day for power, water, communication, and getting goods from place to place.

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