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When Loren and Peggy Davis realized their business, Diversified Bronze & Manufacturing, Inc. (DBM), was outgrowing its rented space in Cambridge, Minn., they sought a...
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Posted on Aug 14, 2017
Category: Business/Finance/Economy, Business Expansion, Economic Development

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund awarded the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council a $100,000 grant to build the reservation's first skate park. "We...
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Posted on Aug 10, 2017
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Most people don’t realize that all day long, as we access the internet to download and send emails, stream television shows or play online games,...
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Posted on Aug 10, 2017
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The sounds of Hancock Concrete are part of daily life in Hancock. Although not a many and frequent as bird calls, the sounds of concrete...
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Posted on Aug 09, 2017
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The SelectUSA Investment Summit boasted record attendance this year, welcoming nearly 3,000 participants from 70 foreign markets and the United States. This was the second...
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Posted on Aug 09, 2017
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VIRGINIA — Birch Botanicals, operating for the past six years has strong roots here in Minnesota. Traveling from Texas to Guatemala, and now back to...
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Posted on Aug 08, 2017
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The Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund (SMIF) held its third annual bus tour July 20, stopping at locations in Rice, Le Sueur, Sibley and Nicollet counties. One...
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Posted on Aug 08, 2017
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Career Profile and ISEEK merge. A new tool offered by DEED will enhance the ability of students and job seekers to explore careers and education.  The free Career...
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Posted on Aug 07, 2017
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Uponor North America, a company based out of Apple Valley that manufactures cross-linked polyethylene pipe and related products, is expanding its operations to Hutchinson with...
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Posted on Aug 06, 2017
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Thousands of young people will get exposure to career pathways. DEED recently awarded $7.3 million in grants that will help an estimated 5,000 young people gain...
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Posted on Aug 05, 2017
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Hope is the engine that powers change. Hope inspires communities to imagine a vibrant future for themselves and the generations to come. Lake County leaders' foresight,...
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Posted on Aug 05, 2017
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In a recent story about Utah’s economy, the New York Times concluded that the biggest economic concern in the state is no longer a lack...
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Posted on Aug 04, 2017
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Like many parts of the country, Minnesota is struggling to find workers to fill a growing number of job vacancies. One potential source of workers...
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Posted on Aug 04, 2017
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For startups, finding shareholders and investors can be essential to the success of the business. “Many businesses die from lack of funding,” David Duccini , CEO...
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Posted on Aug 04, 2017
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Minnesota broke through the 3 million jobs mark in June for the first time ever, according to DEED figures, and that is impressive.  The state added...
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Posted on Aug 03, 2017
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The developer of a new Ramsey business park has a commitment from a sports training business to move from Coon Rapids to Ramsey. According to Matt...
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Posted on Aug 03, 2017
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Statewide grants totaling $2.2 million awarded for worker retraining ST. PAUL –The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded workforce development grants totaling $2.2...
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Posted on Aug 02, 2017
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ST. PAUL—Infrastructure is becoming a Washington, D.C. hot topic. And no one is discussing it more than rural America's lawmakers. "A strong rural infrastructure is necessary for...
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Posted on Aug 02, 2017
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Minnesota surpasses 3 million total jobs for first time in state history ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s unadjusted job count passed the 3 million mark in June for...
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Posted on Aug 01, 2017
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Riverwood Healthcare Center is expanding once again. This time, the expansion – at a cost of about $14.9 million – will focus on the clinic...
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Posted on Aug 01, 2017
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Minnesota is the third best state for business, according to CNBC’s annual “America’s Top States for Business” rankings. The North Star State got high marks...
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Posted on Jul 14, 2017
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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for technical assistance and training grants in the Community Facilities...
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Posted on Jun 14, 2017
Category: Economic Development

While many rural regions have traditionally relied on one or two industries to support their economies, it’s become increasingly clear that a diversified economy helps...
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Posted on Jun 13, 2017
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Up until about 75 years ago, the majority of rural areas of the United States were literally in the dark because big power companies didn't...
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Posted on May 22, 2017
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A round of grants announced at the start of the year by the state and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will help provide...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
Category: Economic Development

“From marketing sites and communities to project management and transaction assistance, utility economic development partners can be a resource along the entire value chain of...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
Category: Economic Development

With a new assisted living/memory care facility set to break ground in its community this summer, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association – one of Great River...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
Category: Economic Development

The recipe for economic development – attracting more business and industry to a region – has an increasingly important ingredient: electricity. Once a straightforward utility...
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Posted on Mar 01, 2017
Category: Economic Development

Great River Energy supports businesses across a wide variety of industries throughout Minnesota due to its diverse service territory, which ranges from the outer-ring suburbs...
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Posted on Jan 11, 2017
Category: Economic Development

 Pictured, from left, is Jeff Borling, economic development lead, Great River Energy;  Mike Rhodes, president and co-owner, MNSTAR Technologies, Inc.; John  Damjanovich, MNSTAR's CFO; and Jeff...
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Posted on Jan 11, 2017
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Erin Sparks, economic development specialist at Great River Energy, was recently re-elected to the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) board of directors. She will...
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Posted on Jan 11, 2017
Category: EDAM, Economic Development

A major land owner is open to the city of Ramsey rezoning more of his land for a future business park north of Highway 10...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Category: Commercial Real Estate

A bit of Hollywood's glitz and glamour will soon emanate from a Park Rapids artist. Copper cuffs handcrafted by Kelly Ringer, sole proprietor of ChatterByHammer, will...
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Category: Awards and Recognition

In October, FirstLight’s WellnessFirst program was given the Well Workplace Award from a Minnesota Service Cooperative company: Resource Training and Solutions. Last month, Wellness coordinators of...
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Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Category: Awards and Recognition

The Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) recognized Dakota Electric Association and the city of Eagan for their work in attracting national data center provider,...
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Posted on Feb 17, 2015
Category: EDAM, DataBank

Uponor North America, a company based out of Apple Valley that manufactures cross-linked polyethylene pipe and related products, is expanding its operations to Hutchinson with...
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Posted on Aug 07, 2017
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CapX2020, led in part by Great River Energy, has built more than 700 miles of new high voltage electric transmission lines in Minnesota, delivering affordable, reliable electricity.