Roundup-November 27, 2017

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November 27, 2017

DEED in the News

Mining truck and other equipment

Iron Range Facing Tight Labor Market
Mesabi Daily News-11/18/17

Unemployment rates on Minnesota’s Iron Range reached 4 percent last month, their lowest point since the turn of the century as the region’s numbers reflect its rebounding mining industry. DEED regional analyst Erik White said laid off miners are going back to work, while others are finding employment in new fields, thanks to support from the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program. 

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith

Faster Internet for Rural Minnesota
Minneapolis Star Tribune-11/22/17

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith said DEED's Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program is helping to erase a significant divide between areas of Greater Minnesota and more densely populated communities with robust high-speed internet access. Smith and Commissioner Hardy last week announced $26 million in grant funding for broadband projects. 

Royalton Awarded DEED Grant for Industrial Park
AM 1240 WJON-11/20/17

A $200,000 grant from DEED will help Royalton jump-start its 15-year-old industrial park. Mayor Andrea Lauer says city officials are excited about the grant and what it may do for the community. "Economic development in rural Minnesota is kind of an uphill battle. Any time we can get something that can make us a little bit more competitive, we really appreciate that." 

Recent Press Releases

DEED Awards $26 Million in Broadband Grants

Grants totaling $26 million for 39 broadband infrastructure projects were awarded via the 2017 Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program. The projects will provide 9,973 households, 2,169 businesses and 60 community institutions across Minnesota with access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet. 

Recent Blog Posts

Older woman office worker

DEED's Senior Community Service Employment Program helps older workers find jobs and employers fill openings. Eligible men and women who are 55 and older can participate. Read more at the DEED Developments Blog.

Did You Know?

Family shopping ranked Minnesota 11th in its study of the most affordable states in the country for middle-class families. In general, the Midwest did well in the study, with Iowa finishing first, South Dakota second and North Dakota fifth.