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Governor Walz Weighs In On LSC Renovations

Governor Tim Walz and members of his team with faculty from Lake Superior College. Governor Tim Walz and members of his team with faculty from Lake Superior College. | 

Emily Ness
Created: October 05, 2019 05:02 PM

In an effort to better meet student and industry needs, Lake Superior College has proposed a renovation that would move their manufacturing unit from downtown Duluth to the main campus. On Saturday, Governor Tim Walz and members of his team came to the college to learn more.

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“We’ve currently been leasing space downtown which has worked really great. It’s great to have that connectivity to downtown, but at the same time, we’re starting to outgrow that space a little bit and then also this is a good opportunity to connect those students to the amenities that we have on our main campus,” Daniel Fanning, Director of External Relations at Lake Superior College said.

The proposed project would involve renovating 27,900 square feet into a state of the art manufacturing, welding and electronic lab, while adding 12,360 square feet for a machine tool lab. During his tour, Governor Walz was able to see these spaces for himself and get a better sense of the significance of the college’s proposal.

“I as an instructor and someone who has a daughter just starting college, I would want them to be mixed into the life that’s going around, mixed into this world of ideas because that’s the real benefit that comes with this,” Walz said.

In addition to benefiting students, Lake Superior College believes this renovation would benefit the economy.

“There’s a lot of buzz around manufacturing right now and we’re so lucky to have partners here in Duluth and throughout the community and throughout the region really so the more we can do to continue to support them and to provide that talented workforce to them, the better our economy can continue to grow really,” Fanning said.

Governor Walz too, emphasized the role manufacturing plays in Minnesota’s economy—describing it as one of the state’s best kept secrets.

“Duluth speaks with a lot of voice in the state legislature mainly because this is a very important part of Minnesota’s economy and manufacturing is at the heart of it,” Walz said. “When something is made here and shipped to other parts of the world, I think people understand economics well enough to know that, that’s a good thing—that’s job creation here.”

Lake Superior College says that manufacturing has grown increasingly more popular over time and that this renovation would help aid them in keeping up with growing enrollment rates. Additionally, Lake Superior College says that much of their older buildings need renovations as is, therefore, this project would fulfill that purpose as well.

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