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August 04, 2017

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A region-by-region look at Minnesota's economy
In a recent story about Utah’s economy, the New York Times concluded that the biggest economic concern in the state is no longer a lack of jobs, but a lack of workers. Businesses all over the state are struggling to expand because of a labor shortage. The newspaper easily could have...
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July 14, 2017

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Minnesota ranked 3rd on Top States for Business list
Minnesota is the third best state for business, according to CNBC’s annual “America’s Top States for Business” rankings. The North Star State got high marks for education and quality of life, ranking second overall in each. "The credit for our state's continued economic success belongs to the people of Minnesota. I...
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June 14, 2017

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USDA seeks applications for grants to support the development of rural community facilities
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for technical assistance and training grants in the Community Facilities program. “Too often, rural community organizations lack the technical expertise they need to access federal dollars,” Perdue said. “These technical assistance and training grants will help...
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April 27, 2017

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Broadband project grants will expand high-speed service to rural areas
A round of grants announced at the start of the year by the state and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will help provide reliable, affordable high-speed internet to currently unserved or underserved rural areas of Minnesota, including in Great River Energy’s service territory. The additional $34 million in funding...
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April 27, 2017

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Your local electric cooperative: A partner in economic development
“From marketing sites and communities to project management and transaction assistance, utility economic development partners can be a resource along the entire value chain of site selection.”                                                ...
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March 01, 2017

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Plugging into economic development: A story about teamwork
The recipe for economic development – attracting more business and industry to a region – has an increasingly important ingredient: electricity. Once a straightforward utility service, electric service is now a nuanced element of economic success. Electricity may not be not top-of-mind for some people, so it may be easy to...
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January 11, 2017

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Team aims to help businesses discover unique advantages of Minnesota
Great River Energy supports businesses across a wide variety of industries throughout Minnesota due to its diverse service territory, which ranges from the outer-ring suburbs of the Twin Cities to the Arrowhead region to the north and the agricultural communities to the south. The state has not only abundant natural resources...
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The Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant program — known as the Red-Leg program — has available loans up to $740,000 for qualified projects.