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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awards $127,909 in grants


Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently approved seven grants totaling $127,909 to support early childhood and economic development projects within southern Minnesota.

• $17,980 to Brown Nicollet Watonwan County Drug Court to provide a family education program for high risk families who struggle with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.

• $20,000 to Faribault Public Schools to provide school readiness programming for children ages 3-5 and their adult caregivers at the Cannon River Mobile Home Park.

• $9,929 to Goodhue Public Schools to enhance and improve the early literacy of four-year-olds through professional development and implementation of a comprehensive assessment tool.

• $20,000 to Saint Charles School District to hire a liaison that will focus on coordinating, supporting and enhancing early childhood programs in the community with focus on area child cares, preschools and the elementary school for under-served populations.

• $20,000 to Latino Economic Development Center to provide trainings and one-on-one technical assistance for Latino agricultural entrepreneurs located in southern Minn., enabling them to form small producer cooperative businesses as well as connecting them to viable markets and resources.

•$20,000 to Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation to support BizPitch’s forums to prepare entrepreneurs to present their concepts; match their clients with available resources; and mentor these business start-ups.

•$20,000 to Sibley County Economic Development Commission (SEDCO)to provide a central EDA contact in Sibley County and provide access to business and entrepreneurial expertise, education and financial support through SBDC.

Since 1986, the Foundation has provided over $26 million in grants to create economic vitality throughout south central and southeastern Minnesota.

“We are pleased to support these seven asset-based approaches to current opportunities within our focus areas, and believe they will each contribute to the economic vitality of our region,” says Tim Penny, President/CEO.

The application process and guidelines for the next Incentive Grant round will be announced in June; applications will be due August 30, 2015. For details on applying for a SMIF Incentive Grant visit [Read the Rest]

State gains 7,800 jobs in March, unemployment rate at 3.7 percent for eighth straight month

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minn. employers add 7,800 jobs in March, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency said the state has added 50,829 jobs over the past ..... 
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Spring truck weight restrictions end April 22 for south, southeast, metro frost zones

Tue, Apr 21st, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

April 21, 2015 Contact: Rich Kemp 651-366-4279 Spring truck weight restrictions end April 22 for south, southeast, metro frost zones ST. PAUL, Minn. – Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways will end April 22 f ..... 
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State gains 11,800 jobs in February Jobless rate steady at 3.7 percent

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Minn. employers added 11,800 jobs in February, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency also announced revised figures from Janua ..... 
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GasBuddy update 4.6.15

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

MARCH 30- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have risen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.30/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that has in ..... 
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AgStar contributes $2,500 to Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

OWATONNA, MINN. - AgStar is providing $2,500 to support Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) general endowment fund. AgStar has been an annual supporter of SMIF since 2007. “AgStar has invested more than $185,000 in SMIF over the ..... 
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January unemployment rate steady at 3.7 Percent

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in January, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate in Janu ..... 
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Budget surplus boomlet

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans had some good news to announce in late February, reporting that the 2016-2017 budget surplus estimate had swelled to $1.87 billion. Just last December the estimated surplus was $1 billion. ..... 
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Minnesota traffic deaths continue downward trend in 2014 Projected final number would be second lowest since World War II

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Last year marked continued progress in improving traffic safety on Minnesota roads as preliminary data reveal traffic deaths falling to a near record low. According to the latest preliminary numbers from the Minnesota Department of ..... 
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