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An economy thrives when it has a skilled workforce
and locally owned businesses that provide quality jobs.

The Initiative Foundation’s combination of targeted business financing and consulting services helps to leverage private investment and create living-wage employment in the region.

From 2017-2019, the Initiative Foundation's goals are to ...

  • Create 300 quality jobs
  • Retain 600 quality jobs
  • Issue $6 million in new loans, resulting in $36 million in funds leveraged
  • Increase workforce skills for 900 people
  • Increse skills and knowledge for 300 emerging entrepreneurs
  • Help create 50 new business and social enterprise ventures
  • Issue $3 million in new loans to startup businesses and social enterprise ventures

 The Initiative Foundation accomplishes results through a range of partnerships with fellow CDFI organizations* and through the following activities and programs:

Community Development Financial Institutions, or CDFIs, are certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The designation signifies that an organization meets stringent federal requirements as a financing entity with a mission to help people in underserved communities join the economic mainstream.

From Minnesota Compass ...

March 29th
Employment does not necessarily lead to health coverage for lower-income workers in the same way it typically does for higher income workers. This brief documents differences in health insurance coverage by workers’ income, and explores who is eligi…
March 8th
This report examines jobs with wages sufficient to meet basic needs in each of Minnesota's thirteen economic development regions. The "typical famliy's basic needs hourly wage" is defined by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development …
March 8th
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually.

Employement and Economic Development News ...

April 25th
Minnesota employers reported nearly 137,000 job vacancies in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 20 percent from the same period one year earlier, according to figures released today by the DEED. DEED’s biannual Job Vacancy Survey found that the state ha…
April 18th
Minnesota total over-the-year growth rebounded back into positive territory in March as employment was up 7,605 or 0.3 percent over last March.
April 16th
DEED announced today that Northrop Grumman plans to improve their existing 191,000 square foot facility in Plymouth, Minnesota.



Jeff Wig
Vice President for Entrepreneurship

(320) 631-2006

Don Hickman

 Don Hickman
Vice President for Community
 Workforce Development
(320) 631-2043

Dan Bullert

Daniel Bullert
Business Finance Manager
(320) 631-2013