Economic Gateway http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov City of Elk River Economic Development News RSS Feed Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:31:51 -0800 en-us More U.S. Veterans Are Off the Streets http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20073 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Number of homeless vets falls to approximately 38,000, a 5.3% decline since last year and about half the 73,367 veterans tallied in 2009 WASHINGTON—The number of homeless veterans declined in... State announces almost $88 million in housing grants http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20072 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 An infusion of $87.5 million will create and preserve 1,700 units of affordable housing across Minnesota, state officials announced Thursday. Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal said the... State announces $87 million for affordable housing http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20071 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Tue, 01 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Minnesota Housing is investing more than $80 million in projects expected to support 1,700 affordable housing units across the state. The state agency announced Thursday that 55 construction or ren... A Central Information Source on Down Payment Trends http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20070 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 As the shortage of affordable housing worsens, low down payment mortgages are playing a vital role in helping families become homeowners and stimulating housing demand. Consumers today have at thei... St. Paul Planning and Economic Development Department hires new housing director http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20069 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Sun, 30 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department announced this week that it has hired Kayla Schuchman as its new housing director. “Kayla brings a unique mix of professional ski... Mainstreams: Drop-in center offers resources for homeless youth http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20068 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Open Doors For Youth is a drop-in resource center in Elk River for youth ages 16 to 24 facing homelessness. The center is located at 554 Third St. NW, Suite 201, and is open Monday through Friday from... Teen entrepreneurs figure heavily into Elk Pride Bazaar http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20067 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Decades-old event gave local crafters, including some teens and young adults, a chance to show artistic talents and skills as promising entrepreneurs Brianna Anderson, a 2016 graduate of Elk River ... Chamber strikes gold at kickoff celebration http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20066 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Wed, 26 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Event recognizing 50 years of the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce starts the party The Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce held the kickoff to its 50-year anniversary celebration on Oct. 4 at Roc... Bank of Elk River wins two honors http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20065 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Tue, 25 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 The Bank of Elk River has won two honors recently. The bank was named the 2018 Service Business of the Year by the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce. Also, for the second consecutive year, the bank... Minnesota's ACT scores remain steady, among best in the U.S. http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20064 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Mon, 24 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Minnesota's average declined slightly but not enough to alter its best-of-the-nation standing.  Minnesota students’ scores on the ACT college entrance exam dipped slightly this year ... How Minnesota Became the Land of 10,000 Startups http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20063 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Sun, 23 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Minnesota is no stranger to big business. It’s home to such names as Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and Ecolab — all of which have made their homes in Minnesota for generations and have ... Up North Plastics to double its business park footprint http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20062 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 COTTAGE GROVE — Up North Plastics is set to expand in a big way. The business park giant will be doubling its facility size as well as nearly double its workforce. Already the fifth-larges... The University of Minnesota’s craziest, most interesting innovations http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20061 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 The University of Minnesota is a research giant. Sure, most colleges and universities have an active team of researchers, but few institutions churn out inventions at the same rate as the U. Last y... IREC: Where Are The Best And Worst Shared Renewables Programs? http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20060 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 A national scorecard released by the nonprofit Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) grades states’ shared renewable energy programs – e.g., community solar and net metering – w... Funds Available for Housing Rehab http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20156 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Improvements and maintenance are a necessary responsibility of homeownership. They pay off in a variety of ways, augmenting the aesthetics, enjoyment and value of a home. But major upgrades can be exp... Q&A with Aneela Idnani Kumar, who turned a bad habit into a Minnesota Cup-winning idea http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20059 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Tue, 18 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Aneela Idnani Kumar’s pursuit of product to help address her own mental health disorder led to her founding HabitAware, a startup that recently won the grand prize in the Minnesota Cup business-... Meet R2DMoo, the Robot Cowboy on Duty at Cargill’s Beef Plants http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20058 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Mon, 17 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Cargill’s beef plant in Schuyler, Nebraska recently welcomed a new co-worker: a remote-controlled, two-armed, bag-waving robot cowboy some are calling R2DMoo. The silly-sounding robot serves ... Retail Trade in Central Minnesota http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20057 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Bricks-and-mortar stores have been struggling nationwide in recent years, but retail jobs are still growing in central Minnesota. Retail employment and businesses in the area grew at a faster pace ... New Guide to Hiring Disabled Veterans Available http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20056 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 With record low unemployment, more and more employers are feeling the laborforce crunch, but one group of job seekers may be overlooked – disabled veterans. To raise employer awareness o... An Enterprise of Entrepreneurs http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20051 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Entrepreneurs, makers and artists networked with DEED representatives from the Offices of Small Business Assistance, Business Finance, Business Development, Small Business Development Centers, Minneso... MILE Program Approves First Round of Startup Loans http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20050 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 ST. PAUL – Four high-tech startup businesses in Minnesota, including three owned and operated by women, have been approved for interest-free loans totaling $196,000 under a pilot program at... Three Greater Minnesota Cities Awarded Infrastructure Grants http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20049 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Funding will support infrastructure improvements in Jackson, St. Joseph, and Faribault ST. PAUL – Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded just over $2.... DEED Launches Tool to Measure, Report Broadband Access http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=20048 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Check Speed Minnesota will give insight into consumer experience, inform policymakers ST PAUL - The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, located within the Minnesota Department of Employment ... Action needed now to address Minnesota's housing shortage http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=19866 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 The availability of affordable homes has been a key competitive edge in attracting families and businesses to Minnesota.  It’s hard to question the credibility of Montevideo, Minn., Mayo... SOLAR FINDS ITS PLACE IN THE SUN AMONG AMERICA'S POOR http://www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news/?item=19865 www.econdev.elkrivermn.gov/elk-river/news Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 In a white hard hat, cargo work pants and sunglasses, Krystal Ruiz climbs the scaffolding of a multifamily public housing unit on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Ruiz is installing solar panels on ...