MINNEAPOLIS, MN – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today concluded her “Exporting Minnesota” tour with a business leader roundtable at Enterprise Minnesota in Minneapolis. Klobuchar was joined by U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Undersecretary Ken Hyatt, Enterprise Minnesota President and CEO Bob Kill, and representatives from Agco, Carlson Companies and Ikonics, an imaging technology company in Duluth. This month Klobuchar was appointed to President Obama’s Export Council, which is the primary national advisory committee on exports.

“Exports are literally a world of opportunity,” said Klobuchar. “Meeting with businesses across the state I’ve seen firsthand how important exporting is to their success. I have long been committed to efforts to boost exports and advance innovation and I look forward to continuing this work on the President’s Export Council.”

As part of her “Exporting Minnesota” tour, this week Klobuchar met with businesses and local leaders in cities and towns across the state including, Chaska, Glencoe, Dassel, Saint Cloud, Willmar, Benson, Morris, and Glenwood to discuss her efforts to open up new export markets for Minnesota businesses.

As chair of the Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion, Klobuchar has been a leader in efforts to boost America’s ability to compete in the global economy, working to cut red tape for businesses. In 2010 she passed legislation—the Export Promotion Act—to help small- and medium-sized businesses sell their products in international markets. She has also introduced legislation the Innovate America Act to promote innovation.

Klobuchar serves on the Export Council alongside four other senators, five members of the House, the Secretary of Commerce and other cabinet members, as well as 28 private-sector leaders.