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

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Updated 2/7/2018: PRM submits legal request directly to DEED “partner” Greater MSP

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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Minnesota’s Top Lawyer Joins 21 Others In Suing The FCC

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By Brian Heater, TechCrunch

“A lawsuit filed today by the attorneys general of 22 states seeks to block the Federal Communications Commission’s recent controversial vote to repeal Obama era Net Neutrality regulations.

The filing is led by New York State Attorney General Schneiderman, who called rollback a potential “disaster for New York consumers and businesses, and for everyone who cares about a free and open internet.”

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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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Minnesota’s AG Joins In Lawsuit Over The Repeal Of Net Neutrality

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By Brian Bakst, Minnesota Public Radio

“Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said she plans to join peers from other states in challenging federal rule changes to internet access.

Swanson told supporters in an email that she and other attorneys general would sue over the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to repeal the so-called net neutrality rule, which prevented service providers from blocking certain sites or setting rates based on content. The regulation was put in place in 2015.”

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Minnesota’s Tourism Agency Hacked

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By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune

“The Facebook account for the state of Minnesota’s primary tourism agency has been hacked since the start of the business day Monday, with a slew of “fake news” postings that range from a woman training squirrels to harass her ex-boyfriend and a death row inmate eating an entire Bible as his last meal.”

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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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St. Paul Startup ‘Vitals’ Recruits Former Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau

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By Esme Murphy, CBS Minnesota

“MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A St. Paul Company [Vitals / VariAware] whose app helps police interact with those with emotional and intellectual disorders is experiencing rapid growth.

Vitals just hired former Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau to make sure its technology best serves police officers. The app allows users to create profiles on a smartphone that describes the nature of their disability.”

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