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.
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]
Zone Administrator's Annual Development Report [PDF]
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.
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:
For the parcels where the acreage will be REMOVED, include the following:
For the parcels where the acreage will be ADDED:
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:
The review also considers whether important JOBZ statutory goals will be met, including:
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
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