Economic Development & Job Creation

Supporting Economic and Workforce Development

Senate DFLers supported a supplemental Jobs and Economic Development budget that will develop workers and support Minnesota small businesses. Funding included in the bill will support:

  • $2 million for costs related to hosting the 2026 Special Olympics in Minnesota.
  • New funding to expand the reach of the PROMISE Act, which supports Minnesota small businesses and entrepreneurs. Funding changes include:
    • Making $1 million available to businesses in the Uptown corridor in Minneapolis. o $3 million for businesses within the 7-county metro outside of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
    • Establishing Explore Minnesota Film as an office within Explore Minnesota, establishing a state entity to operate Minnesota’s film production jobs program and film production tax credit program, rather than the501(c)(3) non-profit that has previously managed the programs.
  • $1 million to the Entrepreneur Fund to support small businesses in Northeast Minnesota through a revolving loan fund.
  • $1 million to the New American Development Center to provide technical assistance and financial education to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • $500,000 to the Asian Economic Development Association for asset building and technical assistance for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
  • $200,000 to the Coalition of Asian American Leaders for training and technical assistance for Asian Minnesotan women entrepreneurs and Asian-owned businesses.
  • $300,000 to Fortis Capital for a revolving loan fund to provide risk-mitigating capitol for commercial development activities in underserved communities.
  • $50,000 to the Block Builders Foundation for programming for at-risk youth, including coaching, financial literacy education, juvenile offender diversion programming, and community outreach.
  • $400,000 to the Somali Museum for capacity building.
  • $489,000 to the Center for Community Resources for a financial literacy program.
  • $700,000 to the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce to support a local workforce development pilot project that includes matching funds for Workforce Development Scholarships tied to youth employment opportunities.
  • $100,000 to Inspire Change Clinic for a health care fellowship program.
  • $250,000 to Bolder Options Youth Mentoring for academic and career focused mentorship for disadvantaged youth ages 12 to 22.
  • $1 million to Change Starts with Community for a violence prevention program.
  • $100,000 to InspireMSP for programming to expose and connect middle school students to the creative industry in Minnesota.
  • $100,000 to the Lake County Ambulance Service for an EMT training program for Cook and Lake County high school students.
  • $350,000 to the City of Austin to partner with Riverland Community College to create training programs for water and wastewater system operators.
  • $250,000 to the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches for STEM training and career preparation for BIPOC youth.
  • $100,000 to the Community Animal Medicine Professionals program to provide training, professional development workshops, mentorship and leadership programs, and more.
  • $400,000 to the Sabathani Community Center for specialized community outreach and engagement and related costs to support efforts including empowerment training for men, a truancy curriculum for youth, and wellness training for seniors.
  • $200,000 to the Jobs Foundation for training and support services for formerly incarcerated individuals in the Repowered work readiness program.
  • $1 million to African Immigrants Community Services for workforce development for New Americans.
  • $1 million to WomenVenture to support childcare providers through business training and more.
  • $1 million for the Black Chamber of Commerce for training and technical assistance for black-owned small businesses.
  • $250,000 for the Karen Organization of MN for job training and financial support for workers.
  • $100,000 to Indigenous Roots for soft skills training and career readiness for youth.
  • $100,000 for Ramsey County to support People in Action in providing workforce development programming.
  • $500,000 for the Metro Youth Diversion Center to enhance workforce development opportunities for youth with a focus on underrepresented East African students.
  • $174,000 to ISD 709 (Duluth) for a student career planning software program.
  • $171,000 to ISD 704 (Proctor) for a regional career and technical education program.
  • $1 million to the City of Brooklyn Park to expand workforce development programming serving underrepresented populations.
  • $500,000 to the Riverside Plaza Tenant Association to address employment, economic, and technology access disparities for low-income, unemployed, or under-employed individuals.
  • $300,000 to African Career Education and Resources Inc. to develop a program for health care skills training and computer skills training.
  • $75,000 for Equitable Development Action to provide technical assistance to underserved businesses.
  • $50,000 to HIRPHA International to support youth apprenticeships, entrepreneur training, and work readiness training.
  • $200,000 to YWCA St. Paul for a strategic intervention program to connect participants with meaningful, sustainable living wage employment.
  • $50,000 to the United Senior Lao-American to provide job and skills training for an underserved population.
  • $100,000 to the Hmong American Farmer’s Association for workforce readiness and skills development.
  • $240,000 to MN Zej Zog for workforce readiness and skills development.
  • $100,000 to Ramsey County for a Justice Impact Navigator to assist residents impacted by the Justice system through employment and training supports.
  • $100,000 to Ramsey County for a Digital Equity Specialist to support residents with digital literacy resources and skills to connect them with employment and training supports.
  • $100,000 to FilmNorth for efforts to attract the Sundance film festival.
  • $400,000 to the Twin Cities Urban League for capacity building and expansion of the organization’s Work Readiness Program.
  • $500,000 to the Arrowhead Economic Development Agency to expand workforce development opportunities in the region.
  • $400,000 to Ka Joog for community and cultural festivals and events.
  • $1.847 million for the Taste of Minnesota event.
  • $250,000 to the University of Minnesota to establish a Center for Nursing Equity and Excellence.

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