Objectives and Plans

Everything we do at DEED is driven by five overarching objectives for Minnesota's workers, businesses and communities.

Those objectives, and the plans to reach them, are:

  • Attract, retain and expand businesses and create jobs
  • Cultivate entrepreneurs
  • Connect workers to jobs, prepare workers for jobs in demand and assist people to live independently
  • Stabilize and stimulate the economy through benefit payments
  • Help communities thrive

Our plans provide a roadmap for action and help assess progress in meeting our goals. DEED's strategic planning results from an examination of the current environment, awareness of the pending challenges and opportunities, and regular check-ins so strategic plans become ongoing time-management tools that tell leaders and staff where to focus energy and resources.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides an expanded platform from which Minnesota can continue to grow and address workforce and economic development opportunities. As a national leader in many workforce and economic development metrics, Minnesota is positioned well to continue to innovate and provide new opportunities for our citizens and businesses to thrive in the 21st century economy.

  • Minnesota's Combined State Plan

    Minnesota's State Combined Plan for WIOA is available for public comment through February 24, 2016. Your written comments must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Submit comments via mail, e-mail or fax to:

    Rick Roy, Director of Strategic Business Projects
    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    1st National Bank Building
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
    St. Paul, MN 55101-1351
    E-mail: rick.roy@state.mn.us
    Fax: 651.215.3842 

    Note that this document will be updated throughout the comment period.

  • Youth Waiver Requests

    Pursuant to requirement of the U.S. Department of Labor, the following waivers are available for public comment. For further questions, comments or concerns, contact Kay Tracy at Kay.Tracy@state.mn.us or 651-259-7555.

    • Waiver Request - Indicators of PY16 Performance for Youth who are Co-enrolled in WIOA Formula Youth Program and the TANF Summer Innovation Project
    • Waiver Request - Indicators of PY16 Performance for Youth who are Co-Enrolled in WIOA Formula Youth Program and the Pre-employment Transition Services (PETS) Pilot Project Co-funded by DEED Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)

Workforce Investment Act Plans

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 is a federal law that provides the framework for a workforce preparation and employment system to help businesses and job seekers in the U.S.

With WIA as the overarching plan, DEED coordinates a joint planning process that includes public and private entities, and members of the general public, to develop a state unified plan that meets WIA requirements while focusing on Minnesota-specific needs and goals. Local workforce investment boards (WIBs) in Minnesota in turn submit unified plans that describe how the local workforce investment systems under their guidance, via Workforce Service Area (WSA) providers, will respond to the needs of regional labor markets.