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our workforce is the most important driver of economic growth.

Without access to a workforce whose skills are aligned with business needs, or if access to training for new and existing workers is not available, businesses will not develop or expand in our communities. Minnesota needs K-12 schools that prepare students to successfully continue their education or join the workforce, and higher education and workforce training programs that are aligned with our economic needs.

The GMNP supports efforts that:

  • Enhance partnerships between education providers, local employers, and communities.
  • Improve and reimagine both employer-based and credentialed workforce training, and mitigate achievement gaps equitably in all corners of the state.
  • Encourage worker relocation to areas of need, or that reduce the barriers that workers face in relocating to a new community.

Strategic, targeted investments in project-focused opportunities are an effective way to spur economic and workforce development.

The GMNP supports the state maintaining and growing investments in programs that have a proven record in creating job growth, maintaining existing employment, or enhancing innovation and the adoption of new technologies. In addition to supporting continued state investments in these programs, the GMNP supports programmatic changes that more effectively and efficiently address the needs of Greater Minnesota communities, businesses, and employees.

Latest Updates

DEED: Minnesota added 9,500 jobs in November

By ennelson@flaherty-hood.com | December 21, 2023

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported on December 21 that November marked the fifth consecutive month of job growth in the state. The unemployment rate also dropped slightly to 3.1%, below the national average of 3.7%. Read the full press release here. Contact: info@gmnp.org (651) 259-1908

Minnesota Housing announces 2023 project funding selections totaling $348 million

By ennelson@flaherty-hood.com | December 20, 2023

On December 15, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) announced their 2023 project selections. According to the MHFA, the projects selected for funding in 2023 will make available a total of 4,720 housing units and manufactured home lots. Roughly 2,270 of these units are located in Greater Minnesota. The 2023 project selections will receive a…