Klobuchar to visit Albert Lea Saturday

Published 11:16 am Friday, February 25, 2011

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will visit six communities in southern Minnesota this weekend as a continuing part of her “Innovation Tour” to highlight the potential of economic innovation for long-term prosperity and job creation.

Since Klobuchar began her tour last month, she has been to more than 25 communities throughout the state to tour businesses, visit colleges and meet with local officials.

On Saturday, she will tour Albert Lea Select Foods at 3:30 p.m. Throughout the day, she will make other stops in Rochester, Harmony, Austin, Fairmont and St. James.

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Klobuchar recently joined with Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., to introduce bipartisan legislation to help revitalize America’s innovation edge and ability to compete in the local economy.

The “Innovate America Act” would cut red tape to help businesses utilize research and development for new products, target successful education programs and promote U.S. exports in new markets to strengthen America’s ability to innovate and compete in the global economy.

Klobuchar serves on the Senate Commerce Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Export Promotion.