News Releases RSS | Department of Employment and Economic Development | State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed en-us State Gains 2,600 Jobs in March Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:28:09 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-126602 Minnesota employers added 2,600 jobs in March, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). State Officials Making Bonding Visit to Moorhead Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:38:18 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-126036 Commissioners from two Minnesota state agencies are in Moorhead today to show their support for $6.54 million in bonding that Gov. Mark Dayton is recommending for Minnesota State Community and Technical College. North Star Insurance Expands Cottonwood Headquarters Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:24:11 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-124818 North Star Mutual Insurance Company, headquartered in Cottonwood, Minn., is expanding due to an increase in services to markets throughout the Midwest. The company announced plans to invest $9.5 million and will create 12 new full-time permanent jobs. DC Group Expands in North Minneapolis Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:15:01 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-124573 DC Group, a Minnesota-based maintenance and repair services group, announced plans to expand its North Minneapolis facility and will create at least 33 full-time permanent jobs. The company’s expected private investment in the expansion is over $6.2 million. HexFuel Plans Manufacturing Facility in Hastings Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:24:09 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-124274 HexFuel, a Maplewood startup that makes technology that improves the performance of diesel engines, is planning a manufacturing facility in Hastings that will employ 150 people within three years and potentially 300 in five years. Employers Report 60,400 Vacancies in Fourth Quarter Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:06:43 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-122419 Minnesota employers reported nearly 60,400 job vacancies in the fourth quarter last year – the most job openings in the state during a fourth quarter in nine years, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). State Loses 100 Jobs in February Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:05:16 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-121853 Minnesota employers cut 100 jobs in February, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Pearson Candy Company Expanding in St. Paul Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:13:38 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-121655 Pearson Candy Co., which has been making candy in Minnesota for more than 100 years, is expanding its St. Paul operations in a move that will create at least 40 local jobs. DEED Hosts First Water Technology Summit Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:07:08 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-121560 Leaders from the water technology industry and other officials met in Eagan today for the state’s first Minnesota Water Technology Business Summit. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) hosted the event, which explored how Minnesota can address global water issues and showcase the state’s business strength in this sector. The summit was held at Ecolab’s Allan L. Schuman Campus in Eagan. DEED Awards First Job Creation Fund Projects Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:17:13 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-121349 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced the first projects awarded funding under the Minnesota Job Creation Fund, a new $24 million program approved by Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature last spring for economic development. Entries Being Accepted for 10th Annual Minnesota Cup Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:32:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-121265 Minnesota entrepreneurs and inventors are encouraged to submit their innovative business ideas for the Minnesota Cup contest beginning today. Participants in the 10th annual event will be competing for $300,000 in prize money in seven divisions. DEED Awards $1.4M for Redevelopment, Demolition Projects Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:56:49 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-121081 DEED awarded two redevelopment grants and two demolition loans for projects that are expected to create and retain 84 jobs, increase the tax base by more than $870,000 and result in commercial development. State Exports Climb 6 Percent in Fourth Quarter Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:02:27 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-119092 Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products grew to $5.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6 percent increase from the same period a year earlier, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED Partners with MnSCU to Expand Opportunities for Workers Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:36:56 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-118919 DEED awarded nearly $3.3 million in grants to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to train 4,294 current and new employees of 18 businesses. The grants were awarded under the agency’s Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program. State Employers Add 600 Jobs in January Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:48:15 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-118127 Minnesota employers added 600 jobs in January, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency also released revised figures that show the state gained 12,661 more jobs than originally reported over the previous 21 months. Minnesota Trade Office Names Director of Foreign Direct Investment Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:45:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-117501 A Minneapolis lawyer with experience as an international trade consultant has been named director of foreign direct investment at the Minnesota Trade Office (MTO), a new position that will oversee four foreign trade offices and spearhead efforts to attract more foreign direct investment to the state. Companies Announce 34 Expansion Projects in Fourth Quarter Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:52:52 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-116566 Companies announced 34 expansion projects in Minnesota in the 2013 fourth quarter with plans to create more than 1,100 jobs, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Altogether in 2013, 146 expansion projects were announced that will create 7,700 jobs statewide. Ice Castle Manufacturer Expanding in Pine River Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:53:07 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-116411 American Surplus and Manufacturing, a Montevideo company that specializes in making wheeled ice-fishing houses under the Ice Castle brand, is opening a manufacturing facility that will bring 20 jobs to Pine River. DEED Offers 12th Edition of Employment Law Guidebook Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:12:46 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-115445 The 12th edition of “An Employer’s Guide to Employment Law Issues in Minnesota” has been completed and is being offered to the public for free by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Angel Tax Credit Fuels Job Growth and New Investment to Minnesota Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:58:26 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-115111 The Angel Tax Credit leveraged over $107 million of private investment in Minnesota technology based startup companies and supported over 500 jobs from 2010 to 2012, according to an independent evaluation of the program by the Economic Development Research Group (EDRG). Minnesota Ranks Fourth in Gallup Job Creation Index Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:45:48 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-115028 ST. PAUL – Minnesota ranked fourth among states last year in employee perceptions of job creation at their workplaces, according to a new study released by the Gallup organization this week. Jack Link’s® Beef Jerky Expanding in Minneapolis Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:56:17 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-114483 Link Snacks Inc., a Minong, Wis., company that specializes in making and selling Jack Link’s® branded beef jerky and other meat snacks, is bringing 20 new, high-paying jobs to downtown Minneapolis. DEED Partners with Southeast Technical College to Develop Northern Engraving Employees Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:12:19 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-114193 DEED has awarded a $235,000 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant to Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical to train more than 200 employees of Northern Engraving in Spring Grove. DEED Awards Cleanup Funding for Redevelopment Projects Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:34:22 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-114098 Minnesota redevelopment projects that will create 520 jobs and retain another 6,150 jobs were awarded contamination cleanup or investigative funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Minnesota Job Skills Grant Funds Training for Alliance Machine Workforce Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:31:21 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-113774 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded a $49,475 grant under its Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to Anoka-Ramsey Community College to train 35 employees of Alliance Machine in Elk River. DEED Grant Aims to Assist Low Income Workers Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:42:37 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-113748 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded a $196,890 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Low Income Worker Training Program grant to Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis to start 60 lower-income individuals on a path to information technology careers. DEED Awards Three Grants to St. Cloud Technical and Community College to Match Skills with Business Needs Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:43:37 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-112993 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded three grants totaling $950,000 under its Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to St. Cloud Technical and Community College to train hundreds of employees from Talon Innovations, WFSI Inc. and New Flyer of America Inc. in St. Cloud. State Employers Add 9,500 Jobs in December Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:03:06 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-112053 ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in December, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The December job gains combined with November figures that were revised upward by 1,700 jobs bring total job growth in Minnesota to 45,900 in the past year, a growth rate of 1.7 percent compared with a national rate of 1.6 percent during that period. State Manufacturers Optimistic About 2014 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:44:03 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-108780 Minnesota manufacturers are optimistic about the industry in the coming year, with 91 percent saying they expect production and employment levels to increase or stay the same, according to a survey by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. State Exports at $5.2 Billion in Third Quarter Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:35:02 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-106521 Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products set a third-quarter record of $5.2 billion, climbing 0.8 percent from the same period a year earlier, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). State Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.6 Percent Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:44:48 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-104496 The Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.2 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted 4.6 percent, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Brazil and South Korea Chosen for Foreign Trade Offices Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:05:08 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-103152 The Minnesota Trade Office announced plans today to open foreign trade offices in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Seoul, South Korea, in 2014. DEED Awards 16 Grants Statewide to Give At-Risk Youth Work Experience Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:04:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-99673 Sixteen organizations throughout Minnesota that provide jobs and training experience to at-risk youth will receive more than $2.7 million in grants, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Governor’s Proclamation Honors Small Businesses Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:25:02 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-97029 Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday, Nov. 30, to be Small Business Saturday in Minnesota in recognition of the contributions that small businesses make to the state’s economy and communities. MacKenzie Named to Head State Broadband Office Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:34:03 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-96645 Gov. Mark Dayton named Danna MacKenzie executive director of the Office of Broadband Development, a new state entity that was created during the 2013 legislative session to direct broadband planning and policy statewide. Business Expansions Will Generate 5,600 Jobs in Minnesota Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:01:30 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-96623 According to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), 31 businesses announced expansion projects in Minnesota during the third quarter and plan to create an estimated 1,500 new jobs statewide in coming years. During the first three quarters of 2013, businesses announced 112 expansion projects statewide. Those expansion projects will create an estimated 5,600 new jobs in Minnesota over the next two years. State Employers Add 1,200 Jobs Over Past Two Months Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:25:21 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-95143 The Minnesota unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent in October, the same rate as when the recession started in December 2007, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED Partners with GE Capital Fleet Services to Host Career Event for Veterans Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:38:44 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-95069 GE Capital Fleet Services and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) hosted a special career development event on Tuesday to assist military veterans with resume preparation, job interview skills and career networking strategies. UI Tax Cut Will Save Minnesota Businesses $346.5 Million Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:55:43 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-94408 Minnesota businesses will save $346.5 million over two years starting in 2014, thanks to a cut in unemployment insurance taxes that was proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this year and approved by the Minnesota Legislature. DEED Awards Training Grants to Match Worker Skills with Business Needs Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:39:14 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-93544 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded more than $2 million in workforce development grants to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) institutions to provide customized training for employees of eleven businesses in the state. Olympus Building State-of-the-Art Facility in Brooklyn Park Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:39:38 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-92676 Olympus announced today that it is obtaining land and building a state-of-the-art research, development and manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park that will create 100 jobs in addition to 265 retained positions in the region. DEED Grant Aims to Increase Skills of Low Income Workers Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:39:46 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-92575 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded a $145,000 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Low Income Worker Training Program grant to Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners of Plymouth to train 144 lower-income residents of west Hennepin County communities. Minnesota Chosen for Program to Encourage Growth of Clean Energy Sector Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:14:14 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-92455 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. Career Fair Set for Nov. 5 in Rochester Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:57:10 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-92219 A career fair for people who want to learn about employment opportunities in the IT and high-tech fields will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Rochester Community and Technical College. Twin Cities Seventh in Economic Index Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:27:48 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-92344 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. DEED Commissioner Unveils Made in Minnesota Directory Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:29:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-91362 DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben unveiled the new Made in Minnesota Directory during a visit to VEE Corp. in Minneapolis. Week-Long Event Highlights Importance of State’s Manufacturing Sector Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:52:24 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-91097 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. DEED Awards Grants for Redevelopment Projects Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:34:41 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-90736 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. DEED Award to Help Restore Economic Vitality to St. Paul Site Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:18:19 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-90701 DEED awarded redevelopment grants for seven projects that are expected to create 244 jobs and retain another 800 jobs. One of those projects is the final phase of the Beacon Bluff Business Center in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul. Minneapolis-St. Paul Export Plan Wins Award Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:41:20 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-89600 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. Minnesota Eighth on Forbes List of Best States for Business Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:47:53 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-87134 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. Public Forum Set for Rochester Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:48:01 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-87132 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. State Gains 12,200 Jobs in August Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:21:24 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-87080 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). Career Fair to Connect Job Seekers with Employment Opportunities in Roseau Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:50:51 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-87052 Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with major employers in the local area at the Roseau County Job Fair on Thursday, Sept. 26. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is hosting the event that is free to the public. New Career Pathways Grants Expand Opportunities Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:03:44 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-83999 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded $1,475,000 to 17 adult career pathways projects in the state under the Minnesota FastTRAC initiative to help train and place 1,000 workers statewide. Workforce Grants Focus on Bridging Employment Gaps Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:30:33 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84021 Twenty-four Minnesota organizations have been awarded grants totaling $6.2 million from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to provide training and employment assistance to over 3,000 Minnesotans. DEED Names Director of Business Development Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:37:43 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84042 John Shoffner has been named director of business development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Job Vacancies Hit 12-Year High in Second Quarter Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:45:31 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84047 Job vacancies in Minnesota climbed to their highest level in 12 years in the second quarter, with employers reporting 72,570 openings, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED Awards Shovel Ready Certification to Three Cities Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:55:29 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84063 Business park developments in three Minnesota cities have been certified for the Shovel Ready Program by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) Office of Business Development (OBD). The certifications were awarded to the cities of Becker, Pine City and Stewartville. State Exports at 5.2 Billion in Second Quarter Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:03:16 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84065 Minnesota companies exported $5.2 billion worth of agricultural, mining and manufactured products in the second quarter of 2013, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Business Expansions Generate 1,500 Jobs in Second Quarter Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:12:32 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84069 Minnesota businesses announced plans in the second quarter to create nearly 1,500 jobs related to 38 expansion projects, according to a statewide study by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Combined with first quarter results, the state has seen a total of 80 business expansions in 2013. Sauk Rapids Welding Firm Creates High-Quality Jobs Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:16:45 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84076 Sauk Rapids welding company WFSI, Inc. announced its plans to expand its facility and add 32 new positions as a result of a $200,000 loan to increase its welding and manufacturing business, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). WFC Holds Open House Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:21:24 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84077 The Minnesota WorkForce Center (WFC) – Duluth is celebrating 15 years of service to the community at an open house at its new location on Tuesday, August 27. DEED Awards Funding to Assist Emerging Businesses Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:33:12 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84022 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded two-year grants totaling $2.8 million to 11 nonprofit groups that provide services and technical assistance to emerging businesses and entrepreneurs in Minnesota. State Adds 4,300 Jobs in July Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:30:14 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84019 Minnesota employers added 4,300 jobs in July, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Expert On-the-Job Workshop to be Offered in Fergus Falls Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:27:52 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84017 The state’s employment agency is bringing nationally renowned training to Minnesota businesses. State Unemployment Rate Dips to 5.2 Percent Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:21:52 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84014 The Minnesota unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 5.2 percent in June, reaching its lowest point since May 2008, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED Commissioner Opens Seventh Annual Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:19:03 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84012 Emphasizing the role the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) plays in helping veterans find employment in Minnesota, Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben welcomed Minnesota employers at the 7th annual Minnesota Veterans Career Fair in Brooklyn Center today. Valley Cartage Opens New Headquarters in Lake Elmo Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:16:18 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84009 DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben joined other state and local officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Lake Elmo today to celebrate the opening of a Valley Cartage Group Inc. headquarters and logistics center that will ultimately bring 96 jobs to the city. 2012 a Successful Year for Minnesota Small Businesses Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:14:59 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84004 Minnesota’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network is shaping the future of small business in Minnesota. The SBDC annual report for 2012 highlights that success. DEED Leads Cleanup of Six Contaminated Project Sites Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:24:28 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84015 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded grants totaling $2.9 million to investigate or clean up contamination on six sites in Mankato, Moorhead and Minneapolis. Minnesota Exports Post 10th Straight Quarter of Record Growth Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:13:57 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84013 Minnesota exports of agricultural, mining and manufactured products reached $4.9 billion in the first quarter of 2013, the state’s 10th consecutive quarter of record export growth, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). YouthBuild Grant of $768,000 Awarded to Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:08:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-83997 The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, in St. Paul, a $768,000 YouthBuild grant to support academic and occupational skill training for at-risk youth. $900,000 YouthBuild Grant Awarded to Tree Trust in St. Louis Park Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:04:45 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-83998 The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Tree Trust, in St. Louis Park, a $900,000 YouthBuild grant to support academic and occupational skill training for at-risk youth. YouthBuild Grant of $864,000 Awarded to Bemidji Action Programs Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:03:09 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-83995 The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Bi-County Community Action Programs Inc. of Bemidji an $864,000 YouthBuild grant to support academic and occupational skill training for at-risk youth. MnDOT and DEED Announce $15.7 million Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:30:22 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84020 The Minnesota Department of Transportation – in partnership with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) – has awarded $15.7 million in grants to five state trunk highway projects that will support growing industry and businesses, and improve the transportation network for all users. The funding was awarded under the Transportation Economic Development Program (TED). Survey: Business Services Firms Optimistic About Economy Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:37:34 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84039 Seventy-seven percent of Minnesota firms that specialize in business services are optimistic about the outlook for the state economy, saying they anticipate their sales revenue to grow or remain stable in the coming year, according to a survey by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED Reports 42 Business Expansions Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:41:44 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84046 Forty-two business expansion projects have been announced in the first quarter of 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) quarterly Business Expansion Report. Minnesota Adds 8,400 Jobs in May Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:46:02 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84050 Minnesota employers added 8,400 jobs in May, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). State Opening Foreign Trade Office in Germany Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:52:59 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84060 Minnesota officials announced today that the Dusseldorf-Cologne area of Germany will be the site of a European office to promote Minnesota exports and foreign direct investment in the state. State Economy Among Country's Fastest-Growing Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:55:55 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84062 Minnesota has one of the fastest-growing economies in the country, according to a study by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Minnesota and Sweden Sign Bioenergy Agreement Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:04:23 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84001 Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and a Swedish official signed a document today that pledges to continue working together on research, technology and public policy related to the field of bioenergy. DEED Awards 32 Small Cities Development Grants Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:20:49 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84016 Grants totaling $17.97 million were awarded to 32 communities in Greater Minnesota to help pay for rehabilitating housing and commercial structures and improving infrastructure. DEED Awards Training Grant for NewPage Duluth Mill Workforce Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:14:29 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84007 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a $91,768 grant under its Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 105 employees of the NewPage Duluth Mill. The latest grant will support advanced training at Lake Superior College for NewPage Duluth Mill employees from the company’s automation, mechanical, rover and leadership departments. Delegation Named for Trade Mission to Germany, Sweden and Norway Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:38:38 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84044 A delegation of 35 business executives, government officials and higher education leaders will accompany Gov. Mark Dayton on his trade mission to Germany, Sweden and Norway on June 12-21. Minnesota Radio Talking Book Hosts International Conference Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:32:06 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84024 Minnesota Radio Talking Book is hosting the 2013 annual conference of the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) in Minneapolis this week. DEED Spearheads "Business First Stop" Tour Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:45:53 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84057 DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben is leading eight Minnesota state agency leaders on a tour of four Minnesota businesses today to promote the Minnesota Business First Stop and gain feedback on how to make doing business in the state easier. Commissioners Address Housing Needs in Greater Minnesota Wed, 29 May 2013 14:56:08 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84064 DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben and Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal met with officials in Roseau today to discuss the Housing and Job Growth Initiative, which makes funding available for housing in support of economic development in job-growth areas across the state. DEED Commissioner Talks Exports in Duluth Fri, 17 May 2013 15:05:18 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84066 DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben joined Duluth Mayor Don Ness and other local officials today to emphasize the importance of exports in Minnesota, particularly in Duluth, where many of the state's exports are shipped through the Port of Duluth-Superior to international markets. State Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.3 Percent Thu, 16 May 2013 15:10:57 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84070 The Minnesota unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 5.3 percent in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Minnesota Exports Set Second Straight Annual Record Wed, 08 May 2013 14:19:36 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84011 Minnesota exports of agricultural, mining and manufactured products set a record for the second consecutive year in 2012, climbing 1.2 percent to $20.6 billion, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED Debuts New Blog for Minnesota Small Businesses Wed, 01 May 2013 14:18:31 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84010 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) launched a new blog today aimed at providing practical guidance for aspiring entrepreneurs and new business owners in Minnesota. State Jobless Rate Falls to 5.4 Percent Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:17:06 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-84008 The Minnesota unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted 5.4 percent, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).