DEED Roundup – Oct. 24, 2016

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  Oct. 24, 2016

In the News

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State Firms Tap Chinese Water Sector
Minneapolis Star Tribune-10/16/16
China's growing water ­scarcity problem represents an opportunity for firms in the water sector. That certainly is the case for Twin Cities companies like Pentair and Ecolab, the biggest of an emerging Minnesota cluster of companies that make products to conserve and clean water. DEED's Steve Riedel says other Twin Cities employers also are well-positioned to sell more in China, including local operations of General Electric Co. and Dow Chemical Co.

Health Care Workers in High Demand
West Sherburne Tribune-10/20/16
The tight labor market for health workers was the subject of the Healthcare Sector Summit at the Monticello Community Center recently. DEED's Luke Greiner said the latest job vacancy survey showed there were more than 11,000 job openings in health care in central Minnesota in the second quarter of 2016. And with the aging population, the demand for nursing and residential care workers will continue to rise in the forseeable future.

State of Minnesota Career Fair logo

If you're thinking about a career change, consider working for the state of Minnesota. DEED and other state agencies will be on hand to discuss job opportunities during the State of Minnesota Career Fair this Saturday at the Minnesota Senate Building. Workshops on applying for state jobs and interviewing will be offered. Participants are urged to bring their resumes for one-on-one resume review. Learn more here.

Press Releases

Group of workers from different industries

State Gains 1,900 Jobs in September
Minnesota employers added 1,900 jobs in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures released last week by DEED. Minnesota has gained nearly 41,000 jobs in the past year.

Director of Equity Office Joins DEED
DEED has named Kolu Wilson director of the Office of Economic Equity and Opportunity. Wilson will lead the day-to-day operations of the new office, which was created by Gov. Dayton earlier this year to help workers and businesses of color find career paths and business opportunities in Minnesota.

Careers in Energy Week
In recognition of the importance of energy on the daily lives of all Minnesotans and the valuable careers this industry provides, Gov. Dayton proclaimed last week as Careers in Energy Week. The energy sector employs nearly 13,000 people in Minnesota.

DEED Awards Redevelopment Grants
DEED awarded $890,000 in grants and loans for five redevelopment projects. The agency awarded four grants under its Redevelopment Grant Program for two projects in Minneapolis and for projects in Hancock and Thief River Falls. In addition, DEED awarded a loan for a project in Mahnomen under its Demolition Loan Program.

Industrial Louvers Expanding in Delano
Delano manufacturer Industrial Louvers Inc. is planning a $2 million office expansion that will accommodate future staff growth. The company said it plans to add 11 employees in the next two years. DEED is supporting the project with a $172,802 grant from the Job Creation Fund.