DEED Roundup – August 27, 2018

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August 27, 2018

DEED In the News

DEED Program Helps Greater Minnesota Cities Rehab Housing

Old house

Many Greater Minnesota towns are dealing with the question of how to make better use of an inner core of aging houses that are often too expensive for owners to fix or lacking in the big yards and amenities favored by young home buyers.

For some communities, help is on the way from DEED's Small Cities Development Program. The agency announced in July that 35 cities will share about $19 million for fixes to homes, apartment buildings and businesses. 

Major Development Proposed in Willmar Industrial Park
West Central Tribune-8/20/18

A yet-to-be named business is interested in constructing a package sorting and distribution center in the Willmar Industrial Park, a business that could bring dozens of new jobs to the city.

CBRE Assignee, working on behalf of the business, contacted a local official about the proposed development after learning the industrial park earned Shovel Ready certification last year from DEED.

Recent Press Releases

PFA Approves $8.77 Million for Greater Minnesota Projects

Six Greater Minnesota cities were awarded $8.77 million in grants and loans from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority for water infrastructure and sanitary sewer improvements. Funding was approved for Bagley, Brownton, Elbow Lake, Eveleth, Waverly and Wheaton.

Serving Our Customers

Tom Reese

People who know how to network have a distinct edge over competitors in the job market. DEED's Tom Reese will present a workshop on Wednesday that will help participants discover how to find their next job through traditional networking methods and social networking sites. The session will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Bloomington WorkForce Center. Register here.

Recent Blog Posts

Mental health logo

For the first time, the Minnesota State Fair has a day dedicated to mental health awareness. Visitors can explore mental health and wellness resources through inspiring stage performances, music, demonstrations, yoga, information and much more. The free event is taking place today at Dan Patch Park. DEED's Vocational Rehabilitation Services program is among more than 40 organizations that are participating. has more details.

Did You Know?

Houses in a neighborhood

Minnesota has the third-highest homeownership rate in the country at 71.3 percent, according to 24/7 Wall St. That compares with a national homeownership rate of 63.1 percent. Owning a home is a sign of high financial stability among residents.