St. Paul, Minnesota (Nov. 3, 2016) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement in response to PolyMet Mining’s submission of its Permit to Mine application for its NorthMet copper-nickel mining project in northeastern Minnesota:

“The submission of PolyMet’s Permit to Mine application marks a significant milestone in advancing the economic future of our state. Minnesotans have been advocating for this project, which will launch a modern and diverse era in mining, for more than 10 years. To be in the homestretch toward bringing more than 300 high-quality, full-time mining jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment to our state is a historic moment.

“At a time when economic investment can be uncertain, PolyMet offers hope and financial security for the hardworking men and women who call Hoyt Lakes and the surrounding region home. This is a future that will send children to college and will offer the promise of middle-class jobs for generations to come.

“PolyMet has demonstrated time and time again that it is a responsible company committed to meeting the state and federal government’s strict regulatory standards. A great deal of work by experts has gone into developing a thorough Permit to Mine application, and we look forward to regulators preparing the permit in a predictable and timely fashion.”

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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