Economic Gateway http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com Great River Energy News RSS Feed Sat, 24 Feb 2018 04:30:25 +0000 en-US Minn. native's Bitcoin brilliance propels him onto prestigious Forbes '30 under 30' list http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/62/minn.-native's-bitcoin-brilliance-propels-him-onto-prestigious-forbes-'30-under-30'-list http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 MOORHEAD, Minn.—Olaf Carlson-Wee is a 28-year-old, San Francisco-based cryptocurrency hedge fund founder and CEO. He's also the Head of Risk and Product Manager of Coinbase, one of the most well-known digital currency exchanges in the world. For all intents and purposes, Carlson-Wee is the Wolf of Crypto Street. Carlson-Wee, a Moorhead,... Regional Director for Small Business Development Center greeted http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/61/regional-director-for-small-business-development-center-greeted http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 NEW ULM — The Willkommen Committee recently greeted Mike Hahn, the new Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center in Mankato. SBDC is a member of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce. Mike brings years of community and economic development experience to his position. Originally from Iowa, Mike and his... USA Today names Minnesota best-run state http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/60/usa-today-names-minnesota-best-run-state http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Minnesota is the best-run state in the nation, according to a new study from USA Today. The study cites Minnesota’s strong fiscal management, low unemployment and poverty rates, above-average median household income, and the state’s nearly perfect credit rating. Since ranking 10th in 2012, Minnesota has consistently climbed in the rankings under... Hagen resigns, Aitkin County Growth seeks new director http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/59/hagen-resigns,-aitkin-county-growth-seeks-new-director http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 After three years as executive director of Aitkin County Growth, Mike Hagen has decided it is time to shift his focus to his family. He resigned in December. Chairman Bill Ford will be filling in intermittently until a new director is found. Hagen first joined Aitkin Growth following his retirement as... Junior Achievement: Preparing the future workforce http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/58/junior-achievement:-preparing-the-future-workforce http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Aitkin Action Alliance member Kurt Klicker of Neighborhood National Bank in Aitkin has a mission to bring the Junior Achievement (JA) of the Upper Midwest programs to Aitkin Schools.  JA empowers students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real... 18 Best Places to Travel in 2018 http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/57/18-best-places-to-travel-in-2018 http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 There's a phrase we like to use at Traveler to describe certain destinations: "It's having a moment." It comes up a lot—that near-impossible-to-pin-down, can't-put-our-thumb-on-it logic as to why you should visit somewhere, now. We feel an urgent need to get to Antarctica; to visit the Azores before the crowds do; to discover... Techstars launches Minnesota accelerator for agriculture and food startups http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/56/techstars-launches-minnesota-accelerator-for-agriculture-and-food-startups http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 International startup accelerator Techstars announced today that it is launching a new ag tech accelerator in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Called the Farm-to-Fork Accelerator, the program will be managed by Brett Brohl, previously an entrepreneur in resident at Techstar’s Retail Accelerator, also based in Minnesota. Cargill and Ecolab, some of the largest... Minnesota is becoming the center of the Midwest’s retail tech universe http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/55/minnesota-is-becoming-the-center-of-the-midwest’s-retail-tech-universe http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Minnesota is home to a number of Fortune 500 retail companies like Target, Best Buy, and Supervalu. It also boasts a number of Fortune 500 companies that build out the entire retail ecosystem, including supply chain companies such as CH Robinson and CPG manufacturers such as General Mills and 3M.... How Minnesota Uses Its Resources to Drive and Thrive Entrepreneurship http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/54/how-minnesota-uses-its-resources-to-drive-and-thrive-entrepreneurship http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 A network of resources, wealth of talent, access to capital fuel entrepreneurial growth Minnesota offers a full menu of resources that drive entrepreneurship — from access to a wide network of investors and venture capitalists as well as public and private research & development accelerators to university-based entrepreneurial programs and business... Innovation http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/53/innovation http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Minnesota is a great place for innovation Minnesota is a great place for innovation – it’s embedded in our identity. Earlier this year, Minneapolis was named as one of the best startup cities in the Midwest. Minnesota annually ranks among the top five states in new patents per capita and is home to leading technology businesses.... DEED Awards $4.3 Million for Transportation Infrastructure http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/52/deed-awards-$4.3-million-for-transportation-infrastructure http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Projects in Pennington County, Duluth, Brooklyn Park and Chaska approved for funding ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded grants totaling nearly $4.3 million for four transportation infrastructure projects that will encourage economic growth.  The funding was awarded through DEED’s Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure (TEDI) Program for... Great River Energy certifies new round of data center megasites http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/51/great-river-energy-certifies-new-round-of-data-center-megasites http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Data centers have become integral to everyday life. They provide the security and bandwidth needed to store and process information, making tasks such as email, streaming video and transferring money possible. The demand for data centers will continue, as companies such as telecommunication providers, banking and healthcare institutions depend on fast,... Shamrock Township Broadband Expansion http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/49/shamrock-township-broadband-expansion http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 There are 374 households near Big Sandy Lake in Aitkin County that will benefit from a recently awarded grant which will increase broadband access in the underserved area. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced on Nov. 21 that $26 million in grants were awarded to bring broadband access... Amid worker shortage, DEED prioritizes investment in employment training programs http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/48/amid-worker-shortage,-deed-prioritizes-investment-in-employment-training-programs http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has set aside more than $160 million to fund job training and placement programs in the 2018 fiscal year — an amount exceeding 30 percent of the agency’s $485.4 million budget. That's on top of the more than $205 million the agency spent on... Lt. Governor Tina Smith, Department of Employment and Economic Development Announce $26 Million for 39 Broadband Projects Across Greater Minnesota http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/10/lt.-governor-tina-smith,-department-of-employment-and-economic-development-announce-$26-million-for-39-broadband-projects-across-greater-minnesota http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 New round of grants will expand high-speed internet access to 9,973 households, 2,169 businesses, and 60 community institutions in Greater Minnesota New state grant funding will leverage an additional $34 million in private and local funding State grant program has invested a total of $85 million, provided 33,852 households, 5,189 businesses, and... How This Midwestern City is Leading America in Retail Tech http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/11/how-this-midwestern-city-is-leading-america-in-retail-tech http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Last year, the top three executives at workforce management startup Branch Messenger decamped from Pasadena, California–based Idealab, the United States’ oldest surviving technology incubator, midway through their stint there. Their destination: Minneapolis. Of 150-plus Idealab startups birthed over two-plus decades, 45 have achieved successful exits. In Pasadena, Branch’s founders had seasoned mentors... NUMC is 2017 Business of the Year http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/12/numc-is-2017-business-of-the-year http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce has named New Ulm Medical Center the 2017 Business of the Year. A banquet to celebrate this distinction was held on November 14th at the New Ulm Event Center. Healthcare in New Ulm can trace its long, rich heritage back to 1883 when Father Alexander Berghold... The Millennial Worker http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/13/the-millennial-worker http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Minnesota’s labor force is undergoing a major shift. With baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) retiring from the workforce, millennials (those born between 1981 and 1999) are replacing them.  In fact, millennials are now the largest generation in the state workforce, accounting for 36 percent of all jobs in... Quad Graphics sponsors job fair for displaced workers http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/14/quad-graphics-sponsors-job-fair-for-displaced-workers http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 The Waseca Chamber of Commerce and Quad Graphics are sponsoring a job fair to help find new positions for workers displaced by Quad Graphic's impending closure. On Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. anyone seeking work can visit the job fair at the Star Fire Event Center in Waseca.... Minnesota named 'Best-Run State in the Nation' in new study http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/15/minnesota-named-'best-run-state-in-the-nation'-in-new-study http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Minnesota is the best-run state in the nation, according to a new study from USA Today that cites Minnesota’s strong fiscal management, low unemployment and poverty rates, above-average median household income, and the state’s nearly perfect credit rating. Since ranking tenth in 2012, Minnesota has consistently climbed in the rankings under the... Job Expansion in Minnesota: Eight Years Strong http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/16/job-expansion-in-minnesota:-eight-years-strong http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 In September, the Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.2 percent.  The state gained 6,400 jobs in September. Over the past year, Minnesota gained 41,259 jobs, an increase of 1.4 percent. U.S. job growth, same time period, was 1.2 percent.... SCC boosting opportunity to earn credit for work experience http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/17/scc-boosting-opportunity-to-earn-credit-for-work-experience http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 When Jennifer Epper decided to go back to college part time while also working in restaurant marketing, she expected it would take her three years to earn an associate's degree. Thanks to credits for prior experience, the St. Peter mother of three will receive her marketing management degree from South Central... State Exports Climb 11 Percent in Third Quarter http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/18/state-exports-climb-11-percent-in-third-quarter http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Sales of $5.4 billion are highest in nearly three years Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products reached $5.4 billion in the third quarter, their highest level since late 2014, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  State exports were up 11 percent... Precision Ag Tech tools make farmer better steward of land http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/19/precision-ag-tech-tools-make-farmer-better-steward-of-land http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Kevin Poppel’s most trusted tool is his iPad. That’s because precision agriculture is the basis for every decision he makes at Poppel Family Farms between Lake Crystal and Madelia. “Today we don’t plant or fertilize or spray without some sort of precision-type recommendation,” Poppel said. Precision agriculture uses farm data and satellites... Local business starts production at Clair Nelson Center http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news/p/item/20/local-business-starts-production-at-clair-nelson-center http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/mncooperativesites/news Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Friday afternoons at the Clair Nelson Center in Finland are normally pretty quiet and this was no different. In the meeting room near the front, a couple of people were working quietly on laptop computers and further into the building the soft sounds of rising alt-country star Justin Townes Earle drift out...