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DEED accepting applications for broadband grants


Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – State officials are accepting applications for funding to expand broadband infrastructure in areas of Minnesota that don’t have adequate high-speed internet service.

Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the $20 million Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program in May. Under the measure, groups can apply for up to $5 million in funding to build out broadband infrastructure in their communities. Applicants must have at least a 50 percent funding match for their projects.

“Border-to-border access to reliable high-speed internet coverage will be essential to Minnesota’s continued economic growth,” said Governor Dayton. “These competitive grants will help move our state closer to that important goal.”

The Office of Broadband Development within the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is managing the grant program and application process.

“Our goal is to ensure all Minnesotans have access to broadband,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Thanks to Governor Dayton and the Legislature, the state now has a fund dedicated to spur the development of high-speed internet availability for Minnesota consumers, businesses and schools.”

The Office Broadband Development, which was created during the 2013 legislative session to direct broadband planning and policy statewide, held meetings in seven Minnesota cities this summer to discuss the proposed application process for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program and to obtain feedback.

Eligible applicants for grants under the program can include incorporated businesses and partnerships, political subdivisions, Indian tribes, Minnesota nonprofits, cooperative associations and limited liability corporations.

Applications must include information on the location of the project, the type and quantity of infrastructure that would be needed, the total cost of the project, and the sources of funding that will supplement any grant award.

Application materials and other details are available on the DEED website at http://mn.gov/deed/about/contracts/.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For .....
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Community notification meeting in Rushford, Minn.

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford State of Minnesota

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office and Rushford Police Department are releasing information pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.052 to the community, regarding a Level 3 predatory offender moving to the community of Rushford. This offender is not ..... 
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State Gains 6,100 Jobs in August

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 6,100 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The August gains, combined with July figures that were ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have not moved in the past week, averaging $3.34/g, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallo ..... 
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Child care town hall taking place in Preston Sept. 16

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ååMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - When we think about jobs and economic development, we don’t often think about child care. But that’s exactly what communities in Greater Minnesota have been thinking about when it comes to rural growth and revitalizatio ..... 
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Eye on propane as winter approaches

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

As temperatures begin to drop, and leaves begin to change color, Governor Mark Dayton is keeping a close eye on the supply and price of propane and other heating fuels. Last year, the coldest winter in 50 years caused a severe propane shortage that ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.33/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has increa ..... 
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DEED awards 16 grants to train lower-income and current Minnesota workers

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded grants totaling $1,904,435 under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 1,199 lower-income individuals and 505 current workers. Twelve Low ..... 
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State loses 4,200 jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 4.5 percent

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 4.5 perc ..... 
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