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DEED Roundup

We have a wide variety of stories to tell each day - from updates on the economy to trips around the state. The DEED Roundup compiles each week's highlights into one place.

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  • June 2016

    June 6, 2016 – State exports at $4.6 billion in first quarter of 2016, DEED supports southern Minnesota program that promotes minority-owned business growth, and Job Creation Fund and Minnesota Investment Fund are vital to state economy.

    June 13, 2016 – DEED awards $250,000 to 13 groups that will help high school students explore and prepare for careers, Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant approved for Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. training, and Commissioner Hardy gets up close and personal in Capitol Report interview.

    June 20, 2016Minnesota unemployment rate steady at 3.8 percent in May, Stern Rubber expanding in Aitkin with assistance from DEED Job Creation Fund, and Minnesota Job Skills Partnership awards funding to train workers from U.S. Distilled Products in Princeton.

    June 27, 2016 – Minneapolis program receives DEED grant to help high school students plan for careers, DEED updates Minnesota Brownfields Resource Guide, and UnitedHealth Group becomes first Minnesota company to crack the top 10 list of the Fortune 500.


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  • May 2016

    May 2, 2016 - DEED-sponsored career fair in Austin draws 1,000 eighth-graders, offers veteran-friendly job postings and Minnesota has best labor force participation rate in the country.

    May 23, 2016 - State gains 15,600 jobs in April, Kraft Heinz investing $100 million for expansion project in New Ulm and Minnesota economy kept on rolling last year with 87 major expansion projects around the state.

    May 31, 2016 - Commissioner Hardy discusses DEED priorities in MinnPost interview, DEED Developments blog takes a closer look at the monthly employment numbers, and Twin Cities drivers among the most courteous in the nation.


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  • April 2016

    April 25, 2016 - Karen Francois named DEED's assistant commissioner of the Office of Career and Business Opportunity, 27 projects awarded $2.55 million in Pathways to Prosperity funding, and consumer website WalletHub says Minnesota is the most financially savvy state.

    April 18, 2016 - Commissioner Sieben leaving DEED to pursue other opportunities, state unemployment rate steady at 3.7 percent for fifth straight month, and how to get the most out of attending a job fair.

    April 11, 2016 - Seventh Annual Northland Job Fair in Duluth draws hundreds of job seekers, state now covering the cost of GED tests, and Minnesota cities sweep the top three spots in NerdWallet's Best Cities for Women in the Workforce 2016.

    April 4, 2016 - DEED Job Creation Fund grant supports expansion at Wagner SprayTech, Commissioner Sieben to be keynote speaker at Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation annual luncheon, and Seventh Annual Northland Job Fair set for Tuesday in Duluth.

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  • March 2016

    March 28, 2016 - State gains 9,000 jobs in February, extended unemployment insurance benefits approved for Iron Range mining workers, and Minnesota Cup accepting applications for 12th annual competition.

    March 21, 2016 - State job vacancies climb to 96,000 in fourth quarter 2015, Job Creation Fund attracts more than $388 million in investments and 2,605 new jobs last year, and DEED awards $2.8 million for 14 training projects under Minnesota Job Skills Partnership.

    March 14, 2016 - Minnesota unemployment rate holds steady at 3.7 percent in January, DEED awards $4 million loan for Cirrus expansion project in Duluth, and 18th annual Iron Range Job Fair set for Friday in Virginia, Minn.

    March 7, 2016 - Agricultural biotech firm Calyxt Inc. approved for $477,000 grant from Job Creation Fund, Minnesota one of 10 states that will take part in SNAP to Skills program, and Minnesota exports at $20 billion in 2015.

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  • February 2016

    Feb. 29, 2016 - DEED awards $1.62 million for apartment construction projects in Duluth and Perham, offers tips for putting together an effective resume and 10 Minnesota companies make Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies."

    Feb. 22, 2016 - New Office of Career and Business Opportunity aims to help disadvantaged groups achieve economic parity, blog post offers region-by-region breakdown of jobs in the construction industry, and State Services for the Blind Communication Center had a busy and productive 2015.

    Feb. 16, 2016 - DEED's Rapid Response team helping workers who lost jobs after Madelia fire, Sil-Pro expanding in Delano with support from Job Creation Fund, and Vocational Rehabilitation annual report features facts, figures, data and success stories.

    Feb. 8, 2016 - Governor’s Task Force on Broadband recommends $200 million for Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, startup company Phoji puts a fresh face on phone app, and latest issue of Trends magazine focuses on racial and economic disparities in Minnesota.

    Feb. 1, 2016 - Trade Office executive director talks STEP grants at Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association meeting, Cottage Grove site certified as Shovel Ready, and DEED plans Way to Work pilot project in Minnesota.

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  • January 2016

    Jan. 25, 2016 - Minnesota employers add 9,100 jobs in December, partner in Albertville project credits trade missions for helping him to raise investment funding, and Minnesota is the second-strongest state in the country, according to Politico analysis.

    Jan. 19, 2016 - Minnesota manufacturers expect stable conditions in 2016, DEED awards Job Training Skills Partnership grant for metro manufacturing consortium, and Duluth WorkForce Center hosting job fair on Tuesday.

    Jan. 11, 2016 - Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. expanding in Brooklyn Park, road project in Pennock awarded funding from Transportation Economic Development Program, DEED announces $6.2 million in cleanup funding for redevelopment projects.

    Jan. 4, 2016 - Essar Steel accepts governor's ultimatum to repay $66 million loan, state job picture generally improved last year and state population at record high.

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  • December 2015

    Dec. 28, 2015 - DEED awards Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant to train employees at International Paper, Minnesota has second-highest labor force participation rate in the country, and latest issue of Minnesota Employment Review offers a statistical look at the economy.

    Dec. 21, 2015 - Minnesota employers add 7,200 jobs in November and unemployment rates drops to 3.5 percent, DEED seeks proposals for job-training programs, and Commissioner Sieben joins other state officials at event to discuss initiatives aimed at tackling poverty and unemployment.

    Dec. 14, 2015 - DEED awards Minnesota Job Skills Partnership funding to Anoka Ramsey Community College, Bloomington WorkForce Center hiring event to focus on jobs in information technology, and website says Minnesota drivers are the best in the country.

    Dec. 7, 2015 - Gov. Mark Dayton and other officials break ground on 800 West Broadway, DEED seeking applicants for the newly-created position of assistant commissioner of career and business opportunity, and 24/7 Wall Street says Minnesota is among the best-run states in the country.

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