DEED Roundup - Aug. 26, 2013


          DEED Roundup - August 26, 2013

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DEED in the News

Teamvantage Opens Forest Lake Facility
Forest Lake Times-8/21/13
From an emotional speech by company Vice President Lester Jones to high praise from DEED's Katie Clark Sieben, a festive mood prevailed at the recent opening of Teamvantage's new manufacturing facility in Forest Lake. 

Shutterfly Gets Nod in Shakopee
Minneapolis Star Tribune-08/21/13
The Scott County Board last week approved a nine-year tax abatement for the Internet firm Shutterfly Inc., which plans to expand in a $60 million facility and bring hundreds of jobs to Shakopee.


Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke, Shutterfly CEO Jeffrey Housenbold, Gov. Mark Dayton

Innovative Minnesota Firms on Forbes List
Twin Cities Business-08/15/13
Three companies with major Minnesota footprints made Forbes’ recently published list of "The World's Most Innovative Companies."

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Recent Press Releases

WFSI Expanding in Sauk Rapids
Sauk Rapids welding company WFSI Inc. plans to expand its facility and add 32 jobs with the help of a $200,000 loan from DEED. The funding was awarded under the agency's Minnesota Investment Fund.

Recent Blog Posts

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Our Secret Weapon: Educated Workers
When companies start looking for a place to expand, one factor they consider is the quality of the workforce. Businesses want to know that a region has enough workers with the education and training to get the job done. Fortunately, a strong education system is a Minnesota hallmark.

Believing and Achieving
Although it has been nearly a year since River Valley Fitness opened in Windom, owner Taunya Swenson still pinches herself when she walks into the gym. Owning her own business was a dream come true thanks to the help she received from DEED's Southwest Regional Small Business Development Center. 

A Commitment to Education
Because a skilled workforce is closely tied to the health of the economy, DEED’s economic development strategy includes programs that focus on training and education. One of those programs is the MInnesota Job Skills Partnership.