[UPDATED] PRM Files DPA To Uncover What Minnesota Offered Amazon For HQ2

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Updated 1/19/2018: Minnesota is officially out of the running, nullifying Greater MSP’s claim of competitive secrecy.

Updated 12/9 1130 am CST: DEED has replied to PRMs request with two documents:

  1.  A document dated 12/16 signed by DEED Comissioner Shawntera Hardy indicates an initial offer of between $3-$5m of state aid, which is consistent with current statutory limits. Also mentioned are special examples of incentive packages previously authorized by the Minnesota Legislature. Positioned as possibilities these include: tax exemptions, expanded awards, and infrastructure support.  The “Unique public-private partnerships” section highlights such examples as Rochester’s Destination Medical Center and Minneapolis’ US Bank Stadium, which combined received over a billion dollars in Minnesota taxypayer funding.
  2. A cover letter for the actual proposal also dated October 16th and signed by Mark Dayton.

If the release of these two documents smells like red herring, you might be wondering: where is the actual proposal?

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Beyond the Data Teams With MN State Mankato To Teach The Masses About Big Data

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“January 17, 2018 – Minneapolis, Minnesota (PRWeb) – Beyond the Data LLC, an innovative new education and advisory organization, today announced it is partnering with Minnesota State University, Mankato to offer a new certificate program that will jump-start working professionals in the Twin Cities into understanding and taking advantage of data & analytics and, in doing so, enhance their careers.”

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Searching For Minnesota’s Amazon Bid

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By Matt Ehling and Mike Kaszuba, Public Record Media

“Four months after Amazon announced plans to build a second corporate headquarters – setting off a nationwide competition – Minnesota has concealed its Amazon bid through the use of a nonprofit whose board includes representatives of many of the state’s top companies.

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Plymouth-Based Miracle Ear Gets Hacked

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By Jackie Crosby, Star Tribune

“Plymouth-based hearing aid company Miracle-Ear is reporting that excerpts of 554 patient records were compromised in a security breach to its e-mail system.

The incident occurred Oct. 24, when “an unknown and unauthorized intruder” gained access to the e-mail account of an employee of parent company Amplifon, which handles the accounts and administrative work for subsidiaries such as Miracle-Ear, according to a company statement faxed to the media Thursday.”

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Former Digital River & SuccessFactors VP Jeremy Bauer Named CIO At Code42

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Code42, the leader in cloud-based endpoint data security and recovery, announced today that Jeremy Bauer has joined the company as its chief information officer (CIO). Bauer brings with him extensive information technology (IT) and security experience in building world-class infrastructures for cloud-based enterprise software solutions that service millions of users.”

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Code42 Will Dig Deeper Into Education Sector

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“MINNEAPOLIS — Code42, the leader in cloud-based endpoint data security and recovery, announced plans to expand its presence in the education market.

The company is deepening its commitment to and focus on this segment by building out a dedicated vertical business unit that will include marketing and sales functions. Today, Code42 serves more than 700 higher education institutions and K-12 schools across North America, as well as seven out of the eight Ivy League universities.”

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Al Franken Just Gave the Speech Big Tech Has Been Dreading

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By Nitasha Tiku, Wired

“Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) delivered some of the sharpest criticism yet about the dangers of tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon during a speech on Wednesday, encouraging regulators, as well as lawmakers in both parties, to better police the market power of dominant online platforms.”

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MnDOT Will Start Tapping Into Drivers Mobile Device Data

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StreetLight Data, Inc., the mobility analytics company that brings real-world travel patterns to light, today announced the company has been selected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for a pilot subscription. MnDOT will utilize a Regional Subscription to the StreetLight InSight® platform to transform Big Data into useful mobility Metrics to tackle transportation, event and development projects statewide, including major events like the Minnesota State Fair, the Renaissance Festival and Super Bowl LII.”

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