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Grants available for greater Minnesota job training program

State Reps. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, and Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, encourage area businesses to apply for grants of up to $100,000 that can be used to train workers in new jobs all across Greater Minnesota.

State Reps. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, and Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, encourage area businesses to apply for grants of up to $100,000 that can be used to train workers in new jobs all across Greater Minnesota.

Grant awards may be used by new or expanding businesses to pay direct training costs, including wages for on-the-job training. Training may be provided in-house, by institutions of higher education, by federal, state or local agencies, by consultants, or by equipment vendors. A one-to-one funding match is required.

The funding is available through the Job Training Incentive Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Only businesses outside the seven-county Twin Cities metro area are eligible and other qualifications exist.

Applications will be accepted starting Oct. 15. For information, visit www.mn.gov/deed or email jodie.greising@state.mn.us .

"This legislation will help connect people in Greater Minnesota with better paying jobs," Heintzeman said. "I am hopeful that businesses and folks in our communities will take advantage of this program as we look for ways to address workforce challenges that are unique to Greater Minnesota."

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"Employers in Greater Minnesota often find it difficult to find qualified applicants to fill positions," said Lueck. "On the other hand, we have a lot of people who are ready to work and can do the job if they just get the right training. These grants help on both accounts and I urge local employers to participate and help open the door to new jobs in our area."

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