Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Report says wages go farther in Greater Minnesota

The maps show that once the cost of living is factored in for monthly wages, Greater Minnesota residents are spending a smaller percentage of their monthly wages on cost-of-living expenses.

Comparing wages across the state of Minnesota often shows that Greater Minnesota communities have lower median monthly wages. However, this may not show the whole picture. The Center for Rural Policy and Development recently published an article titled “Wages can go farther in greater Minnesota.”

This study found that when comparing wages to cost of living by region, counties in western and southern Minnesota have a much lower cost of living than their metro counterparts. This makes their monthly cost of living a much smaller percentage of their median monthly wage. According to the study, central and northeast Minnesota have more low-paying jobs and a slightly higher cost of living than the rest of Greater Minnesota. Continue reading

Apply for broadband grants

The Office of Broadband Development (OBD) is soliciting applications for Border-to-Border Broadband grant funding of broadband infrastructure projects.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. on Sept. 30. Application submittals must be via electronic documents in Microsoft Word and PDF formats on a USB drive. Application proposals must be mailed to:

Office of Broadband Development
MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101-1351

For questions regarding the application process, contact OBD staff at 651-259-7610 or