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Minnesota announces new plan to prevent and end homelessness

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM
Categories: Health, Economy, Education

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Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius with Jackson Elementary School students

Despite Minnesota’s growing economy, homelessness remains a major problem across our state. Studies estimate that on any given night more than 10,000 Minnesotans are homeless – more than half of them children. However, Minnesota has a new plan to change that. Yesterday, state officials joined Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges at Jackson Elementary School in Saint Paul to announce Minnesota’s new Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
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Canadian Company Chooses Minnesota for U.S. Headquarters

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Categories: Economy, Technology, Jobs

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Governor Mark Dayton and Bruce Dovey, Price Industries, senior vice president


Brutal winters, bird-sized mosquitoes, and a love of hockey. Minnesota and Manitoba have more than a few things in common. And shortly, we will share one more: Price Industries. Today, the company announced plans to build a new design center in Maple Grove, Minnesota. The design center expected to open in 2014 will employ 40 people. In addition to housing research and development operations, the new facility will serve as the Winnipeg-based company’s U.S. headquarters.

Governor Mark Dayton worked closely with Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development and Price Industries to make this project happen.


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Accelerating Growth at Minnesota Manufacturers

Posted on November 01, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Categories: Jobs, Economy

Harmony Enterprise Manufacturing
Photo Content: Flickr User recycleharmony; Smart Pack Trash Compactor

Floe International Inc., a dock and boatlift manufacturer in McGregor, MN, was hit hard by the recession. After watching revenue drop to half its typical amount, the company turned to Enterprise MN – a business consulting non-profit – for help. Floe used Enterprise MN’s Growth Acceleration Program (GAP) to provide funding for 20 of the company’s 70 employees to receive special training that transformed the entire company.

Now Floe’s revenue per employee has more than doubled. Sales in 2012 hit an all-time high, which allowed Floe to build a 40,000 square foot addition. Floe International President Don VanderMey believes this GAP-funded training will continue to inspire the company’s growth.

This legislative session, Governor Mark Dayton worked with legislators to promote job growth and invest in small businesses located in Minnesota. They provided $750,000 for the Growth Acceleration Program. This grant will allow Enterprise MN to continue helping Minnesota manufacturing companies grow.

Since it was created in 2008, the Growth Acceleration Program at Enterprise MN has helped over 245 Minnesota manufacturing companies invest in their organizations. GAP is a matching grant that enables small manufacturing companies to access business improvement services. GAP provides up to $1 of state money for every $3 a company invests. The initiative has helped these companies create or retain 1,700 jobs.

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College and Career Readiness

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Education, Jobs, Economy

Photo Content: Flickr User J. Stephen Conn
Photo Content: Flickr User J. Stephen Conn; Minnesota State University, Moorhead

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce found that 70 percent of all jobs in Minnesota will require at least some postsecondary education by 2018. To meet those growing demand for an educated workforce, Governor Mark Dayton and the DFL Legislature enacted real reforms to ensure Minnesota kids are prepared for the good jobs of tomorrow.

To build a world-class workforce, they invested in initiatives proven to make a big impact like early-childhood education and all-day, every-day kindergarten. Investments like these will help close Minnesota’s achievement and improve our economy for years to come.

Critically, the Governor and legislature also worked to reform testing. Minnesota will replacing the GRAD test with a new test that is similar to the ACT, which will do a better job of indicating whether our students are prepared for college or careers.

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Worthington to Host 2014 Pheasant Opener

Posted on October 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Categories: Economy, Sports, Outdoors, Jobs

On Lake Okabena in Worthington

Move over turkeys.  Come next fall, pheasants will get top billing in the City of Worthington. The Minnesota community known for its annual King Turkey Day will be making room for visiting pheasant hunters.  

Governor Mark Dayton announced Worthington as the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Host City, during this year’s opener banquet in Madelia. Hunters who attend the 2014 Pheasant Opener will have the opportunity to enjoy more than 4,800 acres of public hunting land in the Worthington-area.

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Minnesota Eighth on Forbes List of Best States for Business

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Categories: Jobs, Commerce, Economy

Minnesota ranked eighth in the “Forbes 2013 List of the Best States for Business,” jumping 12 spots from a year earlier on the strength of an improving economy, according to the publication.
 
Minnesota’s overall 2013 ranking was the biggest improvement of any state in the eighth-annual study, which looks at six key metrics: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.
 
Virginia ranked No. 1 in the study, followed by North Dakota, Utah, North Carolina, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas.

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Picture this: Hundreds of new jobs coming to Shakopee

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM
Categories: Jobs, Economy

Governor Dayton, Shutterfly executives, and local officials break ground in Shakopee for a new 217,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility that will bring hundreds of new jobs to Minnesota

Governor Dayton, Shutterfly executives, and local officials break ground in Shakopee for a new 217,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility that will bring hundreds of new jobs to Minnesota

At a groundbreaking ceremony today, Governor Mark Dayton, Mayor Brad Tabke, other state and local officials, and executives of Shutterfly, Inc. got a picture of what a new 217,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility will look like in Shakopee. The company, based in San Francisco, is expanding its operations to include a manufacturing facility in Minnesota, creating hundreds of new full- and part-time jobs in the state.
 
"Shutterfly's expansion will bring hundreds of new jobs to Shakopee and Minnesota,” said Governor Dayton, who met with Shutterfly executives earlier this summer in San Francisco. “Great credit goes to the City of Shakopee, Scott County, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and Greater MSP for this tremendous achievement."
 
The move was aided in part by a loan of up to $1 million from the Minnesota Investment Fund – an incentive tool, which helps the State of Minnesota compete successfully for businesses and the jobs that come with it.
 
"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Shutterfly to Minnesota,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Shutterfly ranked ninth in Forbes' fastest growing companies in 2013 and is also ranked as one of the best places to work. Minnesota has the talented and productive workforce to help fuel Shutterfly’s rapid growth."


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Worldwide Equipment Leader Toro Announces Expansion in Bloomington

Posted on September 09, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Economy, Jobs

Governor Dayton joins Toro leaders at their Bloomington Expansion

Governor Dayton and DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben join Toro leaders at their Bloomington, MN Expansion

Minnesota companies are shifting into expansion mode. In the latest example, Toro Co. broke ground today on a 75,000-square-foot expansion project that will bring 50 new corporate jobs and retain nearly 900 jobs at the company’s headquarters in Bloomington.

“Toro is a longtime Minnesota manufacturer that has been operating in the state for 99 years,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “We’re grateful that the company chose Minnesota for latest expansion and congratulate their leadership and employees on all of their success.”

The company, which specializes in manufacturing lawnmowers, snow blowers, leaf blowers and other outdoor equipment, will add a three-story addition on the north side of its headquarters building at Lyndale Avenue South and 82nd Street West.

To assist in the expansion project DEED plans to award Toro a $750,000 forgivable loan from the Minnesota Investment Fund.

The project is the latest in a series of corporate expansions in Minnesota this year. Through the first two quarters, 80 businesses have announced expansion projects that will create more than 2,800 jobs in the state.


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A Great Place to Live

Posted on August 06, 2013 at 3:36 PM
Categories: Economy, Health

By almost any measure, Minnesota is a great place to live. We have it all: a growing economy, affordable living, top-notch health care, pristine lakes and forests, educated workers and a low crime rate.

In study after study, Minnesota consistently lands at the top of the heap when it comes to quality of life measures. The granddaddy of those studies, the Camelot Index, recently ranked Minnesota second in the country based on six factors: economic vitality, health, education, crime, society and government. Another study, the Opportunity Index, rated Minnesota third this spring behind Vermont and North Dakota, based on social and economic factors that contribute to opportunities for career and life success.

Underscoring the health of the economy, the state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, while per capita income grew to $46,227 last year – 11th best in the United States.

Want more evidence about the quality of life here? Minnesota was rated the third-happiest state in the country, according to a 2012 report by the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures physical health, emotional health, work environment and overall life satisfaction.

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New Grants Help Minnesota Livestock Producers

Posted on August 06, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Agriculture, Economy

Cows are a key component of Minnesota's agricultural production
Cows are a key component of Minnesota's $15 billion dollar agricultural production industry. Photo credit: Flickr user Jannes Pockele

Minnesota ranks fifth in agricultural production in the United States. The $15 billion dollar industry is vital to Minnesota’s economy. Agriculture also is a major area of international trade for Minnesota. In fact, our state exported $5.2 billion worth of agricultural commodities in 2011!

Governor Mark Dayton recognizes that our agriculture industry is critically important to growing Minnesota’s economy. To better support farmers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is providing $1 million to fund livestock production improvements.

The grants will make a big difference for livestock producers seeking to make farm improvements. These enhancements will help our farmers remain competitive and increase their production. Since the initiative began five years ago, it already has helped 179 Minnesota farmers make $55 million dollars in upgrades and improvements to their farms.


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