Call for 2017 GSDC Innovation Awards Nominations and Applications

NEWS RELEASE

St. Cloud, MN, June 20, 2017 – The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) is accepting nominations and applications for the 2017 Innovation Awards (I-Awards) for non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

A strategic focus of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) is to foster and promote innovative thinking among area businesses and organizations.  The GSDC I-Award recognizes St. Cloud area for-profit and non-profit organizations employing innovation to solve problems and create opportunities.

Four GSDC I-Awards of $1,000 each will be presented at a meeting of all GSDC investors on November 30. One award will go to an emerging for-profit company, one award to an established for-profit company, and one award to each of two non-profit organizations.  Capital One, a past sponsor of the I-Awards, is this year’s sponsor, once again.

Information about nominating a candidate and applying for the awards can be found at www.GreaterStCloud.com.  Links to nomination and application forms are found on the home page.  Nominations will be accepted through July 15.  

Past GSDC I-Award recipients include Rollga, GNP, Operation Baby New Year, St. Cloud Youth Leadership Academy, Park Industries, Rejuv Medical, Catholic Charities, Anna Marie’s Alliance, Coldspring, Global Edge, Microbiologics, Orange Oak Advertising, Cloud Co-Working and Geo-Comm. 

About the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is a non-profit (501c3) collaboration of more than 250 regional public and private organizations in Central Minnesota.  The GSDC is leading a community-wide commitment to harness the vast resources of the region, facilitate community, education, and business collaboration, expand the talent base, spearhead economic development efforts, and make the greater St. Cloud area one of the best places to live, work and engage.  The GSDC is funded through business investor contributions, personal contributions and grants, and all actions are self-governed by the organization’s investors, boards and various committees.  Learn more at www.greaterstcloud.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted on June 20, 2017 .

GSDC Investor Helps Employers Understand Immigrant Workforce

 Filsan Consultant, LLC realized the need to provide employer training to business owners and their staff on how to integrate New American and immigrant employees into their company. Filsan offers training and educational opportunities focused on the inclusion and integration of minority populations to businesses and organizations in the greater Central Minnesota area.  Filsan connects immigrant employees, community members and companies with resources to foster a closer relationship, and helps local businesses to expand and grow while hiring more competent workers.  For  Employers , Filsan provides individualized training about employer engagement in immigrant integration at the actual worksite. It holds trainings tailored for employers such as understanding the Somali culture, managing conflicts in the company and translating company’s policies in Somali.   Filsan equally provides  On-the-job training for Employees  which includes attendance, performance, workplace ethics, and resecting company’s policies, practices, and procedures. Filsan trains the employees to understand the management’s goals and know their rights. It also trains immigrant workers on the expectations and cultural norms to apply in order to succeed and advance in the America’s workforce.  Hudda Ibrahim, the president of Filsan Consulting LLC, is a community bridge builder, mentor, proponent of women’s empowerment, peace activist, author, aspiring entrepreneur, and source of inspiration to students. She is the author of  From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis.  The book which displays her experiences, knowledge, and passion for helping immigrants integrate into the American way of life is aimed at helping Minnesota build a stronger, more inclusive community in which all can flourish. 

Filsan Consultant, LLC realized the need to provide employer training to business owners and their staff on how to integrate New American and immigrant employees into their company. Filsan offers training and educational opportunities focused on the inclusion and integration of minority populations to businesses and organizations in the greater Central Minnesota area.

Filsan connects immigrant employees, community members and companies with resources to foster a closer relationship, and helps local businesses to expand and grow while hiring more competent workers.

For Employers, Filsan provides individualized training about employer engagement in immigrant integration at the actual worksite. It holds trainings tailored for employers such as understanding the Somali culture, managing conflicts in the company and translating company’s policies in Somali.

 Filsan equally provides On-the-job training for Employees which includes attendance, performance, workplace ethics, and resecting company’s policies, practices, and procedures. Filsan trains the employees to understand the management’s goals and know their rights. It also trains immigrant workers on the expectations and cultural norms to apply in order to succeed and advance in the America’s workforce.

Hudda Ibrahim, the president of Filsan Consulting LLC, is a community bridge builder, mentor, proponent of women’s empowerment, peace activist, author, aspiring entrepreneur, and source of inspiration to students. She is the author of From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis. The book which displays her experiences, knowledge, and passion for helping immigrants integrate into the American way of life is aimed at helping Minnesota build a stronger, more inclusive community in which all can flourish. 

Order your copies from Amazon:

 https://www.amazon.com/Somalia-Snow-Central-Minnesota-Somalis/dp/1592987788/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496344925&sr=8-1&keywords=from+somalia+to+snow

And Itasca Book distribution:

http://www.itascabooks.com/from-snow-to-somalia.html

For more information about Filsan Consultant LLC, please visit www.filsanconsultant.com

Or email: filsanconsultant@outlook.com

Address: 355 5th Avenue S, #134

St. Cloud, MN 56301

Tel: 612-987-7323

Posted on June 9, 2017 .

Minnesota Legislature and Governor Approve Funding for St. Cloud Regional Airport Study

  News Release

Minnesota Legislature and Governor Approve Funding for St. Cloud Regional Airport Study

 St. Cloud, MN, June 1, 2017– The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation led a successful effort to secure funding for a grant to study air transport optimization planning for the St. Cloud Regional Airport.  The appropriation was included in the transportation bill approved by the Minnesota legislature and signed in to law this week by Governor Dayton.

This one time appropriation of $250,000 will be used to conduct an air transport optimization planning study for the St. Cloud Regional Airport. The study must be comprehensive and market-based, using economic development and air service expertise to research, analyze, and develop models and strategies that maximize the return on investments made to enhance the use and economic impact of the St. Cloud Regional Airport.

In collaboration with the city of St. Cloud and area counties, the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation will lead efforts to develop the study, provide project management and assist with communication with various stakeholders in Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties.

By January 5, 2018 a report with recommendations based on the findings of the study must be submitted to the governor and the members and staff of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over capital investment, transportation, and economic development with recommendations based on the findings of the study.  The city of St. Cloud will serve as the fiscal host for the grant funds. 

In a related subject, the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Legislative Connections: Session Wrap Up Breakfast on June 9.  More information is available at https://www.stcloudareachamber.com/Special-Events/Legislators or by calling (320) 251-2940.

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About the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) is a non-profit (501c3) collaboration of more than 250 regional public and private organizations in Central Minnesota.  Its mission is to lead economic development for the benefit of the Greater St. Cloud region. Strategic initiatives include business retention, expansion and attraction, transportation, talent, innovation, workplace wellbeing, and Downtown St. Cloud.  The GSDC is funded through investor contributions from private businesses, higher education, public entities, personal contributions, and grants.  All actions are self-governed by the organization’s investors, boards and various committees.  Learn more at www.greaterstcloud.com.

Posted on June 1, 2017 .

From the President: I Had No Idea!

“I Had No Idea!” That was a recurrent comment from so many who attended our GSDC annual meeting on May 4th. The comment was in reference to all we have accomplished since our inception in 2011.  Over the course of 90 minutes, more than 150 GSDC investors and community partners gathered at the River’s Edge Convention Center to hear from our volunteer executive leaders and celebrate the phenomenal progress we have made in advancing the GSDC mission in the past 6 years.

Our annual report (2011 – 2016 edition) was also distributed at the event (electronic format:  GSDC Annual Report).  It showcases the results of our collective impact approach to leading economic development for the benefit of the Greater St. Cloud community – results that were made possible by nearly 37,000 executive hours volunteered and collaboration with more than 100 partner organizations.
 
Two key indicators are used in measuring our progress:  Job Growth and Wage Gains.  We are delighted to report that our Greater St. Cloud region has outpaced the state and nation in both job and wage gains from 2010 through 2016 (find details HERE ).
 
The gathering also included updates on each of our six strategic initiatives, the launch of a “strategic plan refresh” for the organization as it plans for 2018 and beyond, the introduction of a regional marketing initiative and electronic gateway to the region and its vast resources, a presentation of awards and tributes, and the transition of leadership for the GSDC Board of Directors. The ‘business feature’ segment was provided by Teresa Mogensen, Sr. VP, Xcel Energy and President, Xcel Energy Transco. Visit Annual Meeting 2017 for photos, videos and a more detailed recap of the annual meeting.
 
With the year not yet half over,  we have also hosted three additional large events in 2017. The GSDC Workplace Well-Being Summit (February 15th) provided information about and resources for how to create and sustain a culture of well-being in the workplace.  More than 425 attendees heard from 10 area executives on ways they are advancing policy, system and environment changes to support the well-being of their workforce. More information about the event is found here: Workplace Well-Being Summit 2017
 
Similarly, more than 500 people attended our GSDC Talent Summit (April 6th). This summit provided a place for job-seekers and area businesses to connect.   Visit Talent Summit 2017 for a more detailed recap of the Talent Summit. And, the GSDC Transportation Summit (April 11th) was a gathering of business leaders, elected and appointed officials, and transportation enthusiasts who heard from transportation industry leaders and an internationally known futurist, Glen Hiemstra.   Glen challenged us to think beyond the present and create a prioritized plan of action that will enable us to achieve our preferred future for regional transportation. A more complete summary of the event is found here: 2017 Transportation Summit.
 
Of note, the Events section GreaterStCloud.com showcases upcoming events and provides summaries of past events, so check it often.
 
On a personal note, June 1 marks my 4 year anniversary at GSDC.  It is truly an honor and privilege to serve this great organization as its President. I invite you to help me celebrate by stopping by the GSDC office anytime on June 1st for a piece of cake or a juicy piece of fruit.
 
Patti Gartland
GSDC President  

Posted on May 26, 2017 .

Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative Accepting Applications

Employers in the Greater St. Cloud Area can now apply for Apprenticeship Workforce Grants being offered by the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) and the Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) through June 14th. These grants are aimed at assisting employers in the creation of a registered apprenticeship program that is designed to recruit, train, and retain their highly-skilled workforce. Grant recipients are eligible for up to $5,000 for each registered apprentice. Employers in the agriculture, advanced manufacturing, information technology, healthcare, and transportation sectors are especially encouraged to apply. In addition, webinars are now being held through June 7th to assist employers in learning more about the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative.

For more information about the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative, please visit: http://www.dli.mn.gov/aai.asp

 

  For Immediate Release    May 10, 2017     Contact: Shane Delaney, DEED, 651-259-7236    shane.m.delaney@state.mn.us    James Honerman, DLI, 651-284-5313   james.honerman@state.mn.us    Apprenticeship Workforce Grants Available to Help Employers Develop Highly Skilled Workforce    Apply May 10 through June 14, free webinars explain process    ST. PAUL —  Minnesota employers can apply for a grant beginning May 10 to help them develop a registered apprenticeship program to recruit, train and retain their 21st century highly skilled workforce.  Approved applicants receive funds to offset their costs related to program development, instruction and supplies. Recipients can receive up to $5,000 for each registered apprentice.  The Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) targets employers in these five high-growth industries: advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care, information technology, transportation.  “Registered apprenticeship has long been recognized as the gold standard in employment-based career development,” said Ken Peterson, commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). “Building upon that success in the construction industry, this model can assist other industries striving to build a diverse and inclusive workforce to address the challenges of worker skills gaps, growing retirements and talent retention.”  “Apprenticeships are a win-win opportunity for both employers and employees,” said Shawntera Hardy, commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). “As we look to fill a historic number of open jobs in this state, DEED is excited to partner with DLI in this effort, which will ultimately provide Minnesota employers looking to attract skilled workers another tool in their toolbox.”   How to apply    Employers interested in this opportunity are encouraged to visit the  Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative page  on the Labor and Industry website to review requirements and submit their grant application by June 14.   Webinars   Free webinar sessions will be provided May 15 and June 7 to learn about the MAI grant opportunity. No pre-registration is required. Links to the sessions are at  www.dli.mn.gov/aai.asp .   About the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative   The grants are part of the Minnesota Apprenticeship’s five-year project to expand registered apprenticeship in Minnesota and increase apprenticeship registrations by 1,000 in 30 high-growth occupations and industries.  Currently in its second year, the initiative has helped Minnesota companies such as Fairview Health Services, Owens Corning, Potlatch and Viracon to establish innovative registered apprenticeship programs to build their future workforces.  This initiative is funded through a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and jointly administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.   Contact information   Contact Carrie Fink, MAI project manager, at 651-259-7252 or  carrie.fink@state.mn.us  with questions about the grant application process or if accommodations are needed to participate in a webinar.

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2017

Contact: Shane Delaney, DEED, 651-259-7236
 shane.m.delaney@state.mn.us

James Honerman, DLI, 651-284-5313
james.honerman@state.mn.us

Apprenticeship Workforce Grants Available to Help Employers Develop Highly Skilled Workforce
Apply May 10 through June 14, free webinars explain process

ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers can apply for a grant beginning May 10 to help them develop a registered apprenticeship program to recruit, train and retain their 21st century highly skilled workforce.

Approved applicants receive funds to offset their costs related to program development, instruction and supplies. Recipients can receive up to $5,000 for each registered apprentice.

The Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative (MAI) targets employers in these five high-growth industries: advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care, information technology, transportation.

“Registered apprenticeship has long been recognized as the gold standard in employment-based career development,” said Ken Peterson, commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). “Building upon that success in the construction industry, this model can assist other industries striving to build a diverse and inclusive workforce to address the challenges of worker skills gaps, growing retirements and talent retention.”

“Apprenticeships are a win-win opportunity for both employers and employees,” said Shawntera Hardy, commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). “As we look to fill a historic number of open jobs in this state, DEED is excited to partner with DLI in this effort, which will ultimately provide Minnesota employers looking to attract skilled workers another tool in their toolbox.”
How to apply

Employers interested in this opportunity are encouraged to visit the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative page on the Labor and Industry website to review requirements and submit their grant application by June 14.

Webinars

Free webinar sessions will be provided May 15 and June 7 to learn about the MAI grant opportunity. No pre-registration is required. Links to the sessions are at www.dli.mn.gov/aai.asp.

About the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative

The grants are part of the Minnesota Apprenticeship’s five-year project to expand registered apprenticeship in Minnesota and increase apprenticeship registrations by 1,000 in 30 high-growth occupations and industries.

Currently in its second year, the initiative has helped Minnesota companies such as Fairview Health Services, Owens Corning, Potlatch and Viracon to establish innovative registered apprenticeship programs to build their future workforces.

This initiative is funded through a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and jointly administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Contact information

Contact Carrie Fink, MAI project manager, at 651-259-7252 or carrie.fink@state.mn.us with questions about the grant application process or if accommodations are needed to participate in a webinar.

Posted on May 25, 2017 .

St. Cloud MSA Experiences Strong Economic Growth

The St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) continues to experience some of the strongest economic growth in the entire state of Minnesota. Over the past 12 months, the St. Cloud MSA witnessed a 1.4 percent increase in the number of jobs added. St. Cloud was narrowly edged out by the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (1.5 percent) for first in the state. St. Cloud’s job gains were well ahead of the Rochester MSA (up 0.8 percent), Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.2 percent), and Mankato MSA (decrease of 0.2 percent). The St. Cloud MSA continues to thrive economically, adding 1,484 jobs in the last year.

For more information, please visit DEED’s website at https://mn.gov/deed/

  For Immediate Release    May 18, 2017     Contact: Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236    shane.m.delaney@state.mn.us    Steve Hine, 651-259-7396   steve.hine@state.mn.us      State Gains 15,100 Jobs in April    ~Highest monthly jobs gain since 2013~     ~Unemployment rate steady at 3.8 percent~     ST. PAUL –  Minnesota employers added 15,100 jobs in April, the most monthly job gains in the state since September 2013, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  The state has added 34,715 jobs over the past year, a gain of 1.2 percent. U.S. jobs grew 1.4 percent during that period.  The Minnesota unemployment rate held steady in April at a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent, compared with a U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4 percent.  “This is the largest monthly jobs gain Minnesota has seen in nearly four years,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Minnesota has already added nearly 23,000 jobs in the first four months of 2017. That job growth combined with rising wages and increasing work hours all point to strong labor market conditions statewide.”  Education and health services led all sectors in April with 4,300 new jobs, followed by construction (up 3,600), government (up 3,000), professional and business services (up 2,700), manufacturing (up 1,100), other services (up 1,000), leisure and hospitality (up 500) and information (up 200).  The following sectors lost jobs: trade, transportation and utilities (down 700), financial activities (down 500) and logging and mining (down 100).  Education and health services led all sectors in job growth over the past year, gaining 18,929 jobs. Other industries that added jobs were other services (up 3,212), construction (up 3,021), professional and business services (up 2,858), government (up 2,685), financial activities (up 2,263), trade, transportation and utilities (up 1,899), information (up 1,107), logging and mining (up 787) and manufacturing (up 391).  Leisure and hospitality (down 2,437) is the only sector that lost jobs over the past 12 months.  In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.5 percent), Rochester MSA (up 0.8 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 1.4 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.2 percent). The Mankato MSA lost jobs (down 0.2 percent).  DEED has added a section to its website that examines the unemployment rate by demographics (race, age and gender) and looks at   alternative measures of unemployment.    DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the   DEED website   or follow DEED on   Twitter   .    

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2017

Contact: Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236
 shane.m.delaney@state.mn.us

Steve Hine, 651-259-7396
steve.hine@state.mn.us


State Gains 15,100 Jobs in April
~Highest monthly jobs gain since 2013~
~Unemployment rate steady at 3.8 percent~

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 15,100 jobs in April, the most monthly job gains in the state since September 2013, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The state has added 34,715 jobs over the past year, a gain of 1.2 percent. U.S. jobs grew 1.4 percent during that period.

The Minnesota unemployment rate held steady in April at a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent, compared with a U.S. unemployment rate of 4.4 percent.

“This is the largest monthly jobs gain Minnesota has seen in nearly four years,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Minnesota has already added nearly 23,000 jobs in the first four months of 2017. That job growth combined with rising wages and increasing work hours all point to strong labor market conditions statewide.”

Education and health services led all sectors in April with 4,300 new jobs, followed by construction (up 3,600), government (up 3,000), professional and business services (up 2,700), manufacturing (up 1,100), other services (up 1,000), leisure and hospitality (up 500) and information (up 200).

The following sectors lost jobs: trade, transportation and utilities (down 700), financial activities (down 500) and logging and mining (down 100).

Education and health services led all sectors in job growth over the past year, gaining 18,929 jobs. Other industries that added jobs were other services (up 3,212), construction (up 3,021), professional and business services (up 2,858), government (up 2,685), financial activities (up 2,263), trade, transportation and utilities (up 1,899), information (up 1,107), logging and mining (up 787) and manufacturing (up 391).

Leisure and hospitality (down 2,437) is the only sector that lost jobs over the past 12 months.

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.5 percent), Rochester MSA (up 0.8 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 1.4 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.2 percent). The Mankato MSA lost jobs (down 0.2 percent).

DEED has added a section to its website that examines the unemployment rate by demographics (race, age and gender) and looks at alternative measures of unemployment.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.

 

Posted on May 25, 2017 .

Investor Accolades!

Once again, our investors are in the news!  Congratulations to these!

Park Industries, named 2016 Manufacturer of the Year by the Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association.  Details here.  

Chris Coborn will be inducted in to the 2017 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame.  More Info.

The Bank of Saint Cloud project was selected as a 2016 Top Project by Finance and Commerce.  Our GSDC offices are located in this beautiful and historic building.  Groups involved included Joint Development/Ownership Team: Douglas J. Boser of Inventure Properties, LLC and Brian Schoenborn and Shannon Wiger of Spring Hill Capital, LLC.  Construction Team: Boser Construction, Inc.   Read more.

Let us know if you have something to celebrate!  Contact Sonja Gidlow at 320-252-5203 or sgidlow@greaterstcloud.com. 

Posted on May 25, 2017 .

TEDx Coming to St. Cloud! Ideas Worth Spreading

The GSDC is sponsoring the  TEDx St. Cloud event on October 12 at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud.  A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

We're looking for sponsors, volunteers and speakers. More information and speaker applications are at www.TEDxStCloud.com 

Posted on May 25, 2017 .