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Commerce Department Funding to Advance Bio-Science, Renewable Energy and Global Marketplace Job Growth in Minnesota


Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced $80,000 in grants in the State of Minnesota to boost competitiveness and create jobs.

"Economic recovery and growth are top priorities for the Obama Administration," said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John R. Fernandez. "These EDA grants will boost Minnesota's competitiveness and create jobs by supporting economic development projects that will advance the bio-science and renewable energy sectors and open the global marketplace for businesses."

The investments include:

$50,000 to the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation to develop a comprehensive economic development planning program that will help the region build on its bio-science and renewable energy sector strengths to create jobs.

"The EDA investment will help identify a system and pipeline for action on investments which will further the region's growth in bio-science and renewable energy. The region is full of expertise and assets, but needs to come together with a singular plan which provides focus and opportunities for the region to compete globally," said Tim Penny, President of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

$30,000 to the Greater Metropolitan Foreign Trade Zone Commission to develop and implement a marketing plan to promote Foreign Trade Sub-Zones to all Minnesota businesses.

"This project could serve as a national demonstration in the use of Foreign Trade Sub-Zones as incentives for economic development in distressed regions," said Steve Anderson, Zone Administrator for the Greater Metropolitan Foreign Trade Zone Commission.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov):

This year, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) marks 45 years of public service, with a mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, collaboration and innovation.

AgStar's Fund is Accepting Grants for County Fair Facility Upgrades

Tue, Apr 6th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn. (April 6, 2010) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program for AgStar Financial Services, is proud to once again offer a $50,000 grant program to support County Fair Facility Upgrades. The mission of this program i ..... 
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Area food shelves stocked with energy efficient light bulbs

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

The annual Minnesota FoodShare Campaign is in full swing and local participating food shelves are stocked with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

The CFLs are part of a promotion by Tri-County Electric Cooperative to en ..... 
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Spud Boy Lunch

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Spud Boy Lunch located in Lanesboro, Minn. had a visitor this past week, Author and teacher Michael Engle from Troy, NY. Mr Engle and Co-Author Mario Monti wrote the book titled Diners of New York. The books consists of 400 diners in the state of Ne ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Senior wins trip to Washington D.C.

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Stephanie Wick, a senior at Rushford-Peterson High School, won an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC's Youth Tour Contest, Wick will represent the cooperative on the 2010 ..... 
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AgStar Fund for Rural America is Accepting Grant Applications for Feasibility Studies

Mon, Mar 29th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn. (March 29, 2010) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program for AgStar Financial Services, is offering $50,000 to rural communities as part of their Feasibility Study Grant Program. This grant program, available to ..... 
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Semcac Board names new executive director

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Wayne Stenberg has accepted the position as Semcac's new executive director according to Patty Miller, the agency's board president. Miller stated, "Stenberg will be the sixth director in the agency's 43-year history. The organization, which has its ..... 
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Haugerud joins SMG Web Design team

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Luke Haugerud was born and raised in Harmony, Minnesota. His interest in computers and technology began at an early age. He began to learn simple website design techniques while attending high school. After high school, Luke took a semester of anima ..... 
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Suckow new to Fillmore County Journal and SMG Web Design

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Sheena Suckow joined the Journal and SMG Web Design team in October 2009 as a Graphic/Web Designer.

Sheena grew up in the Decorah area and went to college at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating with a graphic com ..... 
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