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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Law provides: The department is the state’s principal economic development agency, with programs promoting business recruitment, expansion, and retention; workforce development; international trade; and community development.  The department employs all available state government resources to upgrade the skills of Minnesota’s workforce, foster economic independence and self-sufficiency, and facilitate an economic environment that produces net new job growth in excess of the national average.  (Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 116A, 116J, 116L, 116M, 248, 268, and 268A)

Commissioner: Dan McElroy 
Appointed: 2007  
Salary: $108,400

Burnsville. Notre Dame, B.A., history (1970). Burnsville city council (1983–1987); mayor, city of Burnsville (1987–1995); president, Mainline Travel, Inc. (1992–1994); principal, Travel Agency Management Solutions, Inc. (1994–2002); state representative (1995–2003); commissioner of finance (2003–2004); chief of staff to the governor (2004–2005); State of Minnesota, senior advisor to the governor on innovation (2005–2006).

1st National Bank Bldg., 332 Minnesota St., Suite E200, St. Paul 55101
(651)259-7114; Toll-free: (800)657-3858
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Function: The department supports the economic success of individuals, businesses, and communities by improving opportunities for growth.

Business and Community Development Division provides a variety of financial and technical services to business, communities, and economic development professionals. The division promotes and assists in the expansion of exports, works with companies to locate and expand in Minnesota, and helps communities with capacity-building and infrastructure-financing.

Workforce Services Development Division works with local and statewide partners to provide training and support to unemployed and dislocated workers and financial assistance to businesses seeking to upgrade the skills of their workforces. Additional services include State Services for the Blind, Rehabilitation Services, Local Labor Exchange, and Disability Determination. Many of these services are provided at Minnesota Workforce Centers, which are located throughout the state.

Unemployment Insurance Division administers the unemployment insurance program, which provides temporary income to people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Information Marketing Division supports all the department’s  activities through centralized communications and marketing, labor market research, and economic analysis products and services.

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM