DEED Roundup -- Aug 5


          DEED Roundup - August 5, 2013

Minnesota among best states to find a job.

DEED in the News

Imris Brings 100 Jobs to Twin Cities
Business Journal-07/30/13
Med-tech firm Imris has brought 100 jobs to the Twin Cities since announcing plans to relocate here from Canada, CEO Jay Miller said recently. About 80 percent of the company's Twin Cities employees are new hires. Miller said Imris relocated to take advantage of the area's deep pool of med-tech talent. There's also a stronger supply chain for the parts it needs to make its MRI systems. "The [Twin Cities] metropolitan area is about five times bigger [than Winnipeg], but in terms of talent it might as well be 100 times," he said.” 

Collaborative Efforts
Grand Rapids Herald-Review-07/30/13
IRRRB, NHED, industry partners successfully team up on workforce development.

Letter: Chamber Message is Too Bleak
Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth): 'The 2013 Minnesota legislative session was very beneficial for rural Minnesota and our state’s economy is getting stronger by the day. The future is looking bright for Minnesota.'

Century College Gets Federal Transportation Grant to Help Vets
The transportation industry plans to add more than 7,700 jobs in the state between now and 2020. Century College has been awarded a $120,000 federal grant to help train 30 veterans for transportation industry jobs. The median average wage for truck drivers is $18.72 an hour, according to DEED. 

Did You Know?

Punch in St. Paul Makes Food & Wine's Best Pizza Places in US  

Boy eating cheese pizza

Upcoming Events 

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Job Seekers: Mark Your Calendar

Summer's best chance for job seekers of diverse backgrounds to connect with dozens of employers. ASL interpreters and foreign language translators will be available. Job-seeker workshops -- Creative Job Search,, labor market information, networking and more -- will be offered throughout the day.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8
Where: Hennepin South WorkForce Center, 4220 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington
Cost: FREE to job seekers

Recent Blog Posts

K&C Auto Company

Identifying a NIche
The Chanthakhammy brothers followed an old but effective formula in launching K&C Foreign Auto Parts: They identified a niche and tapped it. And the Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center in St. Cloud helped them succeed.

Employment Services DEED Offers Vets
DEED provides specialized staff, located at WorkForce Centers statewide, and employment services to help all Minnesota military veterans prepare for, find, and keep a job, no matter their era of service. Vets reps also work closely with employers to develop job opportunities for veterans and to advocate on their behalf.