Deadlines approach for child care grants

Two deadlines are approaching for grants available to child care providers and communities looking address child care shortages. Providers looking to access the $53 million available in COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care, a program funded through the federal CARES Act and sponsored by the MN Department of Human Services, have until Oct. […]

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Blandin’s Broadband Conference to take place over 4 weeks

The Blandin Foundation is holding its annual Broadband Conference in a very different way this year. Rather than a usual 1-2 day conference filled with back-to-back seminars and panel discussions, this years’ conference will take place over four weeks. And thanks to broadband, the conference will be 100% virtual. With the use of a virtual […]

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Annual survey DEED/Minneapolis Federal Reserve examines business service firms’ current conditions, future expectations

Each year since 2006, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota have conducted a survey of Minnesota business services firms, such as engineers, accountants, architects and others, about their outlook on industry trends and the business climate. The results of the 2020 survey were recently released […]

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First Children’s Finance seeks rural communities to partner on child care initiative

First Children’s Finance is looking to partner with communities from Greater Minnesota for their Rural Child Care Innovation Program. The Innovation Program, funded through grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, provides funding and technical support to assist communities in developing solutions to increase the supply of high-quality affordable child care. The program aims to: […]

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New website provides access to Minnesota’s ‘COVID-19 checkbook’

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) launched a new webpage this week that outlines the state’s COVID-19 financial status. The Minnesota COVID-19 Checkbook provides direct access to budget and payment information as it relates to COVID-19-related funding. The figures are updated daily based on accounting data and actual agencies’ revenue and expenditure transactions. The checkbook includes […]

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Reminder: Call for Border to Border Broadband Grant applications

Information provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development and the Office of Broadband Development: The Office of Broadband Development (OBD) wishes to remind all potential broadband grant applicants for this year’s 2020 grant round that – prior to submitting a broadband grant application – every applicant must contact all existing wireline broadband […]

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Report says wages go farther in Greater Minnesota

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 […]

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Apply for broadband grants

The Office of Broadband Development (OBD) is soliciting applications for Border-to-Border Broadband grant funding of broadband infrastructure projects. Call for Applications – Fact Sheet 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 […]

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Governor Walz issues statewide mask mandate

Today Gov. Walz announced Executive Order 20.81 a statewide mandate requiring people in Minnesota to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces and indoor businesses. Masks are also required in outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible. The order will go into effect Friday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m. Children under 5 years old […]

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