"Agreement" means the agreement between an employer and the commissioner for a project.
"Commissioner" means the commissioner of employment and economic development.
"Disability" has the meaning given under United States Code, title 42, chapter 126.
"Employee" means the individual employed in a new job.
"Employer" means the individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or association providing new jobs and entering into an agreement.
"New job" means a job:
(1) that is provided by a new or expanding business at a location in Minnesota outside of the metropolitan area, as defined in section 473.121, subdivision 2;
(2) that provides at least 32 hours of work per week for a minimum of nine months per year and is permanent with no planned termination date;
(3) that is certified by the commissioner as qualifying under the program before the first employee is hired to fill the job; and
(4) for which an employee hired was not (i) formerly employed by the employer in the state, or (ii) a replacement worker, including a worker newly hired as a result of a labor dispute.
"Program costs" means all necessary and incidental costs of providing program services, except that program costs are increased by $1,000 per employee for an individual with a disability. The term does not include the cost of purchasing equipment to be owned or used by the training or educational institution or service.
"Program services" means training and education specifically directed to new jobs that are determined to be appropriate by the commissioner, including in-house training; services provided by institutions of higher education and federal, state, or local agencies; or private training or educational services. Administrative services and assessment and testing costs are included.
"Project" means a training arrangement that is the subject of an agreement entered into between the commissioner and an employer to provide program services.