News Releases RSS | Department of Employment and Economic Development | State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed en-us Hearth & Home Technologies Expanding in Lake City Thu, 05 May 2016 11:10:58 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-180457 Hearth & Home Technologies is adding 37 jobs as part of a $1.45 million expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Lake City. The Lakeville-based maker of fireplace products said it plans to convert 20,000 square feet of warehouse space in Lake City into an engineering lab, offices and testing space. Iowa Startup Corvida Medical Expanding in Eagan Thu, 05 May 2016 09:25:40 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-180451 Medical device startup Corvida Medical is planning a $3.1 million expansion in Minnesota that will include the creation of 17 high-paying jobs. The company, headquartered in Coralville, Iowa, will produce closed-system drug transfer products at a manufacturing facility in Eagan. FAST Global Solutions Employees Receive Job Skills Partnership Training Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-180345 DEED has awarded Alexandria Technical and Community College a $254,094 grant under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train 405 employees of FAST Global Solutions. The company currently has about 450 employees at their Glenwood and Windom facilities. Pathways to Prosperity Opens Doors for 900 Low-Income Minnesotans Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:34:02 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-180256 DEED has approved grants totaling $2.55 million for 27 projects that will create greater opportunity for nearly 900 Minnesotans to pursue careers with family-sustaining wages. Two Rural Long-Term Care Providers Team Up for Training with Job Skills Partnership Grant Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-180255 DEED has awarded Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical a $260,000 grant under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train 194 long-term care employees. Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical will collaborate with long-term care providers, Tweeten Lutheran Healthcare Center in Spring Grove and Harmony Community Healthcare in Harmony, to create a Long-Term Care Certification Program. DEED Names New Assistant Commissioner Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:10:44 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-180246 DEED has named Karen Francois to serve as assistant commissioner of the Office of Career and Business Opportunity. Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.7 Percent in March Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:29:45 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-180151 The Minnesota unemployment rate held steady at a seasonally adjusted 3.7 percent for the fifth consecutive month in March, according to figures released today by DEED. The U.S. unemployment rate in March was 5 percent. Wagner SprayTech Plans Otsego Distribution Center Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:13:21 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179671 Plymouth-based Wagner SprayTech announced plans today to build a $15 million distribution facility in Otsego. State Gains 9,000 Jobs in February Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:37:11 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179555 Minnesota employers added 9,000 jobs in February, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by DEED. Extended Benefits for Iron Range Workers to Start Tomorrow Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:32:15 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179624 Iron Range workers who have been laid off due to mine closures will start receiving extended unemployment benefits through the DEED Unemployment Insurance office beginning next week. State Job Vacancies Climb to 96,000 in Fourth Quarter Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:31:59 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179466 The Minnesota labor market remained tight in the fourth quarter of 2015, with state employers reporting more than 96,000 job vacancies, according to figures released today by DEED. Fourteen Training Projects Move Forward with Support from Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179443 DEED has awarded workforce development grants totaling $2,813,729 under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 2,878 current workers and new hires. The MJSP works strategically with businesses and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities and keep high-quality jobs in the state. DEED Supports Painter Apprenticeship Program for 40 Metro Area Apprentices Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179383 DEED has awarded a $49,570 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program to the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest to train 40 Minnesota workers on a new Blasting and Painting Virtual Learning process. The grant will fund entry-level training for employees of Swanson & Youngdale of Minneapolis and Rainbow, Inc. of New Hope. Still Deciding on College? DEED’s Updated Employment Tool Can Help Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:36:07 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179356 The state’s Graduate Employment Outcomes online tool (http://mn.gov/deed/geo) has been enhanced to display job and earnings of graduates by program at 141 higher education institutions in Minnesota. January Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.7 Percent Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:36:56 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179344 The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Minnesota held steady at 3.7 percent in January, according to figures released today by DEED. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in January. Cirrus Aircraft Corp. Expanding in Duluth Mon, 07 Mar 2016 12:09:42 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179309 Aircraft manufacturer Cirrus is building a $12.7 million painting and finishing facility that will bring 150 new jobs to Duluth. Company officials plan to build the 68,000-square-foot facility in the Duluth Airport Industrial Park, near the company’s existing operations. Minnesota Among 10 States Selected for SNAP Jobs Project Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:12:54 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179281 Minnesota is one of 10 states that will take part in SNAP to Skills, a first-of-its-kind national effort to help states design improved employment and training programs for adults participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Minnesota Exports at $20 Billion in 2015 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:52:18 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179280 Minnesota companies exported $20 billion worth of manufactured, agricultural and mining products in 2015, according to figures released today by DEED. Calyxt Building Headquarters in Roseville Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:38:09 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179147 Agricultural biotech firm Calyxt Inc. has been approved for a $477,000 grant from the Job Creation Fund for a new headquarters and research facility in Roseville. DEED Certifies Site in North Branch as Shovel Ready Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:30:21 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179190 Interstate Business Park in North Branch has been certified for the Shovel Ready Program by DEED. The 250-acre site is located about 40 miles north of St. Paul, just off Interstate 35 at 400th Street and Fletcher Avenue. DEED Supports Customized Wellness Training for Essentia Health Employees in Duluth Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:45:46 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179125 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a $145,320 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program to the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) to develop wellness and resiliency training for employees of Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth. The grant will fund advanced training for over 4,000 employees. DEED Awards Housing Grants to Duluth and Perham Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:18:54 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-179041 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded $1.62 million in Workforce Housing Development Program grants to the cities of Duluth and Perham to develop housing for local employees. Sil-Pro Plans Expansion in Delano Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:32:53 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-178434 Contract medical device manufacturer Sil-Pro LLC is planning an $11 million expansion of its corporate campus in Delano. DEED Seeks Employer Input on Diversity Management Practices Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:30:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-178433 DEED will survey over 3,000 employers statewide to understand how Minnesota businesses are addressing workforce diversity, then create resources for businesses to increase the diversity of their workforce. Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Supports Training for 560 Workers in Cloquet Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-178061 DEED awarded a $350,000 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to develop an in-house training system for employees of Sappi Fine Paper in Cloquet. The three-year project will support entry-level and advanced training for 560 employees at the paper mill. Cottage Grove Site Certified Shovel Ready Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:27:41 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-178057 An industrial park in Cottage Grove has been certified for the Shovel Ready Program by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). New Job Placement Funding Announced for Minnesotans with Mental Illness Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:39:32 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-178021 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded grants totaling $475,000 for services that will help people with mental illnesses return to work. State Gains 9,100 Jobs in December Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:33:12 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-177753 Minnesota employers added 9,100 jobs in December, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by DEED. The state unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.5 percent in December from a revised rate of 3.6 percent in November. The U.S. unemployment rate in December was 5 percent. Entrepreneur Credits Trade Missions for Advancing Albertville Project Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:08:33 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-177738 A partner in the $115 million Mall of Entertainment project in Albertville says relationships that he built on three Minnesota trade missions were instrumental in helping to make the project a reality. Training Addresses Consortium’s Need for Skilled Manufacturing Workers Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-177529 A metro-area manufacturing consortium that wants to upgrade the technical skills of its workers will benefit from a $446,090 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant awarded to Hennepin Technical College. The grant will train 84 new and current manufacturing employees, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. ‘A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota’ Now Available Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-177501 The 2016 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is now available from the Small Business Assistance Office at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in St. Paul. The popular guide, which is now in its 34th edition and free of charge, provides a concise summary of the major issues faced by anyone starting a business in Minnesota. State Manufacturers Expect Stable Conditions in 2016 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:05:32 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-177347 Most Minnesota manufacturers expect business conditions to remain stable or improve in 2016, according to a joint survey released today by DEED and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. DEED Awards $6.2 Million for Assessment and Cleanup of 14 Redevelopment Projects Statewide Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-177247 Redevelopment projects that will create or retain 2,322 jobs have been approved for investigation and cleanup funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. DEED awarded $6.2 million from its Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program for 14 projects in the state. Nominations Sought for International Trade Awards Thu, 07 Jan 2016 10:09:27 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-177116 The Minnesota Trade Office is accepting nominations for the 30th annual Governor’s International Trade Awards, which honor Minnesota companies that have excelled in the international marketplace. Takeda Pharmaceutical Acquires Brooklyn Park Facility Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:22:56 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-177005 Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and among the industry leaders, announced today that it has acquired a biologics manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park. Job Skills Partnership to Create Customized Training for International Paper Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-176672 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded Century College a $346,717 grant under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train 297 International Paper employees. Employers Add 7,200 Jobs in November Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:35:21 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-176556 Minnesota employers added 7,200 jobs in November, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by DEED. DEED Seeks Grant Proposals for Job-Training Programs Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:34:58 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-176554 DEED is requesting proposals for programs and services to train low-income Minnesotans who face barriers to employment. DEED will award $2.57 million in grants from the Pathways to Prosperity Program to help service providers develop and implement programs that focus on career pathway programs, job placement and job readiness skills. Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Grant Supports Customized Skills Training for Dynamic Group Workforce Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-176014 DEED has awarded Anoka Ramsey Community College a $249,970 grant under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train the Dynamic Group workforce. Four tracks of training will be offered to the entire workforce. Abdallah Candies Planning $12.2 Million Expansion in Apple Valley Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:54:43 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-175853 Abdallah Candies, a fourth-generation, family-owned gourmet candy maker in Burnsville, announced plans today for a $12.2 million expansion in Apple Valley. State Seeking Assistant Commissioner of Career and Business Opportunity Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:13:29 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-175790 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is now seeking applicants for the newly-created Assistant Commissioner of Career and Business Opportunity position. The new Office of Career and Business Opportunity was created by Governor Dayton to provide the focus and leadership necessary to help workers and businesses of color find career paths and business opportunities in Minnesota. Governor Dayton Breaks Ground on New Employment, Education and Healthy Living Center in North Minneapolis Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:07:30 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-175718 Gov. Mark Dayton joined officials on Tuesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of 800 West Broadway, a new employment, education and healthy living center in north Minneapolis. Minnesota Exports at $5 Billion in Third Quarter Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:14:18 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-175523 Minnesota exporters sold $5 billion worth of agricultural, mining and manufactured products in the third quarter, a decline of 10 percent from the same period a year ago, according to figures released today by DEED. Angel Tax Credit Program Fully Distributed for 2015 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-175471 The Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Program has fully distributed all $16 million in tax credits that were available to angel fund investors in 2015, according to DEED. In the 2015 program, 115 businesses certified received investments. Among those, 13 were minority-owned, 10 were women-owned, and 13 were headquartered in Greater Minnesota. Minnesota Awards $11 Million for Broadband Projects Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:29:43 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-175352 Lt. Governor Tina Smith and DEED today announced that $11 million in grants have been awarded for projects to expand broadband access in 15 Greater Minnesota communities. Lt. Governor Smith made the announcement at the Blandin Foundation’s “Border to Border Broadband: Better Together” Conference. Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:43:03 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-175200 The Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted 3.7 percent, according to figures released today by DEED. The U.S. unemployment rate in October was 5 percent. Low Income Worker Training Program Grant Covers Health Care Training Costs for Northwest Minnesotans Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-175007 DEED awarded Optivation, a joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, a $164,302 grant under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train 48 lower-income individuals. This Low Income Worker Training Program grant covers the cost of training ‘training-ready’ individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. Precision Agriculture Training for Titan Employees Supported by Job Skills Partnership Grant Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:00:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-174699 DEED has awarded Northland Community and Technical College a $293,378 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant to train 75 employees of Titan Machinery. This training project focuses on employees in northwest Minnesota: Roseau, Crookston, Winger, Ada, Moorhead and Thief River Falls. Minnesota’s Angel Tax Credit Program Opens Latest Round of Funding for Businesses Owned by Women or Minorities or Based in Greater Minnesota Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:24:38 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-174517 The Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Program, which has attracted over $300 million for hundreds of high-tech startups in Minnesota since 2010, has begun accepting certification applications for 2016. Job Skills Partnership Grant Funds Customized Training for Health Care Employees Tue, 20 Oct 2015 13:46:37 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-173798 DEED has awarded Rochester Community and Technical College a $303,537 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant to train 289 health care employees of Comfort Health, Rochester; Spring Valley Senior Living, Spring Valley; and Pine Haven, Pine Island. Three Minnesota Companies Announce Expansions Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:55:56 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-173583 Three Minnesota companies have been approved for grants from the Job Creation Fund for expansion projects that will create 45 jobs. The companies are Alexandria Extrusion Co. in Alexandria, Anderson-Crane Co. in Litchfield and P&F Machining Inc. in Otsego. Altogether, the three companies will spend $12.1 million on the expansions. Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.8 Percent in September Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:11:55 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-173509 The Minnesota unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent, according to figures released today by DEED. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in September. Over 1,300 Low Income Workers to Receive Training Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:35:40 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-173082 DEED awarded 21 grants totaling $2,670,588 under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 1,333 lower-income individuals. DEED Awards Grants to Assist Emerging Businesses Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-172796 DEED has awarded two-year grants totaling $2.7 million to 11 nonprofit organizations that provide services and technical assistance to emerging businesses and entrepreneurs in Minnesota. DEED Accepting Applications for Job Training Program Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:49:31 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-172275 New or expanding businesses in Greater Minnesota can apply for grants through the Job Training Incentive Program administered by DEED. Broadband Applications Increase in Latest Funding Round Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:08:29 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-172098 DEED has closed the application process for $10.58 million in funding that is available to build out broadband infrastructure in Greater Minnesota. Grants Awarded to Programs that Serve People Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or DeafBlind Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:28:10 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-171826 Two Twin Cities programs that serve people who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind have each received $500,000 grants from DEED. Employers Add 7,300 Jobs in August Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:46:26 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-171742 Minnesota employers added 7,300 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by DEED. The state unemployment rate held steady in August at a seasonally adjusted 4 percent, compared with a U.S. unemployment rate of 5.1 percent. DEED Launching Workforce Housing Program Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:06:58 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-171584 DEED will begin accepting applications on Nov. 2 for grants awarded by the Workforce Housing Development Program. State Commissioners Hit the Road to Cut Red Tape Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:57:51 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-171293 Today kicks off a three-day “Commissioners on Wheels” tour in which the leaders of nine state agencies will visit seven cities and towns in northern Minnesota and talk directly with business owners about how to make doing business in Minnesota easier. Tour stops include Warroad, International Falls, Bemidji, Bena, Cohasset, Carlton and Duluth. Minnesota Trade Office Awarded Over $500K for Export Promotion Program Tue, 08 Sep 2015 01:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-171216 The Minnesota Trade Office has been awarded $564,132 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to fund the Minnesota STEP program (State Trade and Export Promotion). Job Vacancies Rise to 98,000 in Second Quarter Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:36:45 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-171045 Job vacancies in Minnesota climbed to 98,000 in the second quarter of 2015, a 15.7 percent increase from the same period a year ago, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Job Creation Fund Completes Original Funding Round Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:22:34 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-171015 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has allocated all $24 million that was approved in the 2013 legislative session for the Job Creation Fund. Four Companies Expanding With Help from Job Creation Fund Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:18:15 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-170876 Four Minnesota companies have plans to expand with $2.37 million in assistance from the Job Creation Fund. The projects in Minneapolis, Windom, Wyoming and Mendota Heights will create 525 new jobs and will invest over $16 million in the expansions. State Exports at $5.2 Billion in Second Quarter Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:04:02 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-170792 Minnesota businesses exported $5.2 billion worth of agricultural, mining and manufactured products in the second quarter, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Job Skills Partnership Grant Helps Train Patient Advocates Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-170725 DEED has awarded Optivation-Northwest Technical College a $46,393 MJSP grant to train 10 employees of Northern Dental Access Center, Community Resource Connections and Sanford Health Legal Services of NW MN. Lifecore Biomedical Expanding in Chaska Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:46:20 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-170644 Biomaterials manufacturing firm Lifecore Biomedical will invest $18 million and create 68 jobs in an expansion of its facilities in Chaska. State Loses 3,900 Jobs in July Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:48:21 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-170246 Minnesota employers eliminated 3,900 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by DEED. The unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent to 4 percent. Unemployment Insurance Program Marks 80th Anniversary Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:49:55 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-170036 The federal Unemployment Insurance Program, part of the Social Security Act that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law on Aug. 14, 1935, is celebrating its 80th anniversary today. Job Skills Partnership Grants Seek to Support Workforce Needs of Manufacturers in Mankato Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:30:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-169725 DEED has awarded South Central College two Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grants totaling $69,542 to address regional workforce training needs. DEED Allocates $12 Million in Angel Tax Credits Thu, 06 Aug 2015 09:06:11 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-169589 The Angel Tax Credit Program has allocated $12 million in tax credits for investments in more than 80 Minnesota startup companies so far this year, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Sportech Planning $6.5 Million Expansion in Elk River Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:15:22 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-169099 Sportech Inc. will increase its workforce by 43 employees and invest $6.5 million in an expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Elk River. Governor Appoints Members to Broadband Task Force Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:40:48 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-168292 Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed seven new members and reappointed eight current members to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, whose mission includes promoting the expansion of broadband in Greater Minnesota. Minnesota Adds 2,900 Jobs in June Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-167622 Minnesota gained 2,900 jobs in June – a welcome reversal after employers cut 200 jobs in May. The state’s unemployment rate was up 0.1 percent in June to 3.9 percent, according to figures released today by DEED. New Job Skills Partnership Grants Fund 12 Training Partnerships Statewide Thu, 09 Jul 2015 03:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-167184 DEED has awarded workforce development grants totaling $2,106,110 under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train 2,155 current workers and new hires. Governor Dayton Proclaims July ‘Hire a Veteran Month’ Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:09:04 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-167083 Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation declaring the month of July to be “Hire a Veteran Month” in Minnesota. Employers are encouraged to help connect military service members with employment opportunities during the month of July – and to continue hiring veterans throughout the year. DEED Awards $3.57 Million for Redevelopment Projects Wed, 08 Jul 2015 13:04:49 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-167063 Redevelopment projects that will create or retain 464 jobs have been approved for cleanup funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED Awards $6.36 Million for Youth Employment Programs Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:20:39 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-166804 DEED awarded $6.36 million to 22 groups that offer programs to help young people gain work skills and job experience. The grants were awarded through the agency’s Office of Youth Development, which provides youth employment, training, and education programs and services. Business Services Firms Remain Optimistic on Economy Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:36:13 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-166631 Minnesota business services firms have a positive outlook about the economy, with 88 percent saying they expect revenue to climb or remain stable in the coming year. The results were a slight improvement from 2014, when 87 percent of the respondents said they expected revenue to climb or remain stable. DEED Awarded $5.75 Million Grant to Expand Job Training Initiative Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:14:56 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-166190 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) was awarded a $5.75 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to help fund job training in high-growth sectors, including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care, information technology and transportation. State Labor Markets Hold Steady in May Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:31:31 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-166003 The Minnesota unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent in May to 3.8 percent and employers cut 200 jobs, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by DEED. Mendell, Inc Expanding in Lakeville Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:41:46 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-165945 Mendell, Inc. announced plans today to expand its operations in Lakeville and add 25 full-time jobs. The company said it will spend $2.36 million to renovate an existing facility at 21463 Grenada Ave. and build an 18,700-square-foot addition. The new jobs, which the company plans to add within three years, will pay an average wage of $24.67 an hour. Grant Supports Training for Felling Trailers Workforce Wed, 17 Jun 2015 02:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-165939 DEED has awarded Alexandria Technical and Community College a $242,819 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program grant to train the entire workforce of Felling Trailers, Inc. Small Businesses Entering Global Markets with Export Program Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:22:45 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-165870 Fifty small businesses in Minnesota have been approved for more than $309,000 in funding under a state program designed to help them increase sales in foreign markets. Caterpillar Paving Products Expanding in Brooklyn Park Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:45:56 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-165710 Caterpillar Paving Products will add 31 production jobs and invest $3 million to expand and update its manufacturing facilities in Brooklyn Park. Caterpillar Paving Products, part of the Diversified Products Division of Peoria, Ill., based Caterpillar Inc., makes paving machines used in road and highway construction. Dubow Textile Inc. Expanding in St. Cloud Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:43:21 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-163752 Dubow Textile Inc. is expanding its workforce by 20 employees and building a 21,000-square-foot addition at its operations in St. Cloud. The company is investing $1.5 million to expand and modify its current facility at 455 Lincoln Ave. NE. Minnesota Companies Honored for Work in Exporting and Attracting Foreign Investment Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:49:21 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-163731 ST. PAUL – Five Minnesota companies that have built successful global markets will be honored as winners of the 2014 Governor’s International Trade Awards during an award ceremony at the James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul. The companies were selected for developing and continuing to grow a significant part of their business in foreign markets, for increasing or maintaining jobs in Minnesota to support international sales, and for developing novel approaches for competing globally. DEED Unveils Career Profile Tool Wed, 03 Jun 2015 09:13:58 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-163032 Career Profile, a new data tool that helps students and job seekers learn about wages, educational requirements, job opening projections and other details related to hundreds of occupations, was unveiled today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). State Exports at $4.9 Billion in First Quarter Fri, 29 May 2015 12:45:58 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-163347 Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products were valued at $4.9 billion in the first quarter of 2015, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Blattner Energy Expanding Headquarters in Avon Thu, 28 May 2015 09:51:44 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-163203 Power generation contractor Blattner Energy Inc. is investing $6.2 million to expand and renovate its headquarters in Avon and will create 12 new jobs at the site. Minnesota DEED Supports Business Growth in Shoreview Wed, 27 May 2015 14:01:50 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-163120 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced new business growth is coming to Shoreview, with funding support provided by the Minnesota Job Creation Fund. Ally Financial Inc., a leading financial services company, is consolidating its Twin Cities operations in Shoreview, moving 150 jobs there from Roseville and Bloomington, and adding 250 new jobs within two years. State Adds 7,400 Jobs in April Thu, 21 May 2015 12:55:21 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-162642 – Minnesota employers added 7,400 jobs in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Inter-Faith Care Center Employees Receive Training Focusing on Resident Centered Care Thu, 14 May 2015 14:30:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-162301 DEED has awarded Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College a $171,805 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program grant to train 150 employees of Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. Arctic Cat Planning $27 Million Investment in Minnesota Operations Wed, 13 May 2015 09:01:29 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-162212 Arctic Cat Inc. today announced that it plans to invest nearly $27 million in its manufacturing facilities in Thief River Falls and St. Cloud, Minnesota, which is expected to result in the creation of approximately 50 jobs. DEED Awards $17.6 Million for Rehabilitation Projects Mon, 11 May 2015 13:26:30 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-162077 Thirty-seven Minnesota communities were awarded $17.6 million by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to help pay for building rehabilitation and infrastructure projects.