Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Businesses in Greater Minnesota can receive up to $100k in job training grants

DEED recently began accepting applications for its employer-driven job training program – a program that the Greater Minnesota Partnership and Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities researched, drafted and advocated for since 2013. The program provides grants of up to $100,000 that businesses can use to train workers in new jobs. A total of $900,000 is available through June 30, 2016 and an additional $900,000 will be available July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The awards are given on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Oct. 15, and a business needs to match the grants on a one-to-one basis. Only Greater Minnesota businesses are eligible.

As opposed to other state job training programs, under this grant program training may be provided in-house or by private facilities. Some areas in Greater Minnesota lack convenient access to a higher education institution, and this program can help address the ongoing and dramatic increase in full-time private job vacancies in Greater Minnesota (which has seen a 126 percent increase since 2006, compared to a 46 percent increase in the metro area during the same period, according to DEED data).

More information on the grants, as well as a concise guide to the program, is available here (click on “Job Training Incentive Program”).

Requests for broadband funding nearly triple the amount available

The application period for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program closed Sept.15, and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) reported Wednesday that 44 entities submitted applications with funding requests totaling more than $29 million. The applicants are competing for just over $10 million in available funds. DEED will now review and score the applications, with plans to announce the grant awards in November.

If you are considering applying but missed the application deadline, entities may still submit an “expression of interest” for future funding until Oct. 1 at Continue reading