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Broadband grant criteria and scoring document now available

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Office of Broadband Development, will be soliciting proposals for the 2016 Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grants. Prior to the opening of the application period on July 22, DEED is required by law to post the specific criteria and any quantitative weighting scheme or scoring system that will be used to evaluate or rank applications and award grants for this competitive grant program. Click here to view the grant criteria and scoring document.

Applications for the 2016 broadband grants will be available soon. The application period opens on July 22 and closes on Oct. 3.

For questions, call 651-259-7610 or email

Join us July 21 for the GMNP’s annual meeting

Mark your calendars! The Greater Minnesota Partnership’s annual meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 at the Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center in Austin, Minn. All members are encouraged to attend! The meeting will include update on the 2016 legislative session, and members will also discuss the GMNP’s priorities, policy positions  and strategies for 2016-2017. We anticipate that the meeting will be over by no later than 5 p.m.

Like last year, the GMNP’s annual meeting is being held during Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) Summer Conference. All GMNP members are welcome to attend the full conference as well. It will feature speakers and presentations on a number of issues that deal with economic development in Greater Minnesota, including transportation, environmental regulations, economic & racial disparities, and more. There will also be opportunities to participate in tours of unique facilities, sites and businesses in Austin, and plenty of time to network with city officials and other conference attendees. You can view the full agenda for more information about tour options, informative sessions, speakers and other highlights of the conference. If you wish to attend the full conference, please fill out this registration form and send it to the email, fax or address listed on it.

For those who are unable to stay for the full conference, GMNP members are also invited to attend the Legislative Awards Dinner on Thursday night, following the GMNP annual meeting. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. where the CGMC will honor legislators and city leaders who had a strong impact on Greater Minnesota during the previous year. The cost to attend the cocktail reception and dinner is $30 per person – spouses, colleagues and other guests are welcome.

If you wish to attend the meeting and dinner, or just the meeting (there is no cost to attend the meeting only), please  RSVP by July 11 to Julie Liew at