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Area Manufacturers welcome Lt. Gov. Smith during Manufacturing Week

Minnesota's Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is scheduled to address local business leaders at the "Good Morning, Manufacturing!" event beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, at Clow Stamping's Training Center, 23103 County Road 3, Merrifield.

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Tina Smith

Minnesota's Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is scheduled to address local business leaders at the "Good Morning, Manufacturing!" event beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, at Clow Stamping's Training Center, 23103 County Road 3, Merrifield.

Keynote speaker will be Kathleen Motzenbecker, executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office for the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Admission is $10 per

person and includes a continental breakfast.

Register and learn more by visiting www.BridgesConnection.org/mfg . Space is limited.

"Good Morning, Manufacturing!" is one of many activities occurring during Minnesota's annual Manufacturing Week, Oct. 1-10, 2015. This morning event is sponsored by the Lake Area Manufacturing Alliance, with support from Minnesota Dream it. Do it., the Bridges Workplace Connection program, the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation.

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Smith is Minnesota's 48th lieutenant governor. Tina first joined Governor Dayton's team in 2011, serving as chief of staff. Prior to her time in the Governor's Office, Tina Smith served as chief of staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Smith led Rybak's efforts to make city government

more focused on accountability and results and deliver better services for residents.

She also brought business and community leaders together to help improve the economic competitiveness of the Twin Cities.

Before entering public service, Smith founded a marketing and communications firm that served foundations and businesses in Minnesota and across the country. Smith served on the senior management team of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota as Vice President for External Affairs.

She is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science. She later went on to earn an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Prior to attending college, She worked on the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and earned money in high school working in a doughnut shop.

She lives in Minneapolis with her husband Archie. They have been married for more than 30 years, and have two grown sons Sam and Mason.

For manufacturing week, Motzenbecker will visit the Brainerd High School at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. She will visit with BHS students in an economic class and have lunch at the school. At 1 p.m. Motzenbecker will visit the American economic class at Central Lakes College and visit with college students. After the class, CLC President Larry Lundblad will host a 30 minute tour of the college. A tour of LINDAR Corp. is planned at 2:30 p.m. in Baxter.

Motzenbecker will be the keynote speaker at the 7:45 a.m. "Good Morning, Manufacturing" event Thursday at Clow Stamping in Merrifield. Motzenbecker will be speaking about 8:30 a.m., a tour of Clow Stamping is planned at 9:15 a.m. A Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. regional manufacturing workshop is set from 11 a.m. to noon at the Consolidated Telecommunications Co. Room in the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce offices on Washington Street in Brainerd.

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