DEED Roundup -- February 18, 2014


          DEED Roundup - February 18, 2014


DEED in the News

Cluster Strategy Could Work With Water
Star Tribune-02/14/14
A collection of Twin Cities water technology businesses is here only because of serendipity, but economic development leaders have figured out the right thing to do with it. The Minnesota Water Technology Business Summit, the state's first water technology business summit, will be held Tues., March 25 in Eagan. This full-day event will feature high-level speakers from private industry, economic development and government organizations as well as breakout sessions. Summit hosts are Minnesota Trade Office, Ecolab and Greater MSP.

DEED Grant Will Boost Job Skills of At-Risk Youth
Jackson County Pilot-02/09/14
SMPIC was awarded $120,000 for its Young Adult Career Pathway project, offering comprehensive training concentrating on health care to 18- to 24-year-old out-of-school youth and communities of color. Health care is a high-demand, high-wage industry in southwest Minnesota.

On the Right Path
ABE training project opens doors for adult students. Josue Palacios Lopez is a participant in the Southwest Minnesota Career Pathway Training project. The project offers unemployed or under-employed adults the chance to prepare for and enter a career pathway leading to long-term, stable employment. 

From Craft Breweries to Furniture Showrooms: Many Northeast Developments are Underway
Twin Cities Daily Planet-02/09/14
You don’t see many light bulb factories, seed distribution companies, paper warehouses or metalworks in Northeast Minneapolis, anymore.

If You're Out of Work, Here's a Way to Make Yourself More Marketable
CBS Minnesota-02/12/14
It can happen to any of us: Without much warning, you can find yourself out of a job. You can get free services to update your resume through the WorkForce Centers run by DEED. 

Did You Know?

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Recent Press Releases

Jack Link’s® Beef Jerky Expanding in Downtown Minneapolis 
The Minong, Wis. company is bringing 20 new, high-paying sales, HR, IT positions to Butler North Building.

DEED, Southeast Technical College Help Develop Northern Engraving Employees
MSC-ST will work with Northern Engraving to develop a comprehensive technical and Lean training program for 227 employees, including 80 new hires.

Profile: Who We Work With

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith traveled to Siberia last March to compete in the World Deaf Cross Country Skiing Championship. Deaf from birth, Smith is now a world-competitive athlete and a machinist at JEM Technical, an Orono manufacturing company. To get where he is today, Smith worked with a highly collaborative vocational rehab team. Read more about Smith's story.

Recent Blog Posts

Making a House a Home

Man measuring board

Kitchen cabinet manufacturing in central Minnesota is simmering again. Jobs here jumped 27.4 percent from 2010 to 2012 -- more than five times as fast as the state, which gained 4.8 percent. And did you know: Central Minnesota is home to more than one-fourth of the state’s employment in furniture and related product manufacturing, including one-third of our jobs in kitchen cabinet manufacturing.