DEED Roundup – Oct. 17, 2016

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  Oct. 17, 2016

In the News

Head shot of Commissioner Hardy

Attracting & Retaining Talent in the Twin Cites
Commissioner Hardy was among the speakers at last week's meeting of Make It. MSP, an initiative devoted to attracting and retaining talent in the Twin Cities. "We have a number of Minnesotans sitting on the economic sidelines,” Hardy said. And too many don’t have access to the loans that are needed to start and grow a business. She complimented Make It. MSP. for spending its first year in existence asking people what they think and listening to the answers.

Heralding Minnesota Career Fairs
Capitol Report-10-6-16
Commissioner Hardy and Chief Inclusion Officer James Burroughs talk with Capitol Report about career fairs the State of Minnesota is sponsoring this month.

DEED Grant Supports Hancock Project
Morris Sun Tribune-10-7-16
After several years of working to improve Hancock's main street, local officials expect to see progress in the coming year, thanks to support from DEED.  Stevens County recently received a DEED grant of $46,100. The grant along with local funding will be used to demolish several buildings on Hancock's main street. A Detroit Lakes nonprofit is planning to redevelop the site.

Did You Know?

View of downtown Rochester

Rochester ranked third on's list of the most affordable cities in the country. The website touted the city's low cost of housing, groceries and utilities.




Press Releases

Equity Proposals Total $48.4 Million
Grant proposals totaling $48.4 million were submitted to DEED by nonprofit organizations seeking to provide services to people of color, women, youth, people with disabilities and/or veterans in Minnesota. DEED said 165 nonprofit organizations are competing for $8.1 million in funding that is available for six programs designed to improve economic opportunities for those demographic groups.

DEED Awards Job-Training Grants
DEED awarded workforce development grants totaling $2.1 million under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership to train 1,881 workers. Grants were awarded  in two program areas: the Partnership Program and the Low-Income Worker Training Program.

Serving Our Customers

Cover of September 2016 issue of Trends magazine

The latest issue of Trends magazine includes a cover story that examines whether the cost of higher education is worth the investment. Two other stories look at ongoing changes in the Minnesota labor market. The pros and cons of each of the nine sources of government wage data is the subject of a fourth story. Go here to read the issue online or pick up a free print copy in the second floor lobby.