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Promote Responsible Industrial Development

Responsible industrial development plays a crucial role in northern Minnesota’s economy and the livelihood of many of our friends, famiies and neighbors. In a post-COVID economy, Better In Our Back Yard believes that now, more than ever, we need Enbridge, Twin Metals and PolyMet to be successful in driving present and future investment into northern Minnesota while protecting the state’s pristine environment.

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Educate Young Professionals on the Benefits of Responsible Industry

Both Duluth and the Iron Range’s largest export is the amount of young talent leaving the region every year. For decades, northeast Minnesota’s population has been declining, resulting in vastly fewer opportunities for young professionals. Responsible industrial development will lead to increased private investment in the region, and the introduction of copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range will spur economic growth for decades to come.

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Promote Careers in the Union Building Trades

PolyMet, Twin Metals Minnesota and Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project all have one thing in common. They will all be built by the skilled men and women of the Union Building Trades.

The Union Building Trades have exceptional apprenticeship programs that allow young professionals to earn while they learn, provide great wages and benefits and promote high safety standards on the job site. Starting a career in the Union Building Trades is a great opportunity for those looking to learn highly-demanded skills without incurring high amounts of student debt.

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Networking Events and Panel Discussions

Once it’s safe to do so, Better In Our Back Yard will be bringing back our popular panel discussions. These events create opportunities for young professionals to network and engage with industry experts from around the region. We look forward to hosting events on college campuses and local venues once again.