Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

GMNP members invited to board meeting, conference Nov. 13

The GMNP will adopt its 2015 legislative positions, priorities and strategies at its next Board of Directors meeting, which will be held from 10:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis. All GMNP members are welcome to attend, even if you are not on the Board. Some issues being considered as possible priorities for 2015 include:

  • Broadband expansion
  • Workforce housing
  • Job training
  • Stopping excessive environmental regulations
  • Transportation funding for roads and bridges

If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding these or other possible legislative priorities, please contact Dan Dorman at dan@gmnp.org or 612-245-5204 as soon as possible so that your input can be included as we create a draft of the policy positions prior to the Nov. 13 meeting. Continue reading

Program helps businesses in Greater Minnesota grow

The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is encouraging businesses to take advantage of the Greater Minnesota Job Expansion Program, which the Greater Minnesota Partnership helped to develop and pass in the 2013 legislative session. Under this program, businesses in Greater Minnesota will receive sales tax refunds on all purchases made during a seven-year period.

To qualify for the refund, a participating business must have operated in Greater Minnesota for at least one year and must commit to expanding its workforce at a single facility. The business must increase full-time employment at the facility by two employees or 10 percent of current employment, whichever is greater, within three years. DEED will determine the size of the sales tax refund that each business will receive (up to $2 million annually and $10 million over seven years), based in part on employment and capital investments.

Click here for more information about the Greater Minnesota Job Expansion Program, and please share this information with the business community in your city!