The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge named St. Joseph-based Brenny Specialized, Inc. as one of the 2020 Best Fleets to Drive For.
These 20 for-hire trucking companies from across North America were recognized for providing exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and employees.
In addition to the Top 20, TC...Continue Reading
Chicago might remain the top-performing Midwest industrial market, according to Avison Young’s new Forecast 2020 report. But the mid-sized markets of Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Columbus are also showing plenty of industrial momentum, according to Avison Young’s research.
The Minneapolis industrial market is especially interesting. As Avison Young reports, the Twin Cities are...Continue Reading
“Economic success” is a critical component of the Department of Transportation’s new initiative.
Last October U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a new initiative focusing on transportation and related development challenges in rural areas. The new effort was called ROUTES — Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success...Continue Reading
Months after a court decision threw its future into question, the Line 3 pipeline replacement project is moving closer to regaining the permits it needs to begin construction.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 3 to 1 on three key approvals for the project: a revised environmental review, a certificate of need an...Continue Reading
Attracting and retaining the next generation of talent is now a critical input to the facility design process.
When looking to build a new facility or renovate an existing one, manufacturing leaders need to consider several factors for the best return on investment. In the past, operational efficiency was often th...Continue Reading
A thorough understanding of the components of each incentive program is key to a mutually successful incentive offer and ultimately a community partnership.
More Collaboration Expected
Compared to 10 years ago, there have some notable changes to today’s site selection process. I think one of the more important changes is the incentiv...Continue Reading
While there are many key factors to consider when selecting a location, the three “must haves” for entrepreneurial, high-growth companies are an existing entrepreneurial ecosystem, an affordable cost of doing business, and the “cool factor.”
I'll start off by stating the obvious…you’re reading this article because you understand the importance o...Continue Reading
Steve Grove had been with Google for more than a decade but wanted to get out of Silicon Valley. The Northfield native and his family moved back to Minnesota in 2018.
“I was always in the business development and strategy side,” Grove says. “Google didn’t have an office here. I ha...Continue Reading
A look at what makes fintech firms and ecosystems tick.
What do fintechs do all day?
“That’s the million-dollar question, right?” says Jackson Mueller, associate director at the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets. He defines fintech as “the use of technology in the provision of financial products and services.” Among th...Continue Reading
The commercial real estate marekt in the Twin Cities remained on a hot streak in the second half of 2019, with vacancies in the office, industrial and retail sectors continuing to fall.
Cushman & Wakefield, in its recently released Minneapolis/St. Paul Compass Report, said that at the end of the fourt...Continue Reading
As an industrial real estate broker in one of the country’s hottest submarkets, Patrick Turner sensed opportunity when he heard a news report announcing the closure of a national-brand bakery complex near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
“A light went off in my head,” says Turner, a vice president in the Rosemont...Continue Reading
We may one year choose to rank states’ primary workforce development programs, but not this year. That would take a panel of objective experts gauging outcomes based on copious input from program clients and many other sources. Perhaps one year.
Instead, this exercise looks in general terms at states’ workforce developmen...Continue Reading
The latest figures indicate a year-over-year decline in the number of projects awarded the green building label.
The U.S. Green Building Council has released its annual Top 10 States for LEED green building ranking. Cities and states continue to show their commitment to climate action goals, with the Leadership in Energ...Continue Reading
Doug Friednash changed his mind about recreational pot in Colorado. At the time legal marijuana was being considered by the state in 2012, Friednash was Denver’s city attorney and he and most others opposed it.
“Most people expected the sky to fall, including myself,” he recalled in a recent interview wit...Continue Reading
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is awarding $23,270,933 in Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program funds to 30 broadband projects across the state, including in Staples. The projects will bring high-quality broadband access to under-served and unserved areas of Minnesota, providing fast, reliable internet access for more tha...Continue Reading
ST PAUL -- Thousands of Minnesotans previously left in the dark will now be plugged into the internet thanks to $23 million in grants from the state.
Gov. Tim Walz announced that nearly 11,000 homes, businesses and institutions in 30 communities across Minnesota will receive state and local funds to build broadban...Continue Reading
We’re pleased to roll out a new economic development tool to promote the vitality of Minnesota’s rural communities – Telecommuter Forward! We know that fast, reliable broadband access improves quality of life, makes businesses more competitive, and provides career opportunities for our Greater Minnesota workforce. Friendly telecommuting policies build o...Continue Reading
Steve Grove believes one of the top things Minnesota needs to do to grow its economy is to embrace disruption. So it’s fitting that he’s started with the agency he oversees.
Grove, a former Google executive, was named commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in January 201...Continue Reading
The price paid for Superior Shores is believed to be a record for a North Shore retreat.
DULUTH – A large North Shore resort in Two Harbors has traded hands for what could be a record price.
Superior Shores was sold to North Shore Resort Co. for about $15 million.
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If you landed a job in the construction industry in 2019, you're not alone.
In fact, you're one of many who filled those jobs in the St. Cloud metropolitan statistical area, a federal designation that includes Benton and Stearns counties.
Construction job growth in St. Cloud's MSA has grown faster than an...Continue Reading
Superior Shores is one of four North Shore resorts now under new ownership in the past four years.
Superior Shores Resorts was sold to North Shore Resort Company for just under $15 million as of Jan. 1.
North Shore Resorts is a family owned company led by Bryce Campbell and his mother...Continue Reading
The Consumer Technology Association ranks the states on how supportive their policies are and the latest list shows innovation is not confined to the coastal tech hubs.
Nearly one third of US states (15) have been named as “innovation champions” in the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) 2020 US Innovation Scorecard.
The biennia...Continue Reading
Raising a healthy, stable family sometimes requires moving to a new state. And the reasons for moving are often similar: career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or a general desire to change settings.
But wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state. For instance, a state might offer ...Continue Reading
Last month, Minnesota Management and Budget predicted state government will have a budget surplus of $1.3 billion. This set many a tongue wagging among legislators, economists, agencies and taxpayers as to what this will mean for the state. Specifically, what can Minnesota get out of such a windfall, or i...Continue Reading