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Minnesota Office of Career and Business Opportunity

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Organization: Minnesota Office of Career and Business Opportunity

Sector: Government Agency

Organization Mission: Minnesota Governor creates Office of Career and Business Opportunity October 14, 2015: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced on Sunday, October 11, 2015, that he has created a new Office of Career and Business Opportunity, according to the Governor’s Office. The office is scheduled to be located at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. ““This is a first and important step in addressing the troubling economic disparities facing people of color in Minnesota,” Dayton said in a statement. “We cannot afford to admire or ignore these problems any longer. It is time now to take action to improve the lives and economic futures of all Minnesotans.” “The new Office of Career and Business Opportunity will be led by a director and overseen by a senior level staff member who will be a member [of the] Commissioner’s senior leadership team,” according to a statement from the Governor’s Office. “This will ensure that the mission of the Office is a high priority for DEED and the Dayton Administration, and that the work is integrated in the overall organization. The Office will identify and help break down barriers to employment and business opportunities for communities of color across Minnesota. The search to fill these two positions will begin immediately.”

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