For Administrators

Zone and sub-zone administrators rely on timely and accurate information to ensure the local success of the JOBZ program.

Here, you'll find the basic information package that you’ll need to administer the program, as well as tools to evaluate specific JOBZ deals and all of the policy statements and forms that you’ll need to comply with the statutory requirements of JOBZ.

Applications, Forms, Reports

Select the links below to download and view the following applications, forms and reports.

JOBZ Application [PDF]

State Register Notice [PDF]

JOBZ Zone Modification Process [PDF]

Sample Business Subsidy Policy [Word or PDF]

JOBZ Business Assistance Form [Word]

Zone Administrator's Annual Development Report [PDF]

Prevailing Wage Requirements

Statutes require businesses that benefit from the JOBZ program to require contractors to pay prevailing wages to construction workers during construction of a business facility.

Any company that signs a business subsidy agreement to operate within a JOBZone must comply with the statutory requirements of the state's "prevailing wage" law, according to a letter issued by the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. A contractor or subcontractor cannot avoid paying prevailing wages by "electing" not to be exempt from sales and use tax.

What this means is that qualified businesses that are conducting building projects must require construction companies to comply with Minnesota's prevailing wage statute.

Business subsidy agreement language and process guidance on prevailing wage requirements and all other policy questions is available on this website.

Prevailing Wage Mechanics
The Subzone administrator informs the prospective benefiting business of JOBZ prevailing wage requirement as stated in Section IV, L. of the model Business Subsidy Agreement.

The Subzone administrator informs the prospective benefiting business that the relevant Minnesota prevailing wage statute is 116J.871 and recommends that the business include the following language, or equivalent, in bid packages and construction contracts: “Minnesota Statutes, Section 116J.871 applies to this project. The statute requires recipients of state assistance to pay the prevailing wage rates to laborers and mechanics at the project site.”

The Subzone administrator provides the following certification language, or equivalent, to the business to send to the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry: “I name, on behalf of business name, certify that laborers and mechanics at the project site during construction, installation, remodeling, and repairs for which JOBZ sales tax exemptions will be provided will be paid the prevailing wage rate as defined in M.S. Section 177.42, subdivision 6.”

The Subzone administrator provides the prospective benefiting business and its contractor, if necessary, with the prevailing wage webpage of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry - go to http://www.dli.mn.gov/LaborLaw.asp to find the appropriate wage rates.

Zone Modification Process

The Zone modification process is used when “swapping” or exchanging acres from a current JOB Zone to parcels in another JOBZ or to parcels outside of a JOB Zone. Modifications will be considered if there is a qualified business ready to locate onto the requested parcels.

A written request should be made by the Subzone administrator to the appropriate DEED representative at the bottom of this page. The request should also be forwarded to the Zone Administrator for comment.

All subzone modification requests should contain the following information:

  • Zone Name
  • Name of Subzone city/township requesting the modification
  • Zone Administrator comments, if applicable
  • A narrative describing how the proposed zone will meet the goals outlined in the review process on this page.

For the parcels where the acreage will be REMOVED, include the following:

  • DEED Subzone number identifying the zone to be removed
  • Number of acres to be removed from this Subzone
  • PIN numbers of the acres in the Subzone being removed
  • Map showing location of removed acres
  • Approval letter or resolution from an authorized city or township official approving the donation of the acres. (This is when the acreage comes from outside the boundaries of the Subzone city/township receiving the acreage.)

For the parcels where the acreage will be ADDED:

  • Number of acres to be added to the existing or new subzone
  • PIN number of parcels added
  • The location and legal description of the added parcels. Indicate Lot and Block identifiers if the new acreage is less than a total parcel
  • Map showing current and future zoning of the new Subzone parcel, location within the city, access to infrastructure
  • Three resolutions (same type as those submitted with the Zone Application) approving the inclusion of the new acreage from the a) county, b) city or township, and c) school district
  • The name and description of the business locating on the site, the number of new jobs and any other useful information about the business. A brief description of the development goals for the site showing the immediacy of need for inclusion of the site in the Subzone.

The Review Process
Zone Modifications may take a month or more to review and receive approval by the Commissioner of DEED. Our review considers the following factors:

  • Whether the location and use of the site have access to infrastructure and will be appropriately zoned
  • Whether the business planning to develop on the site is likely to meet the business subsidy requirements of the City
  • Whether he site/business is “ready to go”

The review also considers whether important JOBZ statutory goals will be met, including:

  • The strength and viability of the proposed development goals, objectives and strategies in the Development Plan
  • Whether the Development Plan is creative and innovative in comparison to other applications
  • Local public and private commitment to development of the proposed Zone and the potential cooperation of surrounding communities
  • Existing resources available to the proposed Zone
  • How the designation of the Zone would relate to other economic and community development projects and to regional initiatives or programs
  • How the regulatory burden will be eased for businesses operating in the proposed Zone
  • Proposals to establish and link job creation and training
  • The extent to which the development is directed at encouraging and that designation of the Zone is likely to result in the creation of high-paying jobs.

DEED will not approve potential retail or commercial acreage or sites that may generate low paying service jobs.

To Submit a Zone Modification Request Form
Zone Modification Requests should be mailed to both the Zone Administrator and to the following JOBZ Representatives at the following address:

Department of Employment and Economic Development
Office of JOBZ and Business Finance
1st National Bank Building 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1351

JOBZ Representatives

Region Representative Phone

Region 1 Emily Patin 651-259-7450

Region 2 Emily Patin 651-259-7450

Region 3 Emily Patin 651-259-7450

Region 4 Bart Bevins 651-259-7424

Region 5 Emily Patin 651-259-7450

Region 6E Brad Simenson 651-259-7428

Region 6W Brad Simenson 651-259-7428

Region 7E Carol Pressley 651-259-7427

Region 7W Samantha DiMaggio 651-259-7426

Region 8 Brad Simenson 651-259-7428

Region 9 Samantha DiMaggio 651-259-7426

Region 10 Carol Pressley 651-259-7427