DEED's 2020 Strategic Plan
Empower the growth of Minnesota's labor market to meet the needs of business, now and in the future.
- Increase the number of job-seekers using DEED's CareerForce resources by 10%
- Increase the job placement rate for every DEED workforce program to 80%
- Increase the number of employers who are hiring directly from DEED's workforce systems by 20%
- Modernize our workforce development system with a digital strategy to scale training.
- Relaunch CareerForce locations under new brand that up-levels our offerings and deepens our partnerships with business.
- Create stronger synergies between our workforce development and economic development divisions at DEED.
- Engage in marketing efforts to increase worker populations.
- Partner with other state agencies to look after the "whole worker."
Reduce the disparities faced by populations with barriers to employment.
- Increase the average starting wage for people of color who DEED helps place in jobs by $2/hour.
- Create a unique "Equity goal" for every single program across DEED, focused on reducing disparities based on either 1) race, 2) ability level, or 3) geography.
- Re-vamp our Economic Opportunity Office to be an external-facing unit that reaches targeted groups across the state.
- Deliver special training efforts to help employers (including DEED) understand and embrace hiring workers from under-represented groups.
- Create statewide outreach effort to homeless populations with DEED services.
- Activate more disabled workers in our Vocational Rehabilitation Services, particularly in categories 2 and 3.
- Create targeted efforts and partnerships to reach key segments of the labor market: immigrants, people of color; non-participating college educated workers; stay-at-home parents.
Make Minnesota's innovation ecosystem a national leader.
- Land Minnesota in the "Top 5" of either the Milken Institute State Technology and Science Index, the National Science Foundation Science and Engineering State Profiles, and/or Wallet Hub's list for best ecosystems for innovation.
- Increase the number of innovative businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs we reach with our programs by 25%.
- Double the number of job-seekers we reach with technology training.
- Create and market "Launch Minnesota," our statewide umbrella for all we're doing to help high-tech startups grow in the state.
- Examine current gaps in our market and grow the ecosystem through partnerships with key ecosystem leaders.
- Advance technology training programs to serve the continuum of workers.
- Establish a "Future of Work" effort at DEED, powered by statewide research and convenings to highlight key issues and opportunities in an automation-driven economy.
- Identify gaps and align resources at the agency to steer and market current programs, such as the Minnesota Investment Fund and the Job Creation Fund, towards innovation-based businesses.