DEED Roundup – July 16, 2018

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July 16, 2018

DEED in the News

Thrivent Headquarters Project Awarded DEED Cleanup Funding
Finance and Commerce-7/13/18

Rendering of the planned Sons of Norway building

Thrivent Financial is getting a little help from the state as it starts work on its new downtown Minneapolis headquarters.

The nonprofit financial services organization is building a 350,000-square-foot office building. In support of the project, DEED awarded $755,756 to clean up petroleum and other pollutants on the 2.51-acre block.

The Thrivent project is one of 13 awarded DEED contamination cleanup grants earlier this month. A mixed-use apartment project in Uptown (shown in the rendering above) also received cleanup funding.

Recent Press Releases

DEED Awards $19 Million in Small Cities Development Grants

DEED awarded 35 grants totaling more than $19 million for projects in Greater Minnesota. The Small Cities Development Program grants help pay for rehabilitating housing and commercial buildings and updating public infrastructure in small cities and counties.

Business Services Firms Anticipate Stable Economy Next Year

Minnesota business services firms feel positive about the economy, with nearly 90 percent expecting sales revenue to increase or remain stable next year, according to a joint survey released last week by DEED and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

PFA Approves Funding for Central Minnesota Projects

The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority approved $4.15 million in state funding for water infrastructure projects in the central Minnesota communities of Eagle Bend and Clear Lake-Clearwater. Sanitary sewer rehabilitation and water main improvements are under way in Eagle Bend, while Clear Lake-Clearwater is planning improvements to a wastewater treatment plant that the two cities share.

Serving Our Customers

Trends cover showing Minnesota State Capitol building

The annual state-of-the-state issue of Trends magazine provides an overview of the Minnesota economy and takes a close look at each of the state’s six major regions. At the midway point of 2018, one issue dominates the conversation: the search for workers. The state set a fourth-quarter record with nearly 114,000 job vacancies late last year and had more open jobs than people to fill them. Pick up a free print copy in the DEED lobby or read it online.

Recent Blog Posts

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Veterans looking for a job will have a great opportunity this week: The 12th Annual Minnesota Veterans Career Fair is set for Wednesday at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. The event is the largest veterans career fair in the state and is expected to attract several hundred veterans. More details at

Did You Know?

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Minnesota was sixth in this year's CNBC Top States for Business rankings, earning especially high grades for quality of life (A+), technology and innovation (A), education (A-) and infrastructure (A-). In the 12 years since CNBC launched the rankings, Minnesota has finished among the top 10 states 10 times, including first in 2015. Texas was first this year.