Annual Program Summaries

Annual Program Summaries provide brief descriptions and outcomes/outputs of DEED programs; pass-throughs are not included. These summaries are primarily for legislators and their staff, and they are updated yearly for a new legislative session (currently, the 2014 Legislative Session).

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  • Border Cities Enterprise Zone Program

    Border Cities Enterprise Zone Program

    Purpose
    This program provides business tax credits to qualifying businesses that are the source of investment, development, and job creation or retention in the Border Cities Enterprise Zone cities of Breckenridge, Dilworth, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, and Ortonville.

    Customers and Services
    Tax credits (property tax credits, debt financing credit on new construction, sales tax credit on construction equipment and materials, and new or existing employee credits) are allocated by the State of Minnesota to Enterprise Zone cities to grant to businesses existing in or locating to their city. Cities participating in this program may elect to use some of their available tax credits as an incentive for investing in innovative businesses under the SEED Capital Investment Credit Program; there has been no activity to date in that program.

    Measures - Reporting period is calendar year (CY), January 1 - December 31*

     

    CY 2010

    CY 2011

    CY 2012

    Number of jobs created

    18

    145

    99

    Number of jobs retained

    3,000

    3,075

    2,641

    Number of businesses assisted

    170

    34

    136

    *Local Enterprise Zone coordinators report to DEED annually in April for the preceding calendar year.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    There was an allocation of $102,559 in tax credits in CY 2012.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 469.166

    Contact Information
    Bob Isaacson, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7458 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Broadband Development

    Broadband Development

    Purpose
    The office, a partnership between DEED and the Department of Commerce, directs statewide broadband development policy and planning. In close collaboration with a diverse group of public and private partners, the office drives job creation; promotes innovation; and improves broadband deployment and adoption in underserved communities.

    Customers and Services
    As the central broadband planning body for the state of Minnesota, the office provides consultation services to local units of government in connection with the planning, acquisition, improvement, construction, and development of broadband deployment projects. It also coordinates the state’s broadband infrastructure development program and implements the statewide plan to encourage cost-effective broadband access.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30
    The office was created as of July 1, 2013. Reportable measures will be available for SFY 2014.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $250,000 from the General Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.39

    Contact Information
    Danna MacKenzie, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7611 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; Fax: 651.296.5287; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Business Development Competitive Grant Program

    Business Development Competitive Grant Program

    Purpose
    The program provides business development assistance and services through grant recipients that are awarded funds through a competitive selection process.

    Customers and Services
    Funding is available only to non-profit organizations. The types of business development include, but are not limited to, biosciences, minorities, women, rural areas, entrepreneurs, and inventors.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2013

    Number of entrepreneurs/businesses served

    Not yet available. * 

    Number of jobs created

    Not yet available. *

    Average wage of jobs created

    Not yet available. *

    Amount of business development capital leveraged

    Not yet available. *

    Number of individuals provided with employment-related services

    Not yet available. *

    * The first program funds were awarded as of July 1, 2012.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $1.096M, with $757,000 from the General Fund and $339,000 from the Workforce Development Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- 2011 Session Laws, Ch. 4, Art. 1, Sec. 3, Subd. 2(i)

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7528 or toll-free: 866.213.1422; TTY: 800.657.3973

    This information is current as of December 2013.

  • Business Enterprises Program for the Blind

    Business Enterprises Program for the Blind

    Purpose
    This program provides appropriate training and support to assist Minnesotans who are legally blind to become self-employed in their own vending businesses.

    Customers and Services
    The program provides profitable vending machine business opportunities to qualified licensed legally blind Minnesotans in order to broaden their economic opportunities. Training, certification, technical support and management services are provided to these self-employed vending business owners.

    Qualified individuals must work with a State Services for the Blind (SSB) counselor, meet the requirements of a comprehensive evaluation process, and complete extensive training to be certified to operate a Business Enterprises for the Blind (BEP) vending business. This program has exclusive authority to establish vending businesses on State of Minnesota property.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Businesses

    44

    42

    42

    New vendors trained

    0

    1

    0

    Sales volume

    $7.4M

    $7.1M

    $6.9M

    Vendors average net profit

    $37,626

    $38,776

    $37,348

    Net profit increase

    -1%

    3%

    -3%

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding total was $995,000, with $394,000 from federal funds, $107,000 from the state’s General Fund, and $494,000 from the Special Revenue Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 248; Minn. Rules, Chap. 3321; U.S. Code, Title 20, Sec..107 et. seq.; U.S. Code, Title 29, Sec. 701 et. seq.

    Contact Information
    John Hulet, Supervisor
    Phone: 651.642.0789 or toll-free: 800.652.9000; Fax: 651.649.5927; TTY: 888.665.3276

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Business Services Representatives

    Business Services Representatives

    Purpose
    Business Services Representatives (BSRs) help employers recruit qualified job seekers through hiring, recruitment, and retention services; and populate state and federal labor exchange databases with job opportunities so they are viewable to the general public.

    Customers and Services
    BSRs are available statewide at no cost to employers. Employers are connected to hiring resources such as online job banks and talent communities, career fairs skills assessments, tax credits, and labor market information. BSRs can provide customized recruitment and retention strategies and help make connections to training providers. Business retention and layoff aversion services are also provided to businesses, in coordination with the Dislocated Worker Rapid Response team. Referrals to local, regional, and national resources are provided to address additional business needs.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of employer consultations

    7,530

    5,634*

    6,529

    *The July 2011 state shutdown and subsequent retirements resulted in fewer business services visits.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    No direct allocation. This is funded by Wagner Peyser, which already is reported on the Job Service summary.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Wagner-Peyser Act as amended by Public Law 97-300; U.S. Code, Title 29, Chap. 4B

    Contact Information
    David Niermann, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7583; Fax: 651.215.3842; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Capital Access Program

    Capital Access Program

    Purpose
    This program is part of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). It encourages banks, credit unions, and community development finance institutions operating in Minnesota to make loans that fall just outside the lenders’ normal underwriting standards. 

    Customers and Services
    Eligible applicants are for-profit Minnesota businesses that have up to 500 employees company-wide. A loan amount of up to $5 million may be used for start-up costs; working capital; business acquisitions and expansions; franchise financing; equipment loans; inventory financing; construction; and commercial, non-passive, real estate acquisitions.

    Lender and borrower contribute, in equal parts, a combined 3- to 7-percent of the loan amount to the reserve fund. DEED matches the combined contribution amount. Each qualified program lender has authority to determine interest rates, terms, and collateral requirements. Participating lenders accept applications on a rolling basis and use their own underwriting standards and loan processes. DEED provides its contribution when a lender submits a loan enrollment form and notifies the state that it has approved a loan and deposited funds into its reserve account.

    Measures - Reporting period is calendar year (CY), January 1 - December 31

     

    CY 2012*

    CY 2013

    Number of businesses assisted

    18

    24

    SSBCI funds contributed

    $205,880

    $82,701

    Amount of leverage dollars achieved

    $16.87M

    $2.73M

    *The program began during CY 2012.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    Funding for all the SSBCI programs was a combined $15M in federal funds. Funding amounts for the individual programs shift, depending on demand.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Public Law 111-240, Title III

    Contact Information
    Bob Isaacson, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7458 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; Fax: 651.296.5287; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • CareerOneStop

    CareerOneStop

    Purpose
    This program operates the national career information website, CareerOneStop.org, which is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Education and Training Administration (DOLETA). It provides electronic career, employment, and education data and tools for career-seekers and businesses across the nation.

    Customers and Services
    The program offers information, job listings, and interactive tools for job seekers, students, and career planners, as well as services for business and economic developers. Site users can learn about job openings; available careers, including alternative careers they may be qualified for; the fastest growing or highest paying occupations; education and training opportunities; local and national wage/salary comparisons; and job preparation and job search tools, such as writing resumes and finding job openings. The program also produces, at DOLETA request, specialty websites such as mySkills myFuture, Disaster Recovery Services, ReEmployment, Veterans ReEmployment (for returning veterans), and the Business Center, which provides tools and information to help businesses with hiring decisions and other employment questions.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of website page views

    262.1M

    268.2M

    240.4M

    Number of website visits

    17.9M

    18.2M

    22.1M

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $6.7M from federal funds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Wagner-Peyser Act as amended by Public Law 97-300; U.S. Code, Title 29, Chap. 4B; Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.401

    Contact Information
    Tom Norman, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7653; Fax: 651.296.3488; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Communication Center for the Blind

    Communication Center for the Blind

    Purpose
    The Communication Center serves as a public library for Minnesotans who are blind or have visual or physical impairments. Through transcription and reading services, customers have access to the same print media as sighted Minnesotans.

    Customers and Services
    The Communication Center provides audio, print, and digital communication through state staff and 690+ volunteers. It lends transcribed textbooks and leisure-reading books; lends and repairs special radio receivers, flash and cassette players; and transcribes vocational and informational materials for individuals, businesses, and organizations. The Center broadcasts a 24-hour radio reading service through a closed-circuit radio network and provides two 24-hour audio newspaper-reading services accessed via phone: Dial-In News and the National Federation of the Blind-Newsline for the Blind®.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Braille pages provided

    899,388

    756,000*

    941,180

    Radio Talking Book receivers in use

    5,816

    5,044

    1,986

    Customers accessing audio services equipment

    12,345

    15,545

    24,596

    *Reduction is primarily due to the program no longer producing standardized test materials for K-12 students.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $3.356M, with $520,000 from federal funds, $2.32M from the state’s General Fund, $249,000 from the Special Revenue Fund, and $267,000 from the Gift Fund.

    Statutory Authority 
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 248; Minn. Rules, Chap. 3325; U.S. Code, Title 2, Chap. 5

    Contact Information
    Carol Pankow, Acting Director
    Phone: 651.642.0399 or toll-free: 800.652.9000; Fax: 651.649.5927; TTY: 888.665.3276

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program

    Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program

    Purpose
    This program assists development authorities with contamination investigations and development of Response Action Plans (RAPs, which identify how development authorities intend to cleanup sites) or with contamination cleanup prescribed in a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)-approved RAP on a site that will be redeveloped.

    Customers and Services
    Cities, port authorities, housing and redevelopment authorities, economic development authorities, or counties are eligible. Both publicly and privately owned sites with known or suspected soil or groundwater contamination qualify for this program. Grants are awarded to sites where there is a planned redevelopment project. Cleanup grant applicants must have an MPCA-approved RAP. Both grant applications require a 25 percent local match, participation in the Metropolitan Council's Local Housing Incentives Programs for Twin Cities metro-area applicants, and the serious expectation that the site will be redeveloped.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Dollars awarded

    $8.5M

    $9.1M

    $7.78M

    Number of acres redeveloped

    120

    53.5

    84

    Number of jobs created

    1,279

    560

    1,208

    Number of jobs retained

    1,580

    272

    383

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $7.4M from the Petroleum Tank Release Cleanup Fund, the Contamination Tax Fund, the General Fund, and the Remediation Fund.

    Statutory Authority 
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.553

    Contact Information
    Meredith Udoibok, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7454 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Disability Determination Services Program

    Disability Determination Services Program

    Purpose
    This program, in accordance with federal law and regulations, determines if Minnesota applicants meet federal criteria for disability cash benefits under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income programs.

    Customers and Services
    Primary customers are the approximately 60,000 Minnesota residents, on a yearly basis, who file applications for disability benefits or are reviewed for continuing eligibility for payments. Applicants with disabilities who may benefit from rehabilitation services are also referred to the Department of Health's Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs Program.

    Measures - Reporting period is federal fiscal year (FFY), October 1 - September 30*

     

    FFY 2011

    FFY 2012

    FFY 2013

    New determinations reviewed

    59,266

    59,938

    55,834

    Days in decision-making

    72

    78.6

    87.3

    Accuracy of decisions

    94.9%

    95.5%

    98.3%

    Continuing disability workload completion

    103%

    109%

    101%

    *Measures are reported through SSA’s management information system, which operates on FFYs. 

    Funding Source and Allocation
    FFY 2013 funding was $22.65M from federal funds.

    Statutory Authority 
    -- Social Security Act; U.S. Code, Title 42, Chap. 421

    Contact Information
    Tanya Heitzinger, Public Relations Officer
    Phone: 651.259.7778; Fax: 651.259.7884; TTY: 651.297.4045

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Dislocated Worker Program

    Dislocated Worker Program

    Purpose
    This program mitigates the negative impact to businesses, communities, and employees who are facing a lay-off. It assists laid-off workers in returning to work with comparable wages and benefits and connects employers with skilled staff.

    Customers and Services
    This program serves laid-off workers and employers. The Rapid Response team is the first responder when a business has closed down and/or is planning to lay off workers. The team is trained to assess the situation and inform the affected workers of the available services. Participants enrolled in the program can access career planning and counseling; job search and placement services; short-term training upon counselor approval; and support services for expenses such as family care and transportation upon counselor approval. Veterans and their spouses receive priority in the scope of the services for which they qualify.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Total workers served during the year

    25,104

    19,741

    17,329

    Workers exiting the program during the year

    10,947

    8,979

    7,828

    Percentage entering employment after exit

    89.4%

    83.7%

    84.5%

    Percentage retaining employment six months after exit

    93.4%

    92.6%

    92.5%

    Percentage of employed earning a credential 
    (diploma or certificate)

    70.9%

    67.4%

    68.5%

    Average earnings (expressed as a 2-quarter wage)
    [Statewide standard for SFY 2013 was $20,000.]

    $21,348

    $20,890

    $20,338

    Customer satisfaction index rating (scale 1-100)

    74.4

    76.8

    77.0

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $41.324M, with $12.016M from federal funds, $26.011M from the Workforce Development Fund, and $3.303M from National Emergency Grants.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Public Law 105-220; Minn. Stat., Chap. 116L.17

    Contact Information
    Anthony Alongi, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7528 or toll-free: 866.213.1422; TTY: 800.657.3973

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Displaced Homemaker Program

    Displaced Homemaker Program

    Purpose
    This program provides pre-employment services that empower participants to enter or re-enter the labor market after having been homemakers.

    Customers and Services 
    Customers are women and men who have worked in the home for a minimum of two years caring for home and family but, due to separation, divorce, death, or disability of spouse or partner, or other loss of financial support, must support themselves and their families. Eligibility is based on income guidelines.

    Six vendors provide program services to 51+ counties. Workshops, support groups and networking, one-to-one personal or vocational counseling, job-seeking and job-keeping methods, leadership development, decision-making skills development, and assistance with developing an action plan are among the resources used to help participants build confidence, identify skills, and seek training or employment. Other services may include referral for remedial education, child care, legal assistance, transportation, work-tool expenses, and other support services. Funding for these services is from fees on marriage license applications and divorce filings.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of individuals who received services

    1,088

    1,051

    1,063

    Percentage of customers who gain employment

    30%

    35%

    34%

    Percentage of customers who gain other positive goals, including higher education

    85%

    93%

    92.5%

    Average hourly wage of newly employed customer

    $10.45

    $10.94

    $11.62

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $1.240M from the state’s Special Revenue Fund.

    Statutory Authority 
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116L.96

    Contact Information 
    Tom Norman, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7653 or toll-free: 866.213.1422; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Emerging Entrepreneurs Fund

    Emerging Entrepreneurs Fund

    Purpose
    This program is part of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). It supports micro-enterprises and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, targeting minority- and women-owned businesses and those located in economically distressed areas.  

    Customers and Services
    Eligible applicants are businesses that have up to 500 employees company-wide. However, the funding is focused on micro-enterprises and businesses with fewer than 50 employees. The majority of the businesses receiving financial support through this program are owned and operated by a woman or a minority or will be located in areas identified by DEED as distressed. Distressed areas are measured by population loss, a higher than statewide average unemployment rate, and a lower than statewide average median household income.

    Funds may be used for start-up costs, working capital, business procurement; franchise fees; equipment; and inventory; as well as the purchase, construction renovation, or tenant improvements of an eligible place of business that is not for passive real estate investment. Program funds may total up to $150,000 per loan and must be matched on at least a one-to-one basis.

    Measures - Reporting period is calendar year (CY), January 1 - December 31

     

    CY 2012*

    CY 2013

    Number of businesses assisted

    28

    35

    SSBCI funds contributed

    $1.13M

    $2.05M

    Amount of leverage dollars achieved

    $13.1M

    $19.23M

    *The program began during CY 2012.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    Funding for all the SSBCI programs was a combined $15M in federal funds. Funding amounts for the individual programs shift depending on demand.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Public Law 111-240, Title III

    Contact Information
    Bob Isaacson, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7458 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; Fax: 651.296.5287; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Extended Employment Program

    Extended Employment Program

    Purpose 
    This programs provide ongoing employment support services to Minnesotans with significant disabilities to maintain and advance in their employment.

    Customers and Services 
    The programs contract with 32 state-certified community rehabilitation programs (CRPs) that provide the ongoing supports to meet the needs of people with disabilities who want to work and employers who need qualified employees.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Extended Employment Program

    Number of customers employed (100% are employed)

     5,106

    4,969

    4,984

    Total number of hours worked

     3,996,135

    3,998,808

    3,981,640

    Total wages earned

     $25.8M

    $26.3M

    $26.9M

    Individual Placement and Supports Program

    Number of customers employed

     575

    577

    614

    Number of customers served

    1,166

    1,128

    1,136

    Total number of hours worked

     255,142

    260,494

    275,248

    Total wages earned

     $2.5M

    $2.6M

    $2.7M

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding for Extended Employment was $5.7M from the state’s General Fund and $6.8M from the Workforce Development Fund; and funding for the Individual Placement and Supports Program was $2.1M from the General Fund.

    Statutory Authority 
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 268A.13 et. seq.

    Contact Information 
    Kim Peck, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7345; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Foreign Labor Certification Program

    Foreign Labor Certification Program

    Purpose
    This program permits U.S. employers to hire foreign workers on a temporary or permanent basis to fill jobs essential to the U.S. economy. It is designed to ensure that the admission of foreign workers into the U.S. will not adversely affect the job opportunities, wages, and working conditions of U.S. workers.

    Customers and Services
    Primary customers are Minnesota agricultural employers interested in hiring temporary foreign workers under the H-2A agricultural occupation visa program. The program permits the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue temporary labor certifications when there are insufficient qualified U.S. workers available and willing to perform the agricultural work at wages that meet or exceed the prevailing wage paid for that occupation in the area of intended employment. DEED, acting as a DOL agent, conducts inspections of employer-provided, no-cost worker housing; enters employer job orders to recruit workers and refers qualified applicants; and conducts prevailing wage and prevailing practice surveys for various agricultural occupations.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Prevailing wage determinations issued

    0

    6

    0

    H-2B applications received

    0

    2

    2

    H-2A housing inspections completed

    67

    50

    55

    H-2A job orders entered

    70

    65

    73

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $106,700 from federal funds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act; U.S. Code, Title 8, Chap. 12

    Contact Information
    Tom Norman, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7653; Fax: 651.297.7722; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Foreign-Trained Health Care Professionals Program

    Foreign-Trained Health Care Professionals Program

    Purpose
    This program provides funds to help foreign-trained health care professionals earn state licensure.

    Customers and Services
    Health care professionals include physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, mental health professionals, and other allied health care professionals. Eligible recipients must be in a medical specialty that is in high demand in one or more communities, commit to practicing in a designated rural area or an underserved urban community, and have language skills that provide an opportunity for needed health care access for underserved Minnesotans.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30
    This program launched in December 2013 and will conclude on June 30, 2015. Performance outcomes for  total individuals served, percentage completing training, percentage sitting for license exam, and percentage passing license exam  will be available thereafter.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $0.45M from the Workforce Development Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. 2013 Session Laws, Chap. 85, HF 729

    Contact Information
    Anthony Alongi, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7528 or toll-free: 866.213.1422; TTY: 800.657.3973

    This information is current as of December 2013.

  • Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant

    Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant

    Purpose
    This program stimulates new economic development and/or creates or retains jobs in Greater Minnesota through public infrastructure investments for industrial park development and/or business expansion that would not occur without public financial assistance.

    Customers and Services
    Cities receive grants of up to 50 percent of the capital costs of industrial park development or other projects that will keep and/or enhance jobs, increase a city's tax base, and expand or create new economic development. Eligible applicants are statutory or home rule cities outside the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Eligible projects are publicly owned infrastructures that may include wastewater collection and treatment, drinking water, storm sewers, utility extensions, and streets that support economic development projects. Projects include manufacturing, technology, warehousing and distribution, research and development, and agricultural processing.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    24

    18

    8

    Number of jobs created and retained*

    1,332

    721

    335

    Dollars funded

    $5M

    $4.8M

    $5.6M

    *In SFY 2011, this measure was changed from"number of jobs created."

    Funding Source and Allocation
    The program received no SFY 2013 funding.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.431

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Independent Living Program

    Independent Living Program 

    Purpose
    This program assists Minnesotans with disabilities to live with greater independence, contribute their talents and creativity, expand their options, and secure their basic rights in areas such as housing, transportation, education and employment.

    Customers and Services 
    Customers are persons with disabilities who request services to help them live independently in their communities. Services are funded through grants to the eight community-based, nonprofit Centers for Independent Living (CILs), which provide advocacy, independent living skills training, peer counseling, support groups, information and referral, transportation assistance, home and work modification, counseling, and many other services.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Total number of persons served

    7,423

    6,640

    6,962

    Total instances of service

    74,946

    67,050

    71,480

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $3.369M, with $1.108M from Title VII Federal Part C funds and $2.261M from the state’s General Fund.

    Statutory Authority 
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 268A.11; U.S. Code, Title 29, Chap. 16, Sect. 796 et seq.

    Contact Information 
    Kim Peck, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7345 or 800.328.9095; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Innovative Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program

    Innovative Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program

    Purpose
    This program helps keep and enhance jobs in an area, increase the tax base, and expand or create new economic development through the growth of new innovative businesses and organizations. 

    Customers and Services
    Grants are provided to local units of government, on an open competitive application basis, of up to 50 percent of the capital costs directly related to innovative businesses. Eligible projects are innovative business development capital improvement projects that may include manufacturing; technology; warehousing and distribution; research and development; innovative business incubator; agricultural bio-processing; and/or capital costs for industrial, office, or research park development that is bioscience-related.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    6

    5

    5

    Dollars funded

    $2.5M

    $3M

    $3.6M

    Number of jobs created & retained*

    78

    330

    1,234

    *In SFY 2011, this measure was changed from "number of jobs created."

    Funding Source and Allocation
    The program received no SFY 2013 funding.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.435

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Job Opportunity Building Zones

    Job Opportunity Building Zones

    Purpose
    The goal of this program is to stimulate economic development activity in rural areas of Minnesota by providing local and state tax exemptions to business expansions, start-ups, or relocations from other states. Ten Job Opportunity Building Zones (JOBZs) have been created throughout Greater Minnesota.

    Customers and Services
    Businesses who wish to expand in, or relocate into, Minnesota may be eligible for tax exemptions. Qualified businesses include business start-ups in the zone, business relocations from other states, and business relocations from Minnesota that meet program requirements. Businesses become qualified through the execution of business subsidy agreements, which specify performance requirements such as number of jobs to be created, wages and benefits paid, and capital investment. Businesses and local governments jointly apply to DEED for JOBZ designation.

    Measures - Reporting period is calendar year (CY), January 1 – December 31*

     

    CY 2011

    CY 2012

    CY 2013

    JOBZ deals completed

    2

    2

    2

    New jobs committed

    13

    16

    100

    Retained jobs

    15

    15

    0

    * CY data is presented to match the availability of tax benefits calculated on CY basis.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    CY 2011 is the most recent funding information available. In that year, firms received $40M in tax benefits ($14.5M in property tax exemptions and $26.0M in other tax benefits). Note: Annual tax benefit totals include local sales tax and apply to all JOBZ businesses that participate in the program since 2004.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 469.310 et. seq.

    Contact Information
    Bob Isaacson, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7458 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Job Service Program

    Job Service Program

    Purpose 
    This program functions as a labor exchange in offering employment opportunities on a no-fee basis to all Minnesotans and providing services to businesses.

    Customers and Services
    Customers are businesses and job seekers. Increased demand-driven business assistance includes building relationships with business decision-makers, assessing the needs of businesses, and facilitating a coordinated response with DEED staff and partners. The program also provides job preparation and placement assistance (including workshops on job-seeking skills, resume writing, interviewing, and Internet job-search) to job seekers at WorkForce Centers throughout Minnesota, with special efforts made to serve unemployment insurance applicants, veterans, migrant and seasonal farm workers, and new entrants in the labor market.

    Offered under the auspices of this program, MinnesotaWorks.net is an Internet-based labor exchange system linking job seekers and employers with the largest employment database in the state.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of job seekers registered and receiving a reportable service

    222,432

    240,535

    229,474

    Number of employer job openings listed

    416,327

    509,895

    549,624

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $11.867M from federal funds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Wagner-Peyser Act as amended by Public Law 97-300; U.S. Code, Title 29, Chap. 4B; Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.401

    Contact Information
    David Niermann, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7583; Fax: 651.296.3488; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Labor Market Information

    Labor Market Information 

    Purpose
    This program collects, analyzes, and disseminates key labor market indicators, information, and analysis on the economy, workforce, industry base, and job market in Minnesota to support informed decision-making.

    Customers and Services
    Customers include businesses, job seekers, students, economic developers, education and training planners, workforce development professionals, policymakers, government entities, media, and the general public.

    Data products include monthly employment and unemployment estimates; quarterly statistics on employment and wages by area and industry; occupational employment and wage estimates; job vacancy estimates; demographics of unemployment insurance claimants; employment projections by occupation and industry; business employment dynamics; and occupations in demand. All publicly releasable data are available on the DEED website for query and download, along with data tools and publications. Services include consultation, training seminars, public education, presentations and briefings.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of times LMI webpages viewed by users

    719,000

    585,800*

    500,821

    Survey response rates meet BLS requirements

    100%

    100%

    100%

    Completion of error checks and editing

    100%

    100%

    100%

    Timeliness in production of BLS data

    100%

    100%

    100%

    Requests handled by analysts and HelpLine

    1,506

    1,612

    2,200

    Customers served through presentations, 
    trainings, and briefings given

    8,710

    6,710**

    6,300

    *Decrease in numbers due to increased efficiency of website navigation.
    **The presentation team was cut in half due to layoffs (budget cuts) during SFY 2011. 

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $2.54M from federal funds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- U.S. Code, Title 29, Sec. 2

    Contact Information
    Steve Hine, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7396; Fax: 651.282.5429; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Adult Workforce Development Grant Program

    Minnesota Adult Workforce Development Grant Program

    Purpose
    This program provides employment and training assistance to adults to increase their employment retention, earnings, and occupational skill attainment.

    Customers and Services
    Authorized during the 2011 legislative session, this competitively awarded grant program seeks to serve individuals living with disabilities, individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, and individuals returning to work after receiving public assistance. Additionally, DEED provides suitable considerations for veterans, older workers, and individuals who identify with minority groups. Participating individuals are to obtain, retain, and advance in unsubsidized employment and/or complete training along an educational path, as demonstrated by annual wage increases, placement and retention in a job and or education/training program, and completion of training leading to an industry-recognized credential.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2013

    Total individuals served during the year

    1,612

    Percentage entering employment after exit

    Not yet available*

    Percentage retaining employment six months after exit

    Not yet available*

    Percentage earning a credential (diploma or certificate)

    Not yet available*

    Average earnings (expressed as a 2-quarter wage)

    Not yet available*

    *Due to the delay in official performance reporting, this data is not available until two complete quarters following the close of the program: January, 2014 for some grantees, April 2014 for others.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $2.598M with $1.809M from the Workforce Development Fund and $789,000 from the General Fund.

    Statutory Authority 
    --  2011 Session Laws, Ch. 4, Art. 1, Sec. 3, Subd. 3(m)

    Contact Information
    Anthony Alongi, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7528 or toll-free: 866.213.1422; TTY: 800.657.3973

    This information is current as of December 2013.
  • Minnesota Angel Loan Fund

    Minnesota Angel Loan Fund

    Purpose
    This program is part of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). It provides a new funding option for businesses certified to participate in Minnesota’s Angel Tax Credit Program. Program funds provide a direct loan for 10 percent of the total amount of equity investment received in the business’ approved funding round.

    Customers and Services
    Eligible applicants are businesses certified to participate in the Angel Tax Credit Program during any of the program years with fewer than 500 employees. Funds may be used for start-up costs, working capital, business acquisitions and expansions, franchise financing, equipment loans, inventory financing, and commercial, non-passive real estate acquisitions.

    Measures - Reporting period is calendar year (CY), January 1 - December 31

     

    CY 2013

    Number of businesses assisted

    0*

    SSBCI funds contributed

    No information available*

    Amount of leverage dollars achieved

    No information available*

    *The program began during CY 2013 and no funds were expended during that period.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    Funding for all the SSBCI programs was a combined $15M in federal funds. Funding amounts for the individual programs shift depending on demand.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Public Law 111-240, Title III

    Contact Information
    Bob Isaacson, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7458 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; Fax: 651.296.5287; TTY: 651.296.3900 

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Program

    Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Program 

    Purpose
    This program provides incentives for making equity investments in startup and emerging companies focused on high technology or new proprietary technology.

    Customers and Services
    Tax credits are provided to qualified investors. Eligible projects are small businesses engaged in—or committed to engage in—technological innovation in Minnesota.

    Measures - Reporting period is calendar year (CY), January 1 - December 31.* 

     

    CY 2011

    CY 2012

    CY 2013

    Number of businesses receiving investments

    113 

    117

    128

    Number of investors making investments

    563 

    465

    452

    Number of funds making investments

    21 

    17

    20

    Investment generated

    $63.2M 

    $46.2M

    $50.7M

    Dollars funded

    $15.8M 

    $11.4M

    $12.4M

    *As a tax credit program, it operates on a calendar year basis. 

    Funding Source and Allocation
    Funding for each each is $12M; unused tax credits rollover to the subsequent year.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.8737

    Contact Information
    Bob Isaacson, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7458 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Cleanup Revolving Loan Program

    Minnesota Cleanup Revolving Loan Program 

    Purpose
    This program was capitalized with funds granted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2003 to provide low-interest loan funds to clean contaminated sites and to provide greater opportunities to convert contaminated property into a marketable asset.

    Customers and Services
    Cities, counties, developers, sub-units of local governments—including economic development, housing redevelopment, and port authorities—and for-profit and non-profit organizations are eligible. Loans are targeted to economic development projects showing the greatest need, exhibiting long-term project viability, and demonstrating the capacity for repayment. Loan funds may be used to pay for any portion of costs for a project with an approved Response Action Plan (RAP) for the cleanup of soil and/or groundwater affected by the release of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants; and may pay for demolition of buildings if necessary to implement a RAP and cleanup-related site sampling and monitoring, and costs associated with meeting requirements for public participation in project review.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of loans

    1

    1

    0

    Number of jobs created

    0

    0

    0

    Number of jobs retained

    0

    0

    0

    Tax base increase

    0

    0

    0

    Dollars leveraged

    0

    0

    0

    Funding Source and Allocation
    This program did not receive a general fund appropriation during SFY 2013.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.551; Federal Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, Public Law 107-118

    Contact Information
    Meredith Udoibok, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7454 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota FastTRAC Program

    Minnesota FastTRAC Program

    Purpose 
    This program seeks to make Minnesota more competitive by meeting the common skills needs of businesses and individuals. 

    Customers and Services
    FastTRAC—which stands for training, resources, and credentialing—provides educationally underprepared adults with basic skills education and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in high demand by businesses. Classroom training allows students to learn foundational skills in the context of their career interests; and earn postsecondary credentials. Individuals are prepared to gain living-wage jobs with room for advancement. Local employers are provided with the skilled employees they need to grow their businesses.

    The program is based on an Adult Career Pathways model, which is a systems-change initiative with collaboration between a number of state, local, and national partners. Those partners align resources to creating meaningful long-term outcomes for adults and lasting efficiencies across state systems.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Customers served

    439

    681

    1,094

    Workforce Service Areas (WSAs) participating

    12

    12

    12

    Number of programs

    34

    32

    37

    Funding Source and Allocation
    There was no direct allocation for SFY 2013. Partners have contributed federal, state, and philanthropic funds for the year totaling $1.537M.

    Statutory Authority
    -- NA

    Contact Information
    Tom Norman, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7563 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Indian Business Loan Program

    Minnesota Indian Business Loan Program

    Purpose
    This program supports the development of Indian-owned and -operated businesses and promotes economic opportunities for Native American people throughout Minnesota.

    Customers and Services
    Eligible applicants must be enrolled members of a federally recognized Minnesota-based band or tribe. Each band or tribe is allocated funds from the Indian Business Loan Fund, based on the number of enrolled members. DEED administers the program and services the loans, while the appropriate tribal council approves loan applications.

    Businesses may be located anywhere in the state, although most of the loans are made to businesses on a reservation. Eligible projects include start-up and expansion costs, including normal expenses such as machinery and equipment, inventory and receivables, working capital, new construction, renovation, and site acquisition.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    0

    2

    2

    Loan amounts

    $0

    $38,200

    $424,000

    Funding Source and Allocation
    This program did not receive a general fund appropriation during SFY 2013. All loans are funded from a revolving loan fund which receives 20 percent of the state’s annual mineral severance tax collection.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.64

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; Fax: 651.296.5287; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Investment Fund

    Minnesota Investment Fund

    Purpose
    This program provides financing that creates and retains high-quality jobs, with a focus on industrial, manufacturing, and technology-related industries, to increase the local and state tax base and improve the economic vitality for all Minnesota citizens.

    Customers and Services
    Grants are awarded to local units of government who provide loans to assist new and expanding businesses. Cities, counties, townships, and recognized Indian tribal governments are eligible. Loans for land, buildings, infrastructure improvement, equipment, and renovation to support businesses located or intending to locate in Minnesota are eligible. The program focuses on industrial and technology-based firms. All projects must meet minimum criteria for private investment, number of jobs created or retained, and wages paid.

    The program has two separate activities funded by different sources. Ongoing loan repayments returned to DEED fund state-funded business loans. Federally funded loans are from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Because of more-restrictive federal fund use, not all projects or areas are eligible and program measures are viewed differently than for state-funded projects. 

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    State dollars awarded

    $2.0M

    $3.8M

    $4.4M

    Number of jobs created/retained with state dollars*

    234

    927

    826

    Federal dollars awarded

    $1.2M

    $1.2M

    $0.6M

    Number of jobs created/retained with federal dollars*

    245

    59

    28

    *May include jobs contractually agreed-upon by loan recipients.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $5.0M, with $0.6M from federal funds and $4.4M from state funds. The funding includes a $3M general fund appropriation from SFY 2010 and $1.4M from the revolving loan fund seeded by loan repayments.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.8731

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Job Creation Fund

    Minnesota Job Creation Fund

    Purpose
    The program provides targeted capital investment rebates and job creation awards on a project-by-project basis to approved businesses that are expanding in the state. 

    Customers and Services
    Eligible businesses include those engaged in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, information technology, finance, insurance, or professional or technical services. Other eligibility requirements for up to $1 million in rebates and awards include spending at least $500,000 in real property improvements (new, expanded, or remodeled facility) and creating 10 new full-time positions within one year following designation as a Job Creation Fund (JCF) business. Up to $2 million is available for eligible businesses creating 200 jobs and investing at least $25 million. Approved projects involving the retention of 200 jobs in the Twin Cities or 75 in Greater Minnesota along with $25 million in capital investment are eligible for up to $1 million in capital investment rebates. All rebates and awards are performance-based and are provided after the business achieves its capital investment and job creation goals. 

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30
    *The program began on January 1, 2014. Measures will be available in January 2015.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2014 funding is $12M from the General Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat. Chap. 116J.8748

    Contact Information
    Emily Johnson, Program Manager
    Phone: 651.259.7450 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; Fax: 651.296.5287; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program

    Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program 

    Purpose
    This program helps business and education develop cooperative training projects. The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Board awards grants to educational institutions that partner with businesses to develop new-job training or retraining for existing employees. Targeted MJSP funds are directed to the Low-Income Worker Training Program, which helps low-income individuals receive training to acquire higher-paying jobs and economic self-sufficiency.

    Customers and Services
    Accredited Minnesota public and/or private educational institutions are eligible, with preference given to nonprofit institutions serving economically disadvantaged people, minorities, or victims of economic dislocation; and to businesses located in rural areas. Funds may be used for training-related costs or educational infrastructure improvements necessary to support businesses located or intending to locate in Minnesota. Low-Income Worker Training Program customers are individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line; and Minnesota public, private, or nonprofit entities that provide employment services to low-income individuals.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Low-Income Worker Training grants/dollars awarded

    0

    0/0

    25/$2.6M

    Low-Income Worker Training workers trained

    0

    0

    1,485

    All other MJSP grants/dollars awarded

    38/$4.0M

    45/$5.7M

    30/$5.1M

    All other MJSP workers trained

    6,846

    6,643

    6,652

    Private dollars leveraged

    $8.4M

    $14.1M

    $13.8M

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $4.2M from the state’s General Fund and $1.2M that the MJSP Board transferred from the Workforce Development Fund for the low-income grants.

     Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116L.02-.16, .18

    Contact Information
    Paul D. Moe, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7522 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Minerals 21st Century Fund Program

    Minnesota Minerals 21st Century Fund Program 

    Purpose
    This program makes loans or equity investments in mineral processing facilities including, but not limited to, taconite processing, direct reduction processing, and steel production.

    Customers and Services
    Customers are businesses located in—or to be located in—Minnesota that assist in making Minnesota's mineral industry globally competitive.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Dollars awarded

    $1.5M

    $0

    $0

    Number of projects

    1

    0

    0

    Funding Source and Allocation
    All awards are funded from the 21st Century Revolving Fund. This program did not receive a general fund appropriation during SFY 2013.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.423

    Contact Information
    Bob Isaacson, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7458 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Reservist and Veteran Business Loan Program

    Minnesota Reservist and Veteran Business Loan Program

    Purpose
    This program provides loans to small businesses that suffer substantial economic injury because an essential employee has been called to service in the military reserves for 180 days or longer; and it also provides loans to recently separated veterans to start veteran-owned small businesses.

    Customers and Services
    For business economic injury loans, an eligible business must be a for-profit business that is not an affiliate or subsidiary of a business dominant in its field of operations and have either 20 or fewer full-time employees, or have had less than $1 million in annual gross revenue in the preceding fiscal year, or have had less than $2.5 million in annual gross revenue in the preceding fiscal year if the business is a technical or professional service. The business must be operating in Minnesota on the date that one or more essential employees received orders for active service of 180 days or more and be sustaining or likely to sustain suffering substantial economic injury. 

    For veteran start-up business loans, an eligible veteran must have been on active duty on or after 9/11/2001, have been honorably discharged after serving at least 181 consecutive days of service, and be starting a veteran-owned small business.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30


      

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of business economic injury loans

    3

    1

    0

    Number of veteran start-up business loans

    11

    2

    0

    Dollar amount of  loans made

     $277,000

    $60,000

    $0

    Funding Source and Allocation
    This program did not receive a general fund appropriation during SFY 2013. All loans are funded from a revolving loan fund.  

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.996

    Contact Information
    Bob Isaacson, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7458 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Trade Office

    Minnesota Trade Office 

    Purpose
    This program assists Minnesota companies in successfully competing in international markets.

    Customers and Services
    Primary customers are small and medium-sized manufacturers and service providers requiring export assistance. Services include counseling and technical assistance from international trade representatives who can guide companies through the challenges of conducting international business; promotional programs (trade missions and trade shows) to help companies explore market opportunities firsthand and meet potential buyers, distributors, and partners; education and training programs (seminars, workshops, and roundtables) designed to provide companies the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful exporters; and online market information and reference materials.

    There is a focused strategy and array of programs designed specifically to enhance the state's relationship with China. The program also works closely with the DEED library to maintain an extensive collection of market intelligence available to companies for market research. Minnesota companies can easily access services by calling the Trade Assistance Helpline.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 – June 30

     

    SFY 2011 

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Increase in export growth from previous year

    16.2%

    2.5%

    -0.6%

    Number of organizations receiving export assistance

    934

    1,045

    1,020

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $1.878M, with $1.527M from the state’s General Fund and $0.351M from the Special Revenue Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.966

    Contact Information
    Kathleen Motzenbecker, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7489 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; Fax: 651.296.3555; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Minnesota Youth Program

    Minnesota Youth Program 

    Purpose
    This program provides summer and year-round employment and training services to economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth, ages 14 to 21.

    Customers and Services
    Youth are provided an opportunity to earn a paycheck and gain work experience and work readiness skills; and their work benefits local communities through their accomplishments. They learn to apply skills and abilities learned in the classroom to real-work settings. Hands-on learning improves students’ grades, attendance and graduation rates. Youth can earn academic credit and/or service learning credit for participation.

    The program serves a high percentage of at-risk youth: 49 percent with disabilities, 43 percent on public assistance, and 20 percent system-involved youth (homeless, runaway, foster youth, and youth offenders).

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Total youth served

    3,774

    2,890

    3,388

    Attained work readiness or education goals

    80%

    82%

    90%

    Received academic or service learning credit

    30%

    51%

    46%

    Entered employment, post-secondary 
    education, apprenticeship, or military

    20%

    28%

    17%

    Customer satisfaction: youth rate experience 
    as excellent or very good

    90%

    91%

    92%

    Return on investment (ROI) for each state 
    dollar invested in program

    $7.25

    $4.72

    $4.80

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $3.5M from the state’s Workforce Development Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116L.561

    Contact Information
    Kay Tracy, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7555; Fax: 651.215.3842; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Redevelopment Grant Program

    Redevelopment Grant Program

    Purpose
    This program offers grants to assist development authorities with costs for redeveloping blighted industrial, residential, or commercial sites where the need to recycle the land for a more-productive use exists.

    Customers and Services
    Eligible applicants are development authorities, including cities, counties, port authorities, housing and redevelopment authorities, and economic development authorities. Grants can pay for land acquisition, demolition, infrastructure improvements, soil stabilization when infill is required, ponding or other environmental infrastructure, and adaptive reuse of buildings, including remedial activities at sites where a subsequent redevelopment will occur.

    Since 2007, priority funding has been given to eligible applications statewide at a 50/50 split between Greater Minnesota and the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. There are additional criteria for determining further priority.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Dollars awarded

    $3.3M

    $2.4M

    $3.97M

    Number of acres redeveloped

    64

    30

    60

    Number of jobs created

    218

    191

    1,054

    Number of jobs retained

    160

    186

    105

    Dollars leveraged

    $141M

    $172M

    $170M

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $6M from general fund proceeds.

     Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.571

    Contact Information
    Meredith Udoibok, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7454 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Senior Community Service Employment Program

    Senior Community Service Employment Program

    Purpose
    This program fosters economic self-sufficiency through community service activities for unemployed, low-income persons who are 55 years of age and older and have poor employment prospects.

    Customers and Services
    Customers are Minnesotans 55+ years-old, with an income of less than 125 percent of the federal poverty levels, who want/need additional income. Services include work in part-time jobs at senior citizen and day care centers, schools, and hospitals; fire-prevention programs; beautification, conservation, and restoration projects; and programs for people with disabilities. Annual physical examinations, personal and job-related counseling, job training if necessary, and in some cases, placement into regular unsubsidized jobs are included. Service providers include five Workforce Service Areas, five community action agencies, three counties, two national sponsors, and one Native American tribe. Program operations are subgranted to 15 local agencies that serve workers in 60 counties throughout the state; remaining counties are served by national sponsors. 

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number served

    514

    420

    358

    Percentage of older adult customers who enter unsubsidized employment (federal target = 52.6%)

    49.1%

    53.1%

    43.0%

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $2.107M from federal funds.  

    Statutory Authority
    -- Title V of the Federal Older Americans Act of 1965, Public Law 106-501 as amended by the Older Americans Act of 2000; U.S. Code, Chap. 42, Sec. 3001

    Contact Information
    Tom Norman, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7563; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Senior Services for the Blind

    Senior Services for the Blind

    Purpose
    This program assists Minnesotans who are blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind regain or maintain their personal independence, which refers to being self-sufficient in activities of daily living: independence in one's home, family, community, and world. These include functions such as personal care, meal preparation, leisure and recreation, money and household management, travel, literacy, and communication.

    Customers and Services
    Primary customers are persons age 55 and older who are blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind and are not seeking employment but want to maintain their personal independence. Services are provided by State Services for the Blind (SSB) staff who have skills in low vision assessment/services.

    Services, provided according to customer needs, include: informational services, consisting of information provided through the SSB website, telephone contacts, informational packets available at most community sites where seniors gather, and at community sessions conducted by SSB staff; staff-delivered services, consisting of assessment, recommendations, and training provided directly by SSB staff, and may include training in alternative techniques and the use of low-vision aids; and intensive services, consisting of more-extensive products and services provided by SSB staff in collaboration with external vendors.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Customers served

    3,119

    3,038

    2,958

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $2.104M, with $714,000 from federal funds and $1.49M from the state’s General Fund.

    Statutory Authority 
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 248; Minn. Rules, Chap. 3325; Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; U.S. Code, Title 29, Chap. 16

    Contact Information
    Ed Lecher, Director
    Phone: 651.642.8303 or toll-free: 800.652.9000; Fax: 651.649.5927; TTY: 888.665.3276

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Small Business Assistance

    Small Business Assistance

    Purpose
    This program, through the Small Business Assistance Office (SBAO), serves as a point of first and continuing contact for individuals and firms with questions about the start-up, operation or expansion of a business in Minnesota.

    Customers and Services
    The program provides publications, in collaboration with local law firms, on topics such as starting a business, the employer-employee relationship, Internet commerce, securities offerings, franchising, debt financing, and intellectual property protection to individuals and firms. Program staff provide counsel and direction in business structure, competitiveness, regulation, and taxation. Services are available free of cost to Minnesota businesses.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of customers contacting SBAO (total transactions)

    33,232

    38,800

    32,404

    Number of SBAO publications distributed digitally

    114,009

    134,007

    91,890*

    Number of SBAO print-publications distributed

    38,828

    40,008

    26,300*

    *The decline in the number of distributed publications in SFY 2013 was in part due to the delay in the availability of two key publications from the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the State of Minnesota.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $483,000 from the state’s General Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.68

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 800.310.8323; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Small Business Development Center Network

    Small Business Development Center Network

    Purpose
    This program facilitates the start-up, operation, and growth of businesses by serving as a first-point and continuing contact through one-on-one business counseling, group training, and assistance in securing capital to those that are interested in starting or expanding a small business in Minnesota.

    Customers and Services
    Services are available to Minnesota businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Counseling and training is provided on a wide variety of business issues such as business planning, marketing, financing, and general business operations. Services are provided through a network of nine Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) located on various college and university campuses and 25 additional outreach locations throughout the state. Counseling services are available at no cost to for-profit businesses that meet the U.S. Small Business Administration's definition of a small business. Per program regulations, SBDCs exist to assist for-profit businesses, but they do assist nonprofits and communities with economic development projects on a case-by-case basis.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of aspiring and existing businesses served

    3,004

    3,164

    3,121

    Number of professional consulting hours delivered

    32,098

    31,787

    32,127

    Percentage of customers who would recommend SBDCs to others

    90%

    93%

    94%

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $3.51M, with $1.708M from federal funds and $513,000 from the state’s General Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.68; U.S. Code, Title 15, Chap. 14A, Sec. 648

    Contact Information 
    Kevin McKinnon, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 877.653.8333; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Small Business Development Loan Program

    Small Business Development Loan Program

    Purpose
    This program provides loans that create jobs and expand businesses. The Minnesota Agricultural and Economic Development Board (MAEDB) makes small business direct loans and loans through the issuance of tax-exempt industrial development bonds backed by a state-funded reserve of 25 percent.

    Customers and Services
    Eligible applicants are generally manufacturing and industrial small businesses (less than 500 employees). New capital investment must result in a significant number of new jobs and other beneficial economic impacts. Eligible costs include acquisition of land, building, machinery and equipment; building construction and renovations; and certain development costs. Loans up to a maximum of $5 million may be made for any one business.

    Generally, 20 percent of the project costs must be privately financed through equity or other sources. MAEDB also issues conduit revenue bonds for "501 (C) (3)" nonprofit corporations. Eligible applicants should have more than one Minnesota location receiving bond proceeds to ensure MAEDB offers a cost-effective mechanism as issuer. These bonds are separate from the loan program and are not included in the table below.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    3*

    1

    1

    Loan amounts

    $475,000

    $1M

    $500,000

    Number of jobs created or retained

    1

    0

    28

    *Includes assistance for disaster recovery.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    This program did not receive a general fund appropriation during SFY 2013. All loans are funded from a revolving loan fund.  

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 41A.036

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

    Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

    Purpose
    This program is part of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which uses federal funding to stimulate private sector lending and improve access to capital for small businesses and manufacturers that are credit worthy but not getting loans they need to expand and create jobs.

    Customers and Services
    Eligible loan applicants are businesses with no more than 500 employees company-wide. Funds may be used for construction; remodeling or renovation; leasehold improvements; purchase of land, buildings, machinery, and equipment; maintenance or repair; expenses related to moving into or within Minnesota; and working capital (if secured by fixed assets). The program guarantees up to 70 percent of a loan made by non-traditional lenders like community development financial institutions (CDFI), certified development companies (CDC), and other nonprofit lenders to help increase small business access to credit.

    Measures - Reporting period is calendar year (CY), January 1 - December 31

     

    CY 2012*

    CY 2013

    Number of businesses assisted

    2

    6

    SSBCI funds contributed

    $434,000

    $787,122

    Amount of leverage dollars achieved

    $2.84M

    $20.37M

    *The program began during CY 2012.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    Funding for all the SSBCI programs was a combined $15M in federal funds. Funding amounts for the individual programs shift depending on demand.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Public Law 111-240, Title III

    Contact Information
    Bob Isaacson, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7458 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; Fax: 651.296.5287; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Small Cities Development Program

    Small Cities Development Program

    Purpose
    This program helps develop viable communities by providing financial assistance for safe and affordable housing, economic development, and public facility needs. The expanded economic opportunities that result principally benefit low- to moderate-income households.

    Customers and Services
    The program provides federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to local units of government on a competitive basis for a variety of community development projects. Eligible applicants include cities with a population of less than 50,000 and counties and townships with an unincorporated population of less than 200,000.

    Funded projects must, at a minimum, meet one of three federal objectives: benefit low- and moderate-income persons; prevent or eliminate slum and blight conditions; or alleviate urgent community development needs caused by existing conditions that pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and/or welfare of the community.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    52

    31

    32

    Dollars awarded

    $19.3M

    $16.9M

    $18M

    Communities served

    103

    53

    34

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was a total of $14.65M, with $14.3M from federal funds and $348,386 from the state’s General Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.980

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Tourism Business Septic Tank Replacement Program

    Tourism Business Septic Tank Replacement Program

    Purpose
    This program provides low-interest financing to existing tourism-related businesses providing overnight lodging that need to replace a failed septic system.

    Customers and Services
    Corporations, sole proprietorships, or partnerships engaged in an existing tourism-related business providing overnight lodging are eligible, including resorts, bed and breakfast inns, hotels, motels, ski lodges, campgrounds, and recreational vehicle trailer parks. Eligible projects are existing septic systems that have failed and need to be replaced. Participation loans in cooperation with financial institutions can be made for up to 50 percent of the total cost of a project.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of loans

    1

    1

    1

    Dollars awarded

    $27,500

    $65,000

    $65,000

    Funding Source and Allocation
    This program did not receive a general fund appropriation during SFY 2013. All loans are funded from the Clean Water Revolving Fund. 

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.617

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

    Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

    Purpose
    This program assists laid-off workers in returning to the workforce as quickly as possible by offering them help with work searches, relocation, job training, and weekly cash benefits. There are two major components, separately funded by the U.S. Department of Labor: Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), which are special extensions to unemployment insurance; and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) which includes reimbursement of training costs, job search allowances, relocation allowances, and similar costs.

    Customers and Services
    The program is available to workers who lose their jobs, hours, or income as a result of increased foreign trade activity. The U.S. Department of Labor must certify a petition for a given layoff site. Participants from certified sites are able to access TAA and/or TRA services. Related benefits include certification for the Health Coverage Tax Credit, which provides financial assistance for health insurance premium costs. Additionally, Reemployment Trade Adjustment is a wage supplement benefit available to eligible workers over 50 years old.

    Performance Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of requests for TRA benefits

    12,812

    15,194

    39,529

    Number of TRA benefit recipients

    695

    730

    1,168

    Number of workers enrolled in TAA training

    1,717

    1,481

    1,353

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $14.268M from federal funds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Federal Trade Act of 1974, Public Law 93-618, as amended; U.S. Code, Title 19

    Contact Information
    Anthony Alongi, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7528 or toll-free: 866.213.1422; TTY: 800.657.3973

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Transit Improvement Program

    Transit Improvement Program

    Purpose
    This program provides loans for projects that increase the effectiveness of transit by incorporating commercial, residential, or mixed-use development and provide for safe, pedestrian-friendly use. 

    Customers and Services
    Customers are local government authorities who are approved for designated Transit Improvement Area (TIA) loans. Designated TIAs are land parcels encompassing a 1/2 mile radius around bus rapid transit, light rail transit and commuter rail stations.

    There were no state funds available during the reporting period; however, DEED has recently made designations with the intention of leveraging applications for other sources of funding. DEED designated 53 station areas as TIAs.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30 

     

    SFY 2011*

    SFY 2012*

    SFY 2013*

    Number of projects

    0

    0

    0

    Dollars funded

    0

    0

    0

    *This program was not funded, so there were no measures or allocations to report. 

    Funding Source and Allocation
    There was no SFY 2013 funding.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 469.351

    Contact Information
    Meredith Udoibok, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7454 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Transportation Economic Development Program

    Transportation Economic Development Program

    Purpose
    This program assists communities with highway improvements and public infrastructure necessary for new and existing businesses to create jobs and increase the tax base.

    Customers and Services
    Cities, counties, and other local governmental units receive grants for up to 70 percent of project costs for highway improvements and other public infrastructure projects supporting the creation of new or expanding manufacturing, technology, warehousing and distribution, research and development, agricultural processing, bioscience, and other innovative businesses. 

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011*

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

     10

     14

    5

    Dollars awarded

     $33.3M

     $25.5M

    $15.7M

    *This program was signed into law during the 2010 legislative session. 

    Funding Source and Allocation
    All SFY 2013 funding was from Minnesota Department of Transportation trunk highway funds. There were no DEED-direct funds or general obligation bonds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.431; Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.435

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 800-657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Unemployment Insurance Program

    Unemployment Insurance Program

    Purpose
    This program provides a temporary, partial wage replacement to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. It is a stabilizer during economic downturns and helps maintain an available, skilled workforce. Workers may be paid up to 50 percent of their average weekly wage, subject to a state maximum (currently $629) for up to 26 weeks. Since 2008 there have been several federal and state programs that extend or supplement regular unemployment benefits; most of these programs expired after a phase-out period. The final federal extension, Emergency Unemployment Compensation, is scheduled to end on December 28, 2013, with no phase-out period. All of these programs phased out over the course of 2013. In 2013, $1.05 billion in unemployment benefits (including extended benefits) were paid to 201,133 Minnesotans.

    Customers and Services
    Primary customers are the applicants who apply for benefits and employers who are subject to the unemployment insurance (UI) law. The program determines applicant eligibility for benefits, makes weekly benefit payments to eligible applicants, and—for applicants not attached to previous employment—makes referrals to WorkForce Centers for job-seeking assistance, job training, or other help. The program determines if employers are subject to the law, collects revenues, audits employer and applicant accounts to ensure proper payments are made, and provides impartial due process hearings for applicants and employers who appeal initial decisions. The UI system is based on an insurance model, with employers' premiums (tax rates) based on their experience with the system; those with more layoffs have a higher tax rate.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Timely first payments of benefits

    90.7%

    97%

    91.7%

    Appeal decisions made (from hearing to decision) within 30 days

    88.2%

    87.3%

    90.1%

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $54.743M from federal funds. Benefit payments are excluded.

    Statutory Authority
    -- U.S. Code, Title 42, Chap. 7; U.S. Code, Title 26, Chap. 23; Minn. Stat., Chap. 268

    Contact Information
    Rick Caligiuri
    , Director
    Phone: 651.259.7533; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Urban Initiative Loan Program

    Urban Initiative Loan Program 

    Purpose
    This program primarily assists minority-owned and -operated businesses and others that will create jobs in low-income areas of the Twin Cities.

    Customers and Services
    Eligible applicants are minority-owned and other businesses creating jobs for low-income people in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Columbia Heights, Coates, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Lauderdale, Lexington, Mendota, Miesville, New Germany, New Brighton, New Hope, Newport, Richfield, Spring Lake Park, South St. Paul, and West St. Paul. 

    DEED has entered into partnerships with several local nonprofit organizations, which then provide loans (with final authorization by DEED's commissioner) and technical assistance to start-up and expanding businesses. Projects must demonstrate potential to create jobs for low-income people; be unable to obtain sufficient capital from traditional private lenders; and demonstrate the potential to succeed. Start-up and expansion costs, including normal expenses such as machinery and equipment, inventory and receivables, working capital, new construction, renovation, and site acquisition are eligible projects.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    33

    23

    20

    Loan amounts

    $1.4M

    $460,070

    $579,770

    Funding Source and Allocation
    This program did not receive a general fund appropriation during SFY 2013. All loans are funded from a revolving loan fund.  

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116M.15

    Contact Information
    Kevin McKinnon, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7440 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; Fax: 651.296.5287; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Veterans Program

    Veterans Program

    Purpose
    The program provides employment and training services from specially trained staff to U.S. military veterans.

    Customers and Services 
    Primary customers are Minnesota veterans—including the MN National Guard and Reserves—who meet the state-statute-definition of an “eligible veteran.” Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) staff and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) located at WorkForce Centers throughout the state provide job-readiness assessment, preparation, and placement assistance. Services are also provided to transitioning service members (released from active duty in the last 36 months). In addition, LVER staff reach out to businesses to develop job opportunities for veterans; and continue to play an instrumental role in Minnesota's "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" National Guard Reintegration Program, providing one-to-one counseling and support to soldiers returning from overseas deployment so they have the tools and resources to successfully return to family, work, and community.

    Note: In 2008, PL107-288 changed the focus and scope of the program’s services to cover only those veterans with a barrier to employment, transitioning service members, or those veterans enrolled in the Veterans Administration’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. All WorkForce Centers and partners provide priority of service to all veterans. This law change has allowed DVOP and LVER staff to concentrate on veterans needing more extensive help and resources and to provide intensive job placement services.   

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number receiving a reportable service from DVOP and LVER staff

    3,438

    3,332

    6,674*

    Percentage who gain new employment after receiving services

    54%

    55.6%

    55%

    *The SFY 2011 and 2012 measure reflects veterans receiving intensive services only, while SFY 2013 reflects ALL reportable services.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $2.737M from federal funds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- The Workforce Investment Act of 1998; the Jobs for Veterans Act; U.S. Code, Title 38; Minn. Stat., Chap. 116J.401

    Contact Information
    Jim Finley, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7557; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Program

    Vocational Rehabilitation Program

    Purpose
    This program assists Minnesotans with significant disabilities to secure and maintain employment.

    Customers and Services
    Customers are people whose disabilities cause serious functional limitations in life, specifically in achieving an employment goal. Over 300 vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors, placement counselors, and VR techs work within the Minnesota WorkForce Center System to deliver services that include assessment, vocational evaluation, training, rehabilitation counseling, assistive technology, and job placement. Some customers may also receive post-employment assistance. Many of these services are delivered through collaborative partnerships between public and private providers.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    New consumers accepted for service

    6,531

    6,901

    7,076

    New employment plans

    5,567

    4,821

    5,044

    Consumers completing an employment plan 
    and attaining employment

    2,600

    2,536

    2,752

    Participating employers

    1,766

    1,780

    1,895

    Year-end active caseload

    10,565

    10,601

    10,898

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $49.5M, with $38.7M from federal funds and $10.8M from the state’s General Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 268A; Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as Amended; U.S. Code, Title 29, Chap. 16

    Contact Information
    Kim Peck, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7345 or toll-free: 800.328.9095; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • WorkForce Centers

    WorkForce Centers

    Purpose 
    This program provides a vast array of employment-related services via 48 locations throughout the state and/or online at DEED’s website. WorkForce Centers (WFCs) are Minnesota’s federally mandated “Career One-Stops.” 

    Customers and Services
    Customers are individuals looking for employment or exploring and planning their careers, and businesses seeking workers. WFC staff assist job seekers in Resource Areas with online job search, including career exploration, resume and interview advice/tools, job networking, and job bank use. Most locations offer workshops and assistance with training. Some services give priority to individuals with specific barriers to employment. Staff also work with businesses to find, and if needed, train workers. 

    WFCs are a collaboration of state, local, and non-profit service providers coming together to offer talent development services in Minnesota.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Total logins to use resource area

    714,113

    578,540

    583,591

    Workshop attendances

    74,340

    63,076

    79,048

    Funding Source and Allocation
    No direct appropriation/allocation. WFC costs are paid for by a variety of resources and partners. Program dollars that support WFCs are reflected in other program summaries.

    Statutory Authority
    -- The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-220); U.S. Code, Title 29, Chap. 30

    Contact Information
    David Niermann
    , Director
    Phone: 651.259.7583 or toll-free: 866.213.1422; TTY: 800.657.3973

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Workforce Development Services for the Blind

    Workforce Development Services for the Blind

    Purpose
    This program ensures that persons who are blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind (including those who have additional physical and/or mental impairments) have the rehabilitation services they need to prepare for, seek, gain, or retain employment.

    Customers and Services
    Customers are blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind Minnesotans who are seeking employment or who want to maintain employment. State Services for the Blind (SSB), which administers this program, provides vocational rehabilitation services through 16 rehabilitation counselors in 11 field offices, 10 of which are in WorkForce Centers. Services may include vocational assessment and counseling; training in adjustment to blindness, use of assistive technology, job-seeking skills, and vocational skills; job placement assistance; and job adaptation assistance. Services are based on customer choice and are mutually agreed-upon between customer and counselor and written into a service plan, which must be tied to the customer's obtainment of a vocational goal.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number served

    1,018

    991

    1,056

    Number who achieved employment outcome

    81

    81

    101

    Average weekly salary of all closed as employed

    $516

    $440

    $458

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $12.38M, with $10.31M from federal funds and $2.07M from the state’s General Fund.

    Statutory Authority 
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 248; Minn. Rules, Chap. 3325; Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; U.S. Code, Title 29, Chap. 16

    Contact Information
    Jon Benson, Director
    Phone: 651.642.0793 or toll-free: 800.652.9000; Fax: 651.649.5927; TTY: 888.665.3276

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Workforce Investment Act Title I-B Adult Program

    Workforce Investment Act Title I-B Adult Program

    Purpose
    This program provides employment and training assistance to adults to increase their employment retention, earnings, and occupational skill attainment.

    Customers and Services
    The program serves adults who are seeking greater participation in the labor force and prioritizes individuals who receive public assistance, individuals living with low incomes, and veterans. Services include a preliminary assessment of skill levels, support services, occupational or on-the-job training, job search and placement assistance, and career counseling. It also provides resource libraries providing access to employment-related services such as current job vacancies via MinnesotaWorks.net, local education and training service providers, and labor market information.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Entered employment rate

    77.7%

    79.3%

    84.0%

    Employment retention rate

    85.5%

    84.3%

    88.4%

    Average two quarter earnings

    $13,144

    $12,780

    $12,912

    Employment and credential rate

    69.0%

    70.9%

    75.4%

    Funding Source and Allocations
    SFY 2013 funding was $9.135M from federal funds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-220); U.S. Code, Title 29, Chap. 30

    Contact Information
    Anthony Alongi, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7528 or toll-free: 866.213.1422; TTY: 800.657.3973

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Workforce Investment Act Youth Formula Grant Program

    Workforce Investment Act Youth Formula Grant Program

    Purpose
    This program provides employment and training services to economically disadvantaged youth.

    Customers and Services
    Participants are youth ages 14-21 who are economically disadvantaged and are one or more of the following: basic skills-deficient (67 percent of participants); has a disability (38 percent); is a public assistance recipient (33 percent); a system-involved youth—foster youth or juvenile offenders—(18 percent); pregnant or parenting (12 percent); homeless and/or a runaway (11 percent); recovering chemically dependent (5 percent); or is from a community of color (44 percent). Services, provided through local Workforce Investment Boards and Youth Councils, include paid and unpaid work experiences and internships; adult mentoring; leadership development; occupational skills training; alternative secondary school services; comprehensive guidance and counseling; support services; summer employment opportunities; tutoring, study skills training/dropout prevention; and follow-up services.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

     

    Plan

    Actual

    Plan

    Actual

    Plan

    Actual

    Number served

    5,021

    4,593

    3,842

    Younger youth skill attainment

    90%

    93%

    90%

    94%

    92%

    93.7%

    Younger youth diploma/equivalent attainment

    75%

    88%

    75%

    89%

    85%

    85.9%

    Younger youth placement/retention

    70%

    80%

    70%

    80%

    78%

    84%

    Older youth entered employment

    75%

    78%

    75%

    70%

    71%

    81.8%

    Older youth employment retention

    78%

    87%

    78%

    87%

    85%

    92.1%

    Older youth wage gain

    $3,800

    $4,942

    $3,800

    $4,424

    $4,200

    $6,560

    Older youth credential (degree or certificate)

    55%

    62%

    55%

    54%

    58%

    60.2%

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $9.8M from federal funds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-220); U.S. Code, Title 29, Chap. 30

    Contact Information
    Kay Tracy, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7555; Fax 651.215.3842; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program

    Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program

    Purpose
    This program provides a federal tax credit to private-sector employers and 501(c) nonprofit organizations as an incentive for hiring members of targeted groups who traditionally have difficulty finding jobs. 

    Customers
    Primary customers are Minnesota employers interested in hiring targeted job seekers, and the targeted job seekers themselves. Targeted groups include recipients of the Minnesota Family Investment Program; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients between ages 18 and not-yet-40; veterans receiving SNAP; disabled veterans; unemployed veterans; ex-felons; people between ages 18 and not-yet-40 living in an Empowerment Zone; Vocational Rehabilitation recipients; and Supplemental Security Income recipients. 

    DEED provides program information to job seekers, employers, and agencies that serve these targeted job seekers; and certifies employer applications.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of tax credit applications processed

    30,586

    48,125

    49,360

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $236,332 from federal funds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-188); Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-34); Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (Pub. L. 106-170); Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-147); Working Families Tax-Relief Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-311); Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-432); Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-28); U.S. Code, Title 26; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-5); Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-312); Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Pub. L. 112-56); American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-240)

    Contact Information
    Tom Norman, Director 
    Phone: 651.259.7563; Fax: 651.297.7722; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Youthbuild Program

    Youthbuild Program

    Purpose
    This program offers a construction career pathway for at-risk youth and young adults who have dropped out of school or experienced repeated failure in school. It provides youth with industry-recognized credentials and pre-apprenticeship training in residential construction; and contextual basic skills and soft skills in work readiness, career counseling, and leadership skills. Communities benefit from highly visible renovation and construction projects completed by youth and young adults that expand affordable housing for low-income families.

    Customers and Services
    Participants, ages 16 to 24, are high school dropouts or potential dropouts and at-risk of involvement in the juvenile or criminal justice system, chemically dependent, disabled, homeless, foster youth, teen parents, basic skills deficient and/or public-assistance recipients. Ten organizations provide services: Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Inc.; Bi-County Community Action Programs, Inc.; Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative; Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services; City Academy; Guadalupe Alternative Programs; Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program; Stearns-Benton Employment and Training Council; Tree Trust; and Southeast Workforce Development, Inc.

    Performance Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Total served

    371

    403

    409

    Obtained high school diploma or GED

    93%

    92%

    93%

    Entered employment, post-secondary education, apprenticeship, or military

    85%

    90%

    85%

    Earned an industry-recognized credential (other than diploma or GED)

    46%

    58%

    93%

    Earned academic or service-learning credit

    94%

    92%

    82%

    Units of affordable housing constructed or renovated

    54

    55

    60

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $1M from the state’s Workforce Development Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 116L.361 -.366

    Contact Information
    Kay Tracy, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7555; Fax: 651.215.3482; TTY: 651.296.3900

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • Youth Workforce Development Competitive Grant Program

    Youth Workforce Development Competitive Grant Program

    Purpose
    The program provides workforce development and training opportunities to economically disadvantaged or at-risk youth, ages 14-24, with special consideration to youth from communities of color and deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind youth. 

    Customers and Services
    The program provides experiential learning; promotes mastery of work readiness competencies and 21st century skills; promotes skill acquisition (academic and work readiness) through project-based instruction; increases exposure to in-demand jobs important to regional economies; and provides high-quality worksites and overall participant and employer satisfaction.

    Services include: youth applying and connecting classroom skills to work-based settings; exposing youth to work settings that offer direct employer/supervisor feedback; and youth engagement while exploring interests and abilities. The program’s experiential learning is offered through internships, project-based learning, career planning, service learning, and work experience.

    The organizations and projects funded in State Fiscal Year 2013 were: St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Job Corps; Minneapolis’ STEP-UP Program; Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Teen Teamworks/Learn to Earn Program; South Central Workforce Council/Minnesota Valley Action Council in Mankato; Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training’s Career EdVenture Program in Virginia; Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities; and Intermediate District 287’s Project VECTOR.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2013*

    Total youth served in experiential learning

    9,435

    Received group or individual career planning, job search, college or post-secondary, employment and guidance on jobs important to regional economies

    98%

    *The program was authorized by the 2011 Legislature.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $2.848M from the Workforce Development Fund.

    Statutory Authority
    -- 2011 Session Laws, Ch. 4, Art. 1, Sec. 3, Subd. 3(u)

    Contact Information
    Kay Tracy, Director
    Phone: 651.259.7555 or toll-free: 866.213.1422; TTY: 800.657.3973

    This information is current as of December 2013.

  • PFA - Clean Water Revolving Fund

    PFA - Clean Water Revolving Fund

    Purpose
    This program enables borrowers to finance wastewater and stormwater facilities to meet effluent limits and other requirements under the U.S. Clean Water Act and state laws.

    Customers and Services
    Any city, county, township, sanitary district, or other governmental subdivision having primary responsibility for wastewater treatment is eligible. The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) provides below-market rate loans to borrowers to upgrade and construct wastewater and stormwater facilities.

    Allowable costs include: site preparation but not land acquisition, construction, engineering, equipment and machinery, and certain fees and contingency costs. Projects must be ranked on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) Project Priority List and the PFA’s Intended Use Plan (IUP); and must be certified by MPCA before the PFA may approve a loan.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    37

    33

    16

    Dollars awarded

    $150.5M

    $139.2M

    $80.6M

    Funding Source and Allocation
    Funding for SFY 2013 awards was from Clean Water Revolving Fund assets which include federal and state funds, PFA revenue bond proceeds, and loan repayments.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 446A.07

    Contact Information
    Jeff Freeman, Executive Director, Public Facilities Authority
    Phone: 651.259.7465 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    NOTE: The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) is an independent funding agency, with the commissioner of DEED serving as the chair of the PFA Board.

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • PFA - Credit Enhancement Program

    PFA - Credit Enhancement Program 

    Purpose
    This program reduces city and county borrowing costs on general obligation bonds issued for certain purposes by providing a limited state guarantee of the bond payments, thereby allowing issuers to receive higher bond ratings and lower interest rates.

    Customers and Services
    Eligible county debt obligations must be general obligation bonds issued for the construction of jails, correctional facilities, law enforcement facilities, social and human services facilities, or solid waste facilities. Eligible city debt obligations must be general obligation bonds issued for the construction, improvement, or rehabilitation of wastewater, drinking water, or stormwater facilities.

    A city or county must apply to the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) for a specific bond issue and enter into an agreement to comply with the requirements of Minn. Stat. 446A.086. If a city or county is unable to make a payment on bonds participating in the program, the state will make the payment in its place, provided that funds are available in the state general fund. If the state does pay part or all of a bond payment, the city's or county’s full faith and credit pledge on the bonds automatically becomes a full faith and credit pledge to repay the state, with interest.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of bond issues covered

    27

    25

    18

    Original par amount*

    $98.8M

    $36.8M

    $54.6M

    *The dollar amount of bonds issued each year that are covered under the program.

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding for administration was $37,400 from the Special Revenue Fund (fees).

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 446A.086

    Contact Information
    Jeff Freeman, Executive Director, Public Facilities Authority
    Phone: 651.259.7465 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    NOTE: The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) is an independent funding agency, with the commissioner of DEED serving as the chair of the PFA Board.

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • PFA - Drinking Water Revolving Fund

    PFA - Drinking Water Revolving Fund

    Purpose
    This program enables borrowers to finance public drinking water storage, treatment, and distribution systems that meet U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

    Customers and Services
    Any county, city, township, regional entity, other governmental entity, or other entities having primary responsibility for providing public drinking water are eligible. The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) provides below-market rate loans to borrowers to upgrade and construct public drinking water systems.

    Allowable costs include site preparation, land acquisition, construction, engineering, equipment and machinery, and certain fees and contingency costs. Projects that are primarily to serve growth are not eligible. Projects must be ranked on the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Project Priority List and on the PFA's Intended Use Plan (IUP), and projects must be certified by MDH before the PFA may approve a loan.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    33

    21

    12

    Dollars awarded

    $84.0M

    $51.8M

    $9.2M

    Funding Source and Allocation
    Funding for SFY 2013 awards was from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund assets which include federal and state funds, PFA revenue bond proceeds, and loan repayments.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 446A.081

    Contact Information
    Jeff Freeman, Executive Director, Public Facilities Authority
    Phone: 651.259.7465 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    NOTE: The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) is an independent funding agency, with the commissioner of DEED serving as the chair of the PFA Board.

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • PFA - Phosphorus Reduction Grant Program

    PFA - Phosphorus Reduction Grant Program

    Purpose
    This program provides grants to assist municipalities with the cost of wastewater treatment projects that will reduce their discharge of total phosphorus to one milligram per liter or less.

    Customers and Services
    Any municipality that has an applicable phosphorus discharge limit incorporated into a permit issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) or that agrees to comply with the applicable limits is eligible to apply for the program. Projects must be ranked on the MPCA's Project Priority List. The MPCA approves the plans and specifications for the project and certifies the eligible as-bid costs for the project to the Public Facilities Authority (PFA). The PFA awards grants to projects certified by the MPCA for 50 percent of the eligible capital costs up to a maximum grant of $500,000. Eligible capital costs include engineering, inspection and construction costs for phosphorus treatment.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    4

    3

    0

    Dollars awarded

    $1.5M

    $0.6M

    $0

    Funding Source and Allocation
    In 2013, the legislature approved a merger of the Phosphorus Reduction Grant Program and the Total Maximum Daily Load Grant Program to create the Point Source Implementation Grant Program. The SFY 2013 appropriation of $4.275M from the constitutionally dedicated Clean Water Legacy Fund is available until June 30, 2016 for the grants under the revised program.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 446A.074

    Contact Information
    Jeff Freeman, Executive Director, Public Facilities Authority
    Phone: 651.259.7465 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    NOTE: The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) is an independent funding agency, with the commissioner of DEED serving as the chair of the PFA Board.

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • PFA - Small Community Wastewater Treatment Program

    PFA - Small Community Wastewater Treatment Program

    Purpose
    This program provides loans and grants to assist local governments with project costs associated with replacing non-complying Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS) with new individual and small cluster SSTS that will be publicly owned and operated.

    Customers and Services
    Any governmental unitincluding cities, counties, and townshipswith a project ranked on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA's) Project Priority List is eligible. Projects must be ranked on the MPCA's Project Priority List. Eligible costs include design, construction, land acquisition, and related legal fees. The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) provides loans for up to 100 percent of eligible costs to replace non-complying SSTS with new systems. A community with median household income below the state average may receive a 50 percent grant. A community may also apply for a technical assistance grant up to $40,000 to conduct site evaluations and prepare a feasibility report.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of technical assistance grants

    10

    3

    2

    Technical assistance grant dollars awarded

    $260,500

    $81,000

    $50,500

    Number of construction grants/loans

    2

    0

    1

    Construction grant/loan dollars awarded

    $481,023

    $0

    $411,630

    Funding Source and Allocation
    SFY 2013 funding was $1.25M from the constitutionally dedicated Clean Water Legacy Fund. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 446A.075

    Contact Information
    Jeff Freeman, Executive Director, Public Facilities Authority
    Phone: 651.259.7465 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    NOTE: The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) is an independent funding agency, with the commissioner of DEED serving as the chair of the PFA Board.

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • PFA - Total Maximum Daily Load Grant Program

    PFA - Total Maximum Daily Load Grant Program

    Purpose
    This program provides grants to assist municipalities with the cost of wastewater treatment or stormwater projects needed to meet the requirements of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation plans under Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act.

    Customers and Services
    Any municipality needing to construct a wastewater treatment or stormwater project to comply with a point source wasteload allocation under the requirements of a TMDL implementation plan approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is eligible. Projects must be ranked on the MPCA's Project Priority List. The MPCA calculates the essential project component percentage to determine the TMDL eligible project cost, and certifies to the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) the eligible as-bid cost for the project. The PFA awards grants for up to 50 percent of the eligible project costs, to a maximum of $3M, based on the estimated cost submitted by the applicant or the as-bid costs, whichever is less.

    Measures- Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    12

    6

    4

    Dollars awarded

    $7.3

    $7.1M

    $4.9M

    Funding Source and Allocation
    In 2013, the legislature approved a merger of the Total Maximum Daily Load Grant Program and the Phosphorus Reduction Grant Program to create the Point Source Implementation Grant Program. The SFY 2013 appropriation of $11.185M from the constitutionally dedicated Clean Water Legacy Fund is available until June 30, 2016 for the grants under the revised program.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 446A.073

    Contact Information
    Jeff Freeman, Executive Director, Public Facilities Authority
    Phone: 651.259.7465 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    NOTE: The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) is an independent funding agency, with the commissioner of DEED serving as the chair of the PFA Board.

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • PFA - Transportation Revolving Loan Fund

    PFA - Transportation Revolving Loan Fund

    Purpose
    This program attracts new funding into transportation, encourages innovative approaches to financing transportation projects, and helps build needed transportation infrastructure by providing low-cost financing to eligible borrowers for transportation projects.

    Customers and Services
    The state, counties, cities, townships, and other governmental entities are eligible. The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) provides below-market rate loans to borrowers for transportation projects approved by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. When loans are repaid, the funds are returned to the Transportation Revolving Loan Fund, recycled, and used to finance additional projects.

    Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, pre-design studies; acquisition of right-of-way; road and bridge maintenance, repair, improvement, or construction; enhancement items; rail and air safety projects; and transit capital projects.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    1

    3

    0

    Dollars awarded

    $5.0M

    $7.2M

    $0

    Funding Source and Allocation
    Funding for the program’s loans is from the existing Transportation Revolving Loan Fund assets which include federal and state funds, PFA revenue bond proceeds, and loan repayments.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 446A.085

    Contact Information
    Jeff Freeman, Executive Director, Public Facilities Authority
    Phone: 651.259.7465 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    NOTE: The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) is an independent funding agency, with the commissioner of DEED serving as the chair of the PFA Board.

    This information current as of December 2013.

  • PFA - Wastewater Infrastructure Fund

    PFA - Wastewater Infrastructure Fund

    Purpose
    This program provides supplemental grants to assist municipalities with high-cost, high-priority needs to build cost-effective wastewater projects that address existing environmental or public health problems.

    Customers and Services
    Any city, county, township, sanitary district, or other governmental subdivision having primary responsibility for wastewater treatment is eligible. Eligible project costs are those necessary to meet a municipality's existing wastewater treatment needs; costs related to future residential/commercial/industrial growth are not eligible.

    Municipalities that receive wastewater financing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program may receive a Wastewater Infrastructure Fund (WIF) matching grant for up to 65 percent of the total eligible grant need determined by Rural Development. Municipalities that do not receive financing from USDA Rural Development may receive a WIF grant to supplement a loan from the Clean Water Revolving Fund if the average system cost per household exceeds 1.4 percent of median household income.

    Measures - Reporting period is state fiscal year (SFY), July 1 - June 30

     

    SFY 2011

    SFY 2012

    SFY 2013

    Number of projects

    19

    16

    4

    Dollars awarded

    $18.2M

    $33.4M

    $3.9M

    Funding Source and Allocation
    Funding for SFY 2013 awards was from general obligation bond proceeds.

    Statutory Authority
    -- Minn. Stat., Chap. 446A.072

    Contact Information
    Jeff Freeman, Executive Director, Public Facilities Authority
    Phone: 651.259.7465 or toll-free: 800.657.3858; TTY: 651.296.3900

    NOTE: The Public Facilities Authority (PFA) is an independent funding agency, with the commissioner of DEED serving as the chair of the PFA Board.

    This information current as of December 2013.