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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic and workforce development agency. Our mission is to empower the growth of the Minnesota economy, for everyone.

DEED’s economic development programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; community development, and more.

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Economic Development Leadership

Photograph of  Matt  Varilek
Matt Varilek
Photograph of  Kevin  McKinnon
Kevin McKinnon
Deputy Commissioner, Economic Development and Research
Photograph of  Gabrielle  Gerbaud
Gabrielle Gerbaud
Executive Director
Photograph of  Neela  Mollgaard
Neela Mollgaard
Executive Director
Photograph of  Catalina  Valencia
Catalina Valencia
Executive Director

For a full picture of the agency’s Senior Leadership Team across both workforce and economic development programs & operations, see our DEED Website.

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