[UPDATED] Why Is DEED Trying To Put Minnesota’s Tech Entrepreneurs Into Debt?

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[UPDATED 10/30/18 10:30 CST] Two tech companies that have received MILE loans to date include: UR Turn ($50k) & Thrivors ($46k).

Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development aka DEED recently launched a new debt financing program targeting local early stage tech entrepreneurs called Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE).

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UMN Program Tackles Election Cybersecurity

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Via St. Paul Pioneer Press

“At a time when U.S. voting systems have been under assault, an online program at the University of Minnesota is teaching students how to run secure elections and fend off cyber attackers. The 12-credit Certificate in Election Administration program is offered by the university’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Now in its third full year, the program has expanded its course offerings to include cybersecurity education. Administrators have formed a national steering committee comprising leaders in the field.”

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Twin Cities’ Mayors Ask Stratasys & Proto Labs To Prohibit Gun Printing

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Via Twin Cities Business

“Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter joined 29 other mayors from cities nationwide in signing a letter Wednesday urging 3D printer manufacturers to prevent their products from making homemade guns. The letter was addressed to leaders of five companies, including two that are headquartered in Minnesota: Maple Plain-based Protolabs and Eden Prairie-based Stratasys.”

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Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer Proposes New Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Laws

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Via Cryptoslate

“On Friday, Sept. 21st, Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer announced that he intends to introduce three pieces of legislation in support of blockchain technology and digital currencies. Emmer represents Minnesota’s 6th congressional district and was recently named a co-chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus alongside Bill Foster of Illinois, David Schweikert of Arizona, and Jared Polis of Colorado. “

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[Updated] No, Minnesota Is Not Going To Need 200k New Tech Jobs In The Next Decade

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Updated 9/12 – Both MSP TechHire & St. Paul Full Stack have scrubbed the inaccurate stat from their websites and MinnPost has fixed their article to reflect ~75k per DEEDs analysis.

The Star Tribune refuses to do so and is continuing to perpetuate misinformation at this point.

Original 9/5: In a era of political propaganda and media manipulation — citizens, constituents, and consumers of information must fight for their right to evidence behind any claims made by the public sector.

In this regard, there’s a false narrative originated from the city of Minneapolis (MSP TechHire to be specific) stating the demand for tech jobs in Minnesota is expected to be 200,000 over the course of the ten years, from 2016-2026.

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[UPDATED] PRM Sues DEED & GreaterMSP Over Withholding Of Amazon HQ2 Bid

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Updated 8/13: PRM has added GreaterMSP to an amended lawsuit on multiple counts while DEED still maintains it “never collected, received, maintained or disseminated the unsuccessful proposal that is the subject of the complaint.”

“Minnesotan’s deserve to know…” Ehling told Minnesota Lawyer in a recent article.

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Minnesotans Can Now Buy Their Lottery Tickets Via Mobile App

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Via Star Tribune

“A company’s attempt to sell Minnesotans state lottery tickets via smartphone is meeting fierce resistance from legislators and anti-gambling activists, who say it is an unauthorized expansion of gambling. The New York company, which is called Jackpocket, began selling Minnesota lottery games Tuesday through its smartphone app, making Minnesota the first state where the service is offered, said company CEO Peter Sullivan.”

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The State Of Minnesota Launches New ‘Great Outdoors’ Website

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Via News Release

“SAINT PAUL – Just in time for Great Outdoors Month, the State of Minnesota announced the launch of a new online tool to help outdoor recreationalists find amenities at Minnesota’s parks and trails across the state.

The Minnesota Great Outdoors website allows people planning to visit parks and trails – both regional and state-owned – to easily filter their search based on location, accessibility, camping amenities, lodging, interpretive programming, rental equipment availability, and landscape features, among other interests.”

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Meet The Man Behind Twin Cities Voter Guide MSP Votes

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By Peter Callaghan, MinnPost

“Sure, it’s a cliche and all, but for Ryan Johnson necessity did breed invention. Johnson is the guy who built and maintains MSP Votes, a data-driven guide to elections created last spring to track the Minneapolis municipal election, and which is now looking to do the same with local races on the ballot this year.”

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Open Government Crusader Webster Prevails In Hennepin County Biometric Data Case

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Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune

“Hennepin County violated state open records laws by failing to comply promptly with a request for information on the sheriff’s use of biometric technology, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in a case tracked by government watchdogs, law enforcement and the media.

In August 2015, open government crusader Tony Webster requested information about Sheriff Rich Stanek’s office use of high-tech tracking methods to identify faces, irises and fingerprints. Almost three years later, Webster still doesn’t have answers, but as of Wednesday, he had a victory from the state’s highest court.”

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