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SF 3499

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/25/2020 08:27am

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; appropriating money for a grant to Ujamaa
Place; amending Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 7, article 1, section 2,
subdivision 3.

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

Section 1.

Laws 2019, First Special Session chapter 7, article 1, section 2, subdivision 3,
is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Employment and Training Programs

27,209,000
27,209,000
Appropriations by Fund
General
5,532,000
5,532,000
Workforce
Development
21,677,000
21,677,000

(a) $250,000 each year is for the higher
education career advising program.

(b) $500,000 each year from the general fund
and $500,000 each year from the workforce
development fund are for rural career
counseling coordinators in the workforce
service areas and for the purposes specified
under Minnesota Statutes, section 116L.667.

(c) $750,000 each year is for the women and
high-wage, high-demand, nontraditional jobs
grant program under Minnesota Statutes,
section 116L.99. Of this amount, up to five
percent is for administration and monitoring
of the program.

(d)(1) $150,000 each year is from the
workforce development fund for a grant to the
Regional Center for Entrepreneurial
Facilitation hosted by a county or higher
education institution. Funds available under
this paragraph must be used to provide
entrepreneur and small business development
direct professional business assistance services
in the following counties in Minnesota: Blue
Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin,
Nicollet, Sibley, Watonwan, and Waseca. For
the purposes of this paragraph, "direct
professional business assistance services" must
include but is not limited to payment of
overhead costs, pre-venture assistance for
individuals considering starting a business,
and services for underserved populations,
agricultural businesses, and students. This
appropriation is not available until the
commissioner determines that an equal amount
is committed from nonstate sources. This
appropriation is onetime and available until
June 30, 2021.

(2) Grant recipients shall report to the
commissioner by February 1, 2021, and
include information on the number of
customers served in each county; the number
of businesses started, stabilized, or expanded;
the number of jobs created and retained; and
business success rates in each county. By April
1, 2021, the commissioner shall report the
information submitted by grant recipients to
the chairs and ranking minority members of
the standing committees of the house of
representatives and senate having jurisdiction
over economic development issues.

(e) $1,000,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to Summit
Academy OIC to expand their contextualized
GED and employment placement program and
STEM program. This is a onetime
appropriation.

(f) $125,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to the YWCA
of Minneapolis to provide economically
challenged individuals the jobs 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.

(g) $125,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to the YWCA
of St. Paul to provide job training services and
workforce development programs and
services, including job skills training and
counseling. This is a onetime appropriation.

(h) $100,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for displaced homemaker
programs under Minnesota Statutes, section
116L.96. The commissioner, through the adult
career pathways program, shall distribute the
funds to existing nonprofit and state displaced
homemaker programs. This is a onetime
appropriation.

(i) $150,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to Hennepin
County for the Cedar Riverside Partnership.
This is a onetime appropriation.

(j) $4,604,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund and $1,094,000 each year
is from the general fund for the pathways to
prosperity competitive grant program. Of this
amount, up to four percent is for
administration and monitoring of the program.
The base amount from the general fund in
fiscal year 2022 and beyond is $2,546,000.

(k) $150,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to Better Futures
Minnesota to provide job skills training to
individuals who have been released from
incarceration for a felony-level offense and
are no more than 12 months from the date of
release. This is a onetime appropriation.

(l) $188,000 each year is for a grant to
AccessAbility Incorporated to provide job
skills training to individuals who have been
released from incarceration for a felony-level
offense and are no more than 12 months from
the date of release. AccessAbility Incorporated
shall annually report to the commissioner on
how the money was spent and what results
were achieved. The report must include, at a
minimum, information and data about the
number of participants; participant
homelessness, employment, recidivism, and
child support compliance; and training
provided to program participants. This is a
onetime appropriation.

(m) $250,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for Propel Nonprofits,
formerly known as the Nonprofits Assistance
Fund, to make grants for infrastructure support
to small nonprofit organizations that serve
historically underserved cultural communities.
This is a onetime appropriation.

(n) $50,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for grants to the Minnesota
Grocers Association Foundation for Carts to
Careers, a statewide initiative to promote
careers, conduct outreach, provide job skills
training, and grant scholarships for careers in
the retail food industry. This is a onetime
appropriation.

(o) $500,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund 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:

(1) student tutoring and testing support
services;

(2) training and employment placement in
information technology;

(3) training and employment placement within
trades;

(4) assistance in obtaining a GED;

(5) remedial training leading to enrollment
and to sustain enrollment in a postsecondary
higher education institution;

(6) real-time work experience in information
technology fields and in the trades;

(7) contextualized adult basic education;

(8) career and educational counseling for
clients with significant and multiple barriers;
and;

(9) reentry services and counseling for adults
and youth.

After notification to the chairs and minority
leads of the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over jobs and economic
development, the commissioner may transfer
this appropriation to the commissioner of
education.

(p) $250,000 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.

(q) $400,000 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.

(r) $375,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund 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:

(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;

(2) increase the number of high schools in
Minnesota offering construction classes during
the academic year that utilize a multicraft
curriculum;

(3) increase the number of summer internship
opportunities;

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

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

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

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.

(s) $625,000 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.

(t) $700,000 each year is 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. This is a onetime
appropriation and funds are available until
June 30, 2022.

(u) $100,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for grants to Minnesota
Diversified Industries, Inc. to provide
progressive development and employment
opportunities for people with disabilities. This
is a onetime appropriation.

(v) $875,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to the Minnesota
High Tech Association to support
SciTechsperience, a program that supports
science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM) internship opportunities for two- and
four-year college students and graduate
students in their field of study. The internship
opportunities must match students with paid
internships within STEM disciplines at small,
for-profit companies located in Minnesota
having fewer than 250 employees worldwide.
At least 200 students must be matched in the
first year and at least 200 students must be
matched in the second year. No more than 15
percent of the hires may be graduate students.
Selected hiring companies shall receive from
the grant 50 percent of the wages paid to the
intern, capped at $2,500 per intern. The
program must work toward increasing the
participation among women or other
underserved populations. This is a onetime
appropriation.

(w) $500,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for the Opportunities
Industrialization Center programs. This
appropriation shall be divided equally among
the eligible centers.

(x) $250,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to Bridges to
Healthcare to provide career education,
wraparound support services, and job skills
training in high-demand health care fields to
low-income parents, nonnative speakers of
English, and other hard-to-train individuals,
helping families build secure pathways out of
poverty while also addressing worker
shortages in one of Minnesota's most
innovative industries. Funds may be used for
program expenses, including but not limited
to hiring instructors and navigators; space
rental; and supportive services to help
participants attend classes, including assistance
with course fees, child care, transportation,
and safe and stable housing. In addition, up to
five percent of grant funds may be used for
Bridges to Healthcare's administrative costs.
This is a onetime appropriation.

(y) $250,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to Avivo to
provide low-income individuals with career
education and job skills training that is fully
integrated with chemical and mental health
services. This is a onetime appropriation.

(z) $1,000,000 each year is for competitive
grants to organizations providing services to
relieve economic disparities in the Southeast
Asian community through workforce
recruitment, development, job creation,
assistance of smaller organizations to increase
capacity, and outreach. Of this amount, up to
five percent is for administration and
monitoring of the program.

(aa) $500,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to the Hmong
American Partnership, in collaboration with
community partners, for services targeting
Minnesota communities with the highest
concentrations of Southeast Asian 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.

(bb) $1,000,000 each year is for a competitive
grant program to provide grants to
organizations that provide support services for
individuals, such as job training, employment
preparation, internships, job assistance to
parents, financial literacy, academic and
behavioral interventions for low-performing
students, and youth intervention. Grants made
under this section must focus on low-income
communities, young adults from families with
a history of intergenerational poverty, and
communities of color. Of this amount, up to
four percent is for administration and
monitoring of the program.

(cc) deleted text begin$500,000deleted text endnew text begin $1,000,000new text end each year is from
the workforce development fund for a grant
to Ujamaa Place for job training, employment
preparation, internships, education, training
in vocational trades, housing, and
organizational capacity building. deleted text beginThis is a
onetime appropriation.
deleted text end

(dd) $750,000 each year is from the general
fund and $3,348,000 each year is from the
workforce development fund for the
youth-at-work competitive grant program
under Minnesota Statutes, section 116L.562.
Of this amount, up to five percent is for
administration and monitoring of the youth
workforce development competitive grant
program. All grant awards shall be for two
consecutive years. Grants shall be awarded in
the first year.

(ee) $1,000,000 each year is from the
workforce development fund for the
youthbuild program under Minnesota Statutes,
sections 116L.361 to 116L.366.

(ff) $4,050,000 each year is from the
workforce development fund for the
Minnesota youth program under Minnesota
Statutes, sections 116L.56 and 116L.561.

(gg) $250,000 each year is from the workforce
development fund for a grant to Big Brothers
Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities for
workforce readiness, employment exploration,
and skills development for youth ages 12 to
21. The grant must serve youth in the Big
Brothers Big Sisters chapters in the Twin
Cities, central Minnesota, and southern
Minnesota. This is a onetime appropriation.

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