St. Paul, Minn. (June 14, 2018) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement in response to news about the June 28, 2018, closing date for the administrative land exchange for the PolyMet NorthMet Project:

“Today’s news that the administrative land exchange for PolyMet will be complete later this month is a positive step toward bringing hundreds of jobs to northeastern Minnesotans from the NorthMet project. We’re pleased to learn there is now a definitive timeline for this long-awaited land exchange to be finalized.

“The land exchange will not greenlight the PolyMet mining project, but rather will ratify what the Forest Service already determined during its exhaustive environmental review and public input process – that the land exchange is in the public’s best interest.”

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Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition representing business, labor and communities, supports statewide opportunities for prosperity and middle-class jobs from sustainable natural resource development in Minnesota. The organization is committed to the principle that our state can preserve both job opportunities and the environment for future generations. Jobs for Minnesotans was co-founded in 2012 by the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council representing 55,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 2,300 companies and 500,000 employees. For more information, visit, follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find the coalition on 


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