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Oct. 31 - Minnesota Chosen for NGA Program

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
Minnesota was among three states and one U.S. territory that were selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) to participate in a program to encourage growth of their clean energy industries. Arizona, Mississippi and Puerto Rico were also chosen to participate in the NGA’s Policy Academy on Targeting Clean Energy for Economic Development. Participants will learn strategies that combine economic development programs with energy policies, enabling them to grow their markets for clean energy technologies, products and services.

Oct. 29 - Career Fair Set for Nov 5 in Rochester

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
Oct. 29 - Career Fair Set for Nov 5 in Rochester

Oct. 25 - Twin Cities Seventh in Economic Index

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
The Twin Cities ranked seventh in the American City Business Journals (ACBJ) October index of top-performing metropolitan economies in the country, jumping 48 spots from the same month a year earlier. The index, conducted monthly by ACBJ, ranks 102 U.S. metropolitan markets based on 18 key economic indicators, including one- and five-year private sector job growth, unemployment rates, average weekly earnings, five-year earnings growth and one-year housing value growth.

Oct. 22 - DEED Commissioner Unveils Made in Minnesota Directory

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben unveiled the new Made in Minnesota Directory today during a visit to VEE Corp. in Minneapolis. The Made in Minnesota Directory, a free online database of products and supplies manufactured in the state, was created by DEED to encourage Minnesota businesses to buy products and supplies from each other, rather than from out-of-state or foreign companies. The tool contains details about nearly 600 manufacturers statewide.

Oct. 21 - Minnesota Manufacturing Week

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
Today, Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation declaring the week of October 20, 2013, to be “Minnesota Manufacturers Week” – highlighting the importance of an industry that employs one out of every nine workers in Minnesota. The annual event is designed to educate the public about the role manufacturing plays in the state’s economy, and to highlight opportunities for employment in the industry.

Oct. 17 - DEED Awards Grants for Redevelopment Projects

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
DEED awarded redevelopment grants for seven projects that are expected to create 244 jobs and retain another 800 jobs. The $2.7 million in grants were awarded under the agency’s Redevelopment Grant Program to prepare blighted sites that will be redeveloped in Chatfield, Duluth, Fridley, Minneapolis, St. Cloud and St. Paul.

Oct. 17 - DEED Awards Grant for Beacon Bluff Project

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
DEED awarded redevelopment grants for seven projects that are expected to create 244 jobs and retain another 800 jobs. One of the projects is the final phase of the Beacon Bluff Business Center in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul. The project was awarded a grant of $483,840.

Oct. 10 - Export Initiative Wins National Award

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
The Minnesota Trade Office, the city of Minneapolis and GREATER MSP were honored this week by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for their effort to drive economic growth in the Twin Cities by increasing exports. Their “Minneapolis-Saint Paul Export Plan” won a bronze award during the 2013 IEDC annual conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday. The IEDC is a Washington, D.C., based nonprofit group whose mission is to work with economic developers and help build wealth for people, businesses and communities.

Sept. 26 - Minnesota Eighth on Forbes List of Best States for Business

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
ST. PAUL – Minnesota ranked eighth in the “Forbes 2013 List of the Best States for Business,” jumping 12 spots from a year earlier on the strength of an improving economy, according to the publication. Minnesota’s overall 2013 ranking was the biggest improvement of any state in the eighth-annual study, which looks at six key metrics: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.

Sept. 23 - Public Forum Set for Rochester

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
A public forum this week in Rochester will examine the economic landscape of southeastern Minnesota and explore emerging employment trends from the perspective of individuals with disabilities. The forum will pay particularly close attention to the employment opportunities and challenges for students and young adults with disabilities. The forum will run from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE

Sept. 19 - State Gains 12,200 Jobs in August

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
Minnesota employers added 12,200 jobs in August, pushing total jobs in the state over the pre-recessionary peak that was reached in February 2008, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Sept. 18 - Career Fair in Roseau to be Held September 26

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
Sept. 18 - Career Fair in Roseau to be Held Sept. 26

Sept. 12 - New Career Pathways Grants Expand Opportunities

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Sept. 12 - New Career Pathways Grants Expand Opportunities, DEED awards will put 1,000 Minnesotans back to work

Sept. 11 - Workforce Grants Focus on Bridging Employment Gaps

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
Sept. 11 - Workforce Grants Focus on Bridging Employment Gaps

Sept. 10 - DEED Names Director of Business Development

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
ST. PAUL – John Shoffner has been named director of business development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Shoffner, who has been the economic development program manager in Greensboro, N.C., since 2004, will head DEED’s Office of Business Development, which is a team of regional and industry managers focused on retaining and expanding existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the state. The office is the first point of contact for businesses seeking state assistance.

Sept. 4 - Job Vacancies Hit 12-Year High in Second Quarter

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
Sept. 4 - Job Vacancies Hit 12-Year High in Second Quarter, Minnesota employers report 72,570 openings, up 15 percent from a year ago

Sept. 3 - DEED Awards Shovel Ready Certification to Three Cities

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
Sept. 3 - DEED Awards Shovel Ready Certification to Three Cities, Becker, Pine City and Stewartville Certified

Aug. 29 - State Exports at 5.2 Billion in Second Quarter

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
Aug. 29 - State Exports at 5.2 Billion in Second Quarter, Machinery sales lead all sectors

Aug. 27 - Business Expansions Generate 1,500 Jobs in Second Quarter

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
ST. PAUL – Minnesota businesses announced plans in the second quarter to create nearly 1,500 jobs related to 38 expansion projects, according to a statewide survey by DEED. Combined with first quarter results, the state has seen a total of 81 business expansions in 2013. DEED’s quarterly Business Expansion Survey included expansion projects by Emerson Process Management, which plans to add 500 jobs within two years in Shakopee, and Stratasys, which anticipates adding 100 employees by the end of the year in Eden Prairie.

Aug. 22 - Sauk Rapids Welding Firm Creates High-Quality Jobs

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 12:33pm
Aug. 22 - Sauk Rapids Welding Firm Creates High-Quality Jobs, Company expects 32 new jobs, increased production due to new funding