DEED Roundup

We have a wide variety of stories to tell each day - from updates on the economy to trips around the state. The DEED Roundup compiles each week's highlights into one place.

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May 2, 2016

DEED-sponsored career fair in Austin draws 1,000 eighth-graders, offers veteran-friendly job postings and Minnesota has best labor force participation rate in the country.

April 25, 2016

Karen Francois named DEED's assistant commissioner of the Office of Career and Business Opportunity, 27 projects awarded $2.55 million in Pathways to Prosperity funding, and consumer website WalletHub says Minnesota is the most financially savvy state.

April 18, 2016

Commissioner Sieben leaving DEED to pursue other opportunities, state unemployment rate steady at 3.7 percent for fifth straight month, and how to get the most out of attending a job fair.

April 11, 2016

Seventh Annual Northland Job Fair in Duluth draws hundreds of job seekers, state now covering the cost of GED tests, and Minnesota cities sweep the top three spots in NerdWallet's Best Cities for Women in the Workforce 2016.

April 4, 2016

DEED Job Creation Fund grant supports expansion at Wagner SprayTech, Commissioner Sieben to be keynote speaker at Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation annual luncheon, and Seventh Annual Northland Job Fair set for Tuesday in Duluth.

March 28, 2016

State gains 9,000 jobs in February, extended unemployment insurance benefits approved for Iron Range mining workers, and Minnesota Cup accepting applications for 12th annual competition.

March 21, 2016

State job vacancies climb to 96,000 in fourth quarter 2015, Job Creation Fund attracts more than $388 million in investments and 2,605 new jobs last year, and DEED awards $2.8 million for 14 training projects under Minnesota Job Skills Partnership.

March 14, 2016

Minnesota unemployment rate holds steady at 3.7 percent in January, DEED awards $4 million loan for Cirrus expansion project in Duluth, and 18th annual Iron Range Job Fair set for Friday in Virginia, Minn.

March 7, 2016

Agricultural biotech firm Calyxt Inc. approved for $477,000 grant from Job Creation Fund, Minnesota one of 10 states that will take part in SNAP to Skills program, and Minnesota exports at $20 billion in 2015.

Feb. 29, 2016

DEED awards $1.62 million for apartment construction projects in Duluth and Perham, offers tips for putting together an effective resume and 10 Minnesota companies make Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies."

Feb. 22, 2016

New Office of Career and Business Opportunity aims to help disadvantaged groups achieve economic parity, blog post offers region-by-region breakdown of jobs in the construction industry, and State Services for the Blind Communication Center had a busy and productive 2015.

Feb. 16, 2016

DEED's Rapid Response team helping workers who lost jobs after Madelia fire, Sil-Pro expanding in Delano with support from Job Creation Fund, and Vocational Rehabilitation annual report features facts, figures, data and success stories.

Feb. 8, 2016

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband recommends $200 million for Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, startup company Phoji puts a fresh face on phone app, and latest issue of Trends magazine focuses on racial and economic disparities in Minnesota.

Feb. 1, 2016

Trade Office executive director talks STEP grants at Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association meeting, Cottage Grove site certified as Shovel Ready, and DEED plans Way to Work pilot project in Minnesota.

Jan. 25, 2016

Minnesota employers add 9,100 jobs in December, partner in Albertville project credits trade missions for helping him to raise investment funding, and Minnesota is the second-strongest state in the country, according to Politico analysis.

Jan. 19, 2016

Minnesota manufacturers expect stable conditions in 2016, DEED awards Job Training Skills Partnership grant for metro manufacturing consortium, and Duluth WorkForce Center hosting job fair on Tuesday.

Jan. 11, 2016

Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. expanding in Brooklyn Park, road project in Pennock awarded funding from Transportation Economic Development Program, DEED announces $6.2 million in cleanup funding for redevelopment projects.

Jan. 4, 2016

Essar Steel accepts governor's ultimatum to repay $66 million loan, state job picture generally improved last year and state population at record high.

Dec. 28, 2015

DEED awards Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant to train employees at International Paper, Minnesota has second-highest labor force participation rate in the country, and latest issue of Minnesota Employment Review offers a statistical look at the economy.

Dec. 21, 2015

Minnesota employers add 7,200 jobs in November and unemployment rates drops to 3.5 percent, DEED seeks proposals for job-training programs, and Commissioner Sieben joins other state officials at event to discuss initiatives aimed at tackling poverty and unemployment.

Dec. 14, 2015

DEED awards Minnesota Job Skills Partnership funding to Anoka Ramsey Community College, Bloomington WorkForce Center hiring event to focus on jobs in information technology, and website says Minnesota drivers are the best in the country.

Dec. 7, 2015

Gov. Mark Dayton and other officials break ground on 800 West Broadway, DEED seeking applicants for the newly-created position of assistant commissioner of career and business opportunity, and 24/7 Wall Street says Minnesota is among the best-run states in the country.

Nov. 30, 2015

Danna MacKenzie featured in interview with online magazine The Daily Yonder, state exports at $5 billion in third quarter and DEED funds new initiative designed to promote minority-owned business growth in southern Minnesota.

Nov. 23, 2015

Comcast adding 400 jobs in St. Paul, DEED awards $11 million for projects to develop broadband infrastructure in Greater Minnesota, and October unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent.

Nov. 16, 2015

Minnesota Brownfields announces winners of fourth annual ReScape Awards, Crookston seeking funding from DEED's Small Cities Development Program and the Pillsbury Doughboy turns 50.

Nov. 9, 2015

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith promotes Angel Tax Credit Program during visit to Plymouth business, newly launched Aging Eyes Initiative offers training and resources to help seniors adapt to changing vision, and DEED awards funding to train workers at Titan Machinery.

Nov. 2, 2015

DEED and DNR recognized for program that boosts employment opportunities in state government for people with disabilities, activities planned for Minnesota MidTech Week and Entrepreneur magazine says Minneapolis is one of the best cities in the country for launching a new business.

Oct. 26, 2015

DEED awards $303,537 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant to Rochester Community and Technical College to train health care workers, South Korean trade official visits Minnesota, and Minnesotans rank fourth in the country for fiscal responsibility.

Oct. 19, 2015

Rochester Post Bulletin and other media applaud Gov. Dayton for creating new Office of Career and Business Opportunity at DEED, state unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent in September and DEED awards grants for programs that train low-income workers.

Oct. 12, 2015

Minnesota ranks second in the country for medtech patents, governor declares first week of November to be MedTech Week, and Kathleen Motzenbecker joins Lt. Gov. Tina Smith at Lakes Area Manufacturing Breakfast in Merrifield.

Oct. 5, 2015

Teeing up for the Ryder Cup, celebrate Minnesota's manufacturing during Manufacturing Week, DEED awards grants to assist emerging businesses, Gov. Dayton declares Small Business Day, Minnesota is the second happiest state according to WalletHub.

Sept. 28, 2015

Greater Minnesota entities request $29 million in broadband funding, four Bemidji firms named to Inc. magazine's list of fastest-growing companies in the country, and applications to be accepted starting on Oct. 15 for DEED's Job Training Incentive Program.

Sept. 21, 2015

DEED to begin accepting applications for grants awarded by the Workforce Housing Development Program, state gains 7,300 jobs in August and blog looks at the importance of social skills in the labor market.

Sept. 14, 2015

Stars Hollow approved for $677,605 from Job Creation Fund to develop an aquaponics operation in Wadena, “Commissioners on Wheels” tour features leaders of nine state agencies visiting seven communities in northern Minnesota, and Minnesota Trade Office awarded $564,132 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to fund the Minnesota STEP Program.

Sept. 8, 2015

DEED completes first round of grants for Job Creation Fund, Minnesota job vacancies hit 14-year high, and blog post looks at technology and innovation in state.

Aug. 31, 2015

Lifecore Biomedical planning $18 million expansion in Chaska with help from Job Creation Fund, women drive success of Somali market in Minneapolis and DEED's Jim Gromberg moderates panel discussion on growth of data center sector in Twin Cities.

Aug. 24, 2015

U.S. Department of Labor approves DEED plan for extension of unemployment benefits to 200 laid off mining workers, state loses 3,900 jobs in July and tax incentives helping to drive growth in data centers.

Aug. 17, 2015

Unemployment Insurance Program marks 80th anniversary, Gov. Dayton says Mexico trade mission was highly productive and Northfield newspaper lauds DEED's Minnesota Job Skills Partnership.

Aug. 10, 2015

DEED awards nearly $70,000 from Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, IKONICS breaks ground on $4.3 million Duluth project and Gov. Dayton announces delegation for Mexico trade mission.

Aug. 3, 2015

Minnesota ranks third nationally for investments from India, Sportech plans $6.5 million expansion in Elk River, and DEED/MnDOT program has $30 million available for transportation infrastructure improvements.

July 27, 2015

Gov. Dayton appoints seven new members and reappoints eight current members to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, Minnesota ranks No. 1 nationally in the well-being of children, and Minnesota Trade Office's STEP program helps Pepin Manufacturing expand sales into foreign markets.

July 20, 2015

Jobs on the Rise Again in Minnesota, Smooth Road to Employment, Why Mexico, Minnesota Adds 2,900 Jobs in June, Benefits of Bilingual Employees, Serving Our Clients: Upcoming Vocational Rehabilitation Services pilot project.

July 13, 2015

Student Joining Mexican Trade Trip, Dayton Declares Hire a Veteran Month, DEED Awards Cleanup Funding, Serving Our Clients: State Services for the Blind and other groups to celebrate landmark legislation, Americans with Disabilities Act, on July 26 at the Minnesota History Center.

July 6, 2015

Why the CNBC ranking matters, DEED awards youth employment funding and Minnesota business services firms have a positive outlook about the economy.

June 29, 2015

CNBC names Minnesota Top State for Business 2015, Gov. Dayton credits Minnesotans for top state award and Minnesota also named best state for the economic and social well-being of women.

June 22, 2015

State labor market holds steady in May, DEED awards workforce training grant and Brainerd man named 2015 State Star.

June 15, 2015

Construction hiring event planned for Bloomington WorkForce Center on Tuesday, DEED and partners participating in annual BIO convention in Philadelphia this week, and Caterpillar Paving Products plans Brooklyn Park expansion project.

June 8, 2015

Dubow Textile expanding in St. Cloud, companies honored with trade and foreign direct investment awards, and DEED unveils new Career Profile tool.

June 1, 2015

State exports at $4.9 billion in first quarter, Blattner Energy plans $6.2 million expansion in Avon and FedEx announces plans to build sorting and distribution center in Brainerd.

May 26, 2015

State employers add 7,400 jobs in April, Los Angeles photo exhibit features more than a dozen women who work at New Flyer of America in St. Cloud, and older workers should employ multiple strategies when searching for new jobs.

May 18, 2015

DEED awards $17.6 million in grants for projects in small cities, optimism builds at state factories and Minnesota ranks among best states for working mothers.

May 11, 2015

Why the Minnesota economy is outpacing Wisconsin's economy, DEED awards $7.8 million in small-business loans under State Small Business Credit Initiative and Ada business owner says small towns need broadband financial support.

May 4, 2015

Business Facilities magazines recognizes Minnesota for its workforce development programs, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith participates in Werner Electric groundbreaking in Cottage Grove and Minnesota observes National Small Business Week.

April 27, 2015

Teen summer hiring prospects much improved this year, St. Cloud event touts construction jobs and millennials playing bigger role in shaping the workplace.

April 20, 2015

Minnesota employers add 7,800 jobs in March, Star Tribune says DEED's Office of Broadband of Development has an important mission and deserves legislative funding, and Minneapolis and St. Paul rank No. 1 and No. 4, respectively, on the list of the country's most literate cities.

April 13, 2015

Job Creation Fund spurs investment and job growth in Minnesota, employment outlook improving in northern Minnesota and DEED plans road shows in April and May.

April 6, 2015

Andersen Corp. investing $45 million and adding 300 jobs at facilities in Cottage Grove and North Branch, job vacancies hit 14-year high in Minnesota, and Minnesota Cup accepting applications for 2015 contest.

March 30, 2015

Pathways to Prosperity will Open Doors, DEED Awards Training Grants, Minnesota Cup Accepting Applications, Local Look: Manufacturing is a Major Part of the Northwest Minnesota Industry Mix, Serving Our Clients: Metro Export Roundtable.

March 23, 2015

Lake City company finds export opportunities in Mexico, state gains 11,800 jobs in February and DEED helps workers who lost their jobs in Target layoffs.

March 16, 2015

Construct Tomorrow event in Duluth makes a case for construction careers, state jobless rate at 3.7 percent in January and Design Ready Controls plans to expand in Brooklyn Park.

March 9, 2015

Governor leading trade mission to Mexico, Cardio3 opening Rochester facility and Uponer Expanding in Apple Valley.

March 2, 2015

A Strong Incentive, Wellness Center Puts Wadena on New Path, New Workers Land Jobs in a Wave of Retirements, State Exports Reach Record $21.4B in 2014, 2015 edition of A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota, Serving Our Clients: Construct Tomorrow.

February 23, 2015

Bad Winter? Cheer Up. A Tough Climate Could Make for Great Business, Grant Funds Anoka-Ramsey Community College Training for Zimmerman Machining Business, First-time MJSP Applicant UMA Precision Machining to Receive Workforce Training, Serving Our Clients: Senior Community Service Employment Program.

February 17, 2015

The Miracle of Minneapolis, Why the Broadband Program Matters, Report: Transportation Program to Generate 15,000 Jobs, New Chair Named: Dayton Issues Order to Continue Olmstead Planning, Prophet Corp. Expanding to Owatonna, Serving Our Clients: Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

February 9, 2015

DEED Awards Broadband Grants Totaling $19.4M, Lt. Gov. Smith Visits Luverne to Mark $5M for Broadband Expansion, Local Business People Weigh in on Future of Jobs for Minnesota Millennials, Serving Our Clients: Spring into Job Fairs, including the Get Jobs Job Fair and Northland Job Fair.

February 2, 2015

Still More Reasons MSP is Capital of the North, LSC Awarded Grant to Place Women in Non-Trad Jobs, Partnership Grant to Pay for Training, 2015 Edition of 'A Guide to Starting A Business in Minnesota' Now Available, Serving Our Clients: How DEED Put Minnesotans Back to Work in 2014.

January 26, 2015

Minnesota's New Cool Image as 'the North,' Minnesota Job Creation Fund Wins Economic Development Initiative Award, State Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.6 Percent, Angel Tax Credit Update, Did You Know: Duluth Named Top Ten US Destination, DEED Developments: How DEED Helped Veterans in 2014.

January 20, 2015

Anoka County FastTRAC Program Receives Honor, Two West Central Minnesota Counties Back From Recession, Greater Minnesota Counties Lead Economic Recovery, Manufacturers Optimistic about 2015, blog: Techniques to Help You Land That Dream Job.

January 12, 2015

How Jet Edge Won Contracts in Africa -- Thanks to a Trade Mission to China, Manufacturing Strength to Continue in 2015, Unemployment Insurance Claims Lowest Since 2007, State Grants Aim to Get More Women in Hard Hats, Four Companies Expanding with Help from DEED Program.

January 5, 2015

Final Funding Secured to Update Duluth Docks, Minnesota Ranks no. 2 in Business Conditions Index, Millennials on the Move to Minneapolis, Magnum Machining Workforce Receives Training with DEED Grant, DEED UI Program Wins National Award, Serving Our Clients: St. Paul's Right Track Youth Employment Program.