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Employment and Economic Development Department
Function: The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency, with programs promoting business recruitment, expansion, and retention; workforce development; international trade; and community development. The agency's mission is to support the economic success of individuals, businesses, and communities by improving opportunities for growth.
Active dates:2003 -
The Employment and Economic Development Department (DEED) was created in July 2003 with the merger of the former Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED) and the Minnesota Department of Economic Security (MDES).
The agency was originally created in 1977 as a merger of the former Departments of Employment Services and Vocational Rehabilitation, the Governor's Manpower Office, and the Economic Opportunity Office, which administered anti-poverty programs. In 1985, State Services for the Blind joined the department, which was renamed the Department of Jobs and Training.
The original name, Minnesota Department of Economic Security, was restored in 1994 by the legislature since it fully reflected the role, mission, and responsibility of the agency.
Minnesota's first economic development agency - the Department of Business Research and Development - was created in 1947 and also has undergone several legislative reorganizations. Its name changes include the Department of Business Development in 1953 and the Department of Economic Development in 1967.
A 1981 legislative restructuring included the addition of many community development and energy development programs and it became the Department of Energy, Planning and Development. In 1983, yet another reorganization led to the creation of the Department of Energy and Economic Development.
The agency became known as the Department of Trade and Economic Development in 1987, when the state's international trade activities were returned to the agency's purview and energy programs were transferred to the Department of Public Service. In 2000, legislative action led to the transfer of the Dislocated Worker Programs from MDES to the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board unit within DTED.
(History information taken from DEED Website 10/15/10.)
Effective July 1, 2003, the name of the Department of Trade and Economic Development is changed to the Department of Employment and Economic Development. (2003 First Special Session Chapter 4)
Matt Kramer (former DTED Commissioner), June 2003 - April 3, 2006; Dan McElroy, January 2007 - December 2010; Mark Phillips, January 19, 2011 - October 19, 2012; Katie Clark Sieben, October 2012 - April 22, 2016; Shawntera Hardy, April 2016 -
2/9/2015 - DEED spokeswoman Madeline Koch says Cathy Polasky, who recently retired as director of Economic Policy and Development for the City of Minneapolis, will run the department on an interim basis when Commissioner Sieben is on maternity leave.
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