DEED Roundup – April 17, 2017

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  April 17, 2017

In the News

Crucial Need for VR Funding
DEED's Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program assists more than 17,000 Minnesotans per year. with more than 5,000 new participants enrolling each year. Without additional funding for the next biennium, the program will almost certainly have to stop enrolling all new participants – probably no later than October. If that happens, an estimated 5,800 Minnesotans per year would be placed on an indefinite waiting list.

Mychal Stittsworth in front of butcher case

Stittsworth Meats Expanding in Bemidji
Bemidji Pioneer-4/7/17
After nearly 25 years in business, Bemidji butcher company Stittsworth Meats is preparing to take another step forward, with support from DEED's Job Creation Fund.

Broadband Program Builds Connectivity
Minnesota’s nation-leading "Border to Border Broadband" competitive matching grant fund has extended the reach of high-speed internet to more than 29,000 homes and businesses, and roughly 250 community anchor institutions. But the state’s momentum in building rural broadband is seriously at risk.

Serving Our Customers

Cover of March 2017 issue of Trends magazine

Stackable credentials, the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative and the state's growing home-based care industry are among the topics covered in the latest issue of Trends magazine, produced by DEED's Labor Market Information Office. Check it out on online or pick up a free copy at the front desk on the second floor.

Recent Press Releases

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Trade Office Names Director
Gabrielle Gerbaud, a Polaris Industries manager with 14 years of experience in international business and trade, has been named executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office. Gerbaud replaces Kathleen Motzenbecker, who left late last year for an executive position with the Medical Alley Association. Gerbaud will assume leadership of the Trade Office on Wednesday.

Wabash Expanding to Little Falls
Wabash National Corp. has purchased and plans to renovate a 53-acre manufacturing site – formerly Larson Boats – in Little Falls and use it to manufacture select parts for the semi-trailer and truck body market. The company expects to create 70 jobs. DEED provided a package of incentives totaling nearly $1 million.

PFA Awards Grant for Cuyuna Project
The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority awarded a $577,000 grant that will help the city of Cuyuna rehabilitate its sewer collection system. Cuyuna, a city of about 340 people in Crow Wing County, received the grant from the PFA’s Wastewater Infrastructure Fund. Other support for the $1.34 million project includes a $464,000 grant and $289,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program and $10,000 in local funding.

Did You Know?

Rochester, Minn.

For the second year in a row, Rochester was ranked No. 1 on's list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States, in the small to midsized cities category. Also making the list were Woodbury (26th), Edina (36th), St. Paul (40th), Duluth (74th) and Eagan (89th).