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SF 2370

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/20/2019 04:05pm

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; appropriating money to close the opportunity
gap.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
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new text begin The sums shown in the columns marked "Appropriations" are appropriated to the agencies
and for the purposes specified in this article. The appropriations are from the general fund,
or another named fund, and are available for the fiscal years indicated for each purpose.
The figures "2020" and "2021" used in this article mean that the appropriations listed under
them are available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, or June 30, 2021, respectively.
"The first year" is fiscal year 2020. "The second year" is fiscal year 2021. "The biennium"
is fiscal years 2020 and 2021. "Each year" means each of fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
new text end

new text begin APPROPRIATIONS
new text end
new text begin Available for the Year
new text end
new text begin Ending June 30
new text end
new text begin 2020
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginDEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT
AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Total Appropriation
new text end

new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 13,397,000
new text end
new text begin $
new text end
new text begin 12,900,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin 2020
new text end
new text begin 2021
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 6,975,000
new text end
new text begin 6,975,000
new text end
new text begin Workforce Development
new text end
new text begin 6,422,000
new text end
new text begin 5,925,000
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Business and Community Development
new text end

new text begin 6,725,000
new text end
new text begin 6,725,000
new text end

new text begin (a) $750,000 each year is for grants to the
Neighborhood Development Center for small
business programs, including:
new text end

new text begin (1) training, lending, and business services;
new text end

new text begin (2) model outreach and training in greater
Minnesota; and
new text end

new text begin (3) development of new business incubators.
new text end

new text begin This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (b) $1,175,000 each year is for a grant to the
Metropolitan Economic Development
Association (MEDA) for statewide business
development and assistance services, including
services to entrepreneurs with businesses that
have the potential to create job opportunities
for unemployed and underemployed people,
with an emphasis on minority-owned
businesses. This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (c) $125,000 each year is for a grant to the
White Earth Nation for the White Earth Nation
Integrated Business Development System to
provide business assistance with workforce
development, outreach, technical assistance,
infrastructure and operational support,
financing, and other business development
activities. This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (d) $875,000 each year is for a grant to
Enterprise Minnesota, Inc. for the small
business growth acceleration program under
Minnesota Statutes, section 116O.115. This
is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (e) $1,000,000 each year is for grants for
positive youth development, community
engagement, legal services, and capacity
building for community-based organizations
serving Somali youth, including youth
engagement, prevention, and intervention
activities that help build the resiliency of the
Somali Minnesotan community and address
challenges facing Somali youth. Of this
amount, $1,000,000 is for a grant to
Youthprise for activities provided in this
paragraph. Funded projects must provide
culturally and linguistically relevant services.
To the maximum extent possible, 50 percent
of the funding must be distributed in greater
Minnesota, and 50 percent of funding must be
distributed within the metropolitan area, as
defined in Minnesota Statutes, section
473.121, subdivision 2. Of the amount
appropriated for grants to be awarded by the
commissioner, up to five percent is for
administration and monitoring of the program.
This is a onetime appropriation and is
available until June 30, 2021.
new text end

new text begin (f) $1,500,000 each year is for the Youth at
Work workforce development competitive
grant program. Of this amount, up to five
percent is for administration and monitoring
of the grant program. All grant awards shall
be for two consecutive years. Grants shall be
awarded in the first year. This is a onetime
appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (g) $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2020 and
$1,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 are
appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of employment and economic
development for a grant to Youthprise to
award grants through a competitive process
to community organizations to provide
economic development services designed to
enhance long-term economic self-sufficiency
in communities with concentrated East African
populations. Such communities include but
are not limited to Faribault, Rochester, St.
Cloud, Moorhead, and Willmar. To the extent
possible, Youthprise must award at least 50
percent of these grants to organizations serving
communities located outside the seven-county
metropolitan area, as defined in Minnesota
Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2. By
January 15 of each year, beginning in 2022,
the commissioner must submit a report to the
chairs and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over
economic development that details the use of
grant funds and the outcomes achieved to date.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Workforce Development
new text end

new text begin 6,672,000
new text end
new text begin 6,175,000
new text end
new text begin Appropriations by Fund
new text end
new text begin General
new text end
new text begin 250,000
new text end
new text begin 250,000
new text end
new text begin Workforce Development
new text end
new text begin 6,422,000
new text end
new text begin 5,925,000
new text end

new text begin (a) $1,000,000 each year from the workforce
development fund is for a grant to the
Construction Careers Foundation for the
construction career pathway initiative to
provide year-round educational and
experiential learning opportunities for teens
and young adults under the age of 21 that lead
to careers in the construction industry. This is
a onetime appropriation. Grant funds must be
used to:
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new text begin (1) increase construction industry exposure
activities for middle school and high school
youth, parents, and counselors to reach a more
diverse demographic and broader statewide
audience. This requirement includes but is not
limited to an expansion of programs to provide
experience in different crafts to youth and
young adults throughout the state;
new text end

new text begin (2) increase the number of high schools in
Minnesota offering construction classes during
the academic year that utilize a multicraft
curriculum;
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new text begin (3) increase the number of summer internship
opportunities;
new text end

new text begin (4) enhance activities to support graduating
seniors in their efforts to obtain employment
in the construction industry;
new text end

new text begin (5) increase the number of young adults
employed in the construction industry and
ensure that they reflect Minnesota's diverse
workforce; and
new text end

new text begin (6) enhance an industrywide marketing
campaign targeted to youth and young adults
about the depth and breadth of careers within
the construction industry.
new text end

new text begin Programs and services supported by grant
funds must give priority to individuals and
groups that are economically disadvantaged
or historically underrepresented in the
construction industry, including but not limited
to women, veterans, and members of minority
and immigrant groups.
new text end

new text begin (b) $250,000 each year is for a grant to the
American Indian Opportunities and
Industrialization Center, in collaboration with
the Northwest Indian Community
Development Center, to reduce academic
disparities for American Indian students and
adults. This is a onetime appropriation. The
grant funds may be used to provide:
new text end

new text begin (1) student tutoring and testing support
services;
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new text begin (2) training in information technology;
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new text begin (3) assistance in obtaining a GED;
new text end

new text begin (4) remedial training leading to enrollment in
a postsecondary higher education institution;
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new text begin (5) real-time work experience in information
technology fields; and
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new text begin (6) contextualized adult basic education.
new text end

new text begin After notification to the legislature, the
commissioner may transfer this appropriation
to the commissioner of education.
new text end

new text begin (c) $525,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to the YWCA
of Minneapolis to provide economically
challenged individuals the job skills training,
career counseling, and job placement
assistance necessary to secure a child
development associate credential and to have
a career path in early childhood education.
This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (d) $250,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to YWCA St.
Paul to provide job training services and
workforce development programs and
services, including job skills training and
counseling. This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (e) $1,000,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to EMERGE
Community Development, in collaboration
with community partners, for services
targeting Minnesota communities with the
highest concentrations of African and African
American joblessness, based on the most
recent census tract data, to provide
employment readiness training, credentialed
training placement, job placement and
retention services, supportive services for
hard-to-employ individuals, and a general
education development fast track and adult
diploma program. This is a onetime
appropriation.
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new text begin (f) $1,000,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to the
Minneapolis Foundation for a strategic
intervention program designed to target and
connect program participants to meaningful,
sustainable living-wage employment. This is
a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (g) $750,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to Latino
Communities United in Service (CLUES) to
expand culturally tailored programs that
address employment and education skill gaps
for working parents and underserved youth by
providing new job skills training to stimulate
higher wages for low-income people, family
support systems designed to reduce
intergenerational poverty, and youth
programming to promote educational
advancement and career pathways. At least
50 percent of this amount must be used for
programming targeted at greater Minnesota.
This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (h) $600,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to Ujamaa Place
for job training, employment preparation,
internships, education, training in the
construction trades, housing, and
organizational capacity building. This is a
onetime appropriation.
new text end

new text begin (i) $1,297,000 in the first year and $800,000
in the second year are from the workforce
development fund for performance grants
under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.8747,
to Twin Cities R!SE to provide training to
hard-to-train individuals. Of the amounts
appropriated, $497,000 in fiscal year 2020 is
for a grant to Twin Cities R!SE, in
collaboration with Metro Transit and Hennepin
Technical College, for the Metro Transit
technician training program. This is a onetime
appropriation and funds are available until
June 30, 2022.
new text end