News Alerts: Broadband grants up for grabs, Brainerd elementary schools earn national honor

News Alerts: Broadband grants up for grabs, Brainerd elementary schools earn national honor


All six Brainerd district elementary schools earn national Blue Ribbon honor

Brainerd Dispatch | October 1, 2014

All six of Brainerd School District's elementary schools were named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The department made the announcement Tuesday. Dayton applauded the district for the awards.

"What a phenomenal accomplishment, for which the Brainerd School Board, administrators, teachers, parents, and students should be very proud," he said in a statement. "I recently visited one of Brainerd's award-winning schools, where I saw the dedication, enthusiasm, and teamwork which made them so successful." [Read More]

Broadband grants up for grabs

Rochester Post-Bulletin | September 26, 2014

In an effort to bolster access to high-speed internet in rural areas of Minnesota, state officials plan to award $20 million in grant money for broadband infrastructure.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced it is seeking applications for the competitive grant program from businesses, local governments and nonprofits. Danna MacKenzie, director of the state's Office of Broadband Development, said she expects stiff competition for the grant dollars. About 20 percent of Minnesota households don't have access to a moderate level of broadband service, defined as at least 10 megabits download speed and 5 megabits upload speed. Applicants are eligible for up to $5 million of funding and must provide at least a 50 percent funding match. [Read More]

Minnesota receives grant of $17.5 million aimed at training factory and construction workers

Star Tribune | September 29, 2014

The federal government awarded Minnesota $17.5 million in workforce training grants to beef up hands-on education in manufacturing and construction, Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday.

The U.S. Department of Labor grants will be distributed to 14 schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system with the help of two other programs. The Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership will distribute $15 million of the grant money to 13 MnSCU schools in the Twin Cities, North Mankato, Bemidji, Duluth, Willmar and other parts of the state.

In a statement, Gov. Dayton said the federal initiative "will help train hundreds of Minnesotans for good jobs in high-demand industries. It is the new initiative we need to build on the momentum of our state’s growing economy.” [Read More]



MSP Airport Building State’s Largest Solar Energy Site

Twin Cities Business | October 2, 2014

A $25.4 million solar energy project now underway at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is being touted as the state’s largest and is expected to create more than 250 jobs. Gov. Mark Dayton joined airport officials and leaders of the Metropolitan Airports Commission Thursday morning to announce the beginning of the project’s construction. The project is expected to be complete by October 2015 and increase the state’s cumulative solar capacity by roughly 20 percent.

Dayton was on hand for a report on clean energy jobs in Minnesota. On Thursday, the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development said more than 15,300 Minnesotans were employed in the field, a 78 percent increase since 2000. [Read More]

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