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Committed to Inclusive Growth

We know Minnesota’s future depends upon making our state’s economy work better for everyone. Across our state, leaders are focused on inclusion not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s vital to building a strong economy. We all do better when we all do better.

In the last few years we've seen several transformational efforts brought forward in our community to build a more equitable economy. Business leaders are coming together for racial justice. Partners are coming together to fight for social change. Government is taking new approaches to grow inclusion.

Below, you’ll find a growing body of work on how Minnesota is meeting this moment for equity in our economy. There’s not just one solution to creating a more equitable economy – there are many. Here in Minnesota, you’ll find a broad coalition of organizations and leaders building momentum together at this critical inflection point for our country.

Mayo Clinic, NAACP Join Forces

Partnership to create new pathways to success for Black, underrepresented students.

Minnesota’s Mortenson construction make push for diversity in construction

Group is launching the first industrywide Construction and Inclusion Week in hopes of bringing more diversity to the industry.

Best Buy to spend $1.2 billion by 2025 supporting BIPOC businesses

Best Buy is set to spend at least $1.2 billion by 2025 supporting BIPOC businesses as it works to diversify its business from the supply chain to how it advertises.

Minneapolis Accenture, GreaterMSP unite to hire 1,000 tech apprentices

In partnership with OneTen, a group of executives, including several from Minneapolis and St. Paul, who have pledged to up skill, hire and advance 1 million Black individuals in America over the next 10 years into family sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement.

Challenge Grant to Kick off the Community-based Restore-Rebuild-Reimagine Fund

This fund will provide support to the 350 Minneapolis and St. Paul small business owners whose businesses were damaged or destroyed in the civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd last year.

General Mills partnering with Black Men teach

Program will help recruit, prepare, place and retain Black male teachers in schools in Minneapolis.

12 Minnesota Companies recognized as America’s Best Employers for Diversity

Boston Scientific, 3M, Best Buy, General Mills, Allianz, Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, Target, Andersen, Cargill, CliftonLarsonAllen and Thomson Reuters were recognized by Forbes as some on the best employers for diversity.

UnitedHealth Group: Disability Employment in a Technology Company

With the 21st-century economy increasingly reliant on a dizzying array of new technologies, it’s no exaggeration to say that nearly every business in every sector of the economy is in some way a “technology company.”

Black Tech Talent works to bring equality to the tech sector

Minneapolis-based Black Tech Talent has helped Target, HealthPartners, Software for Good and the Minneapolis Institute of Art diversify and recruit top-tier talent.

Target commits to spend more than $2 billion with Black-owned businesses by end of 2025

Target believes a businesses’ health depends on the vitality of the communities they call home, and nowhere is that cause closer to their hearts than in their own backyard in the Twin Cities.

Our Commitment to Inclusive Grantmaking

Our community partners are the people who bring workforce training to Minnesotans who want to grow their skills and find good employment.

Cargill and partners to address racial inequity in agriculture

Cargill has partnered with the National Black Growers Council and 100 Ranchers to launch the Black Farmer Equity Initiative.

Empowering an inclusive economic recovery by setting goals

One of the most important aspects of how we manage the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the way we set goals and measure results.

U.S. Bank announces initiatives to increase wealth building in Black Community

U.S. Bank recently introduced their U.S. Bank Access Commitment. This series of initiatives was created to increase wealth building opportunities within the Black community.

Delta Dental of Minnesota Earns Inclusive Workforce Employer Designation

Delta Dental of Minnesota proudly accepts its recognition as one of three regional employers to receive Inclusive Workforce Employer Designation (I-WE) by the Regional Workforce Alliance (RWA) of Northwest Minnesota.

Target Foundation awards $5M to nonprofits serving Minnesota’s BIPOC communities

Target believes a businesses’ health depends on the vitality of the communities they call home, and nowhere is that cause closer to their hearts than in their own backyard in the Twin Cities.

HealthPartners establishes new equity, inclusion and anti-racism cabinet

Cabinet to focus on increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace; advancing health equity; eliminating disparities in maternal and infant care and childhood immunizations and more.

Hormel Foods will donate up to $300,000 to support education and equity

Hormel Foods Corporation, a global branded food company, today announced it will be donating up to $300,000 to three organizations to help support education and equity as part of its Inspired Giving program.

Thomson Reuters commits $1M to rebuilding efforts

Thomson Reuters took several measures to lend their professional expertise and resources to encourage employee volunteerism and financially support rebuilding efforts in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Minnesota employers join One Ten committed to 1M careers for Black talent in America

Cargill, Medtronic, Target and U.S. Bank join One Ten, committed to one million careers for Black talent in America in ten years.

Andersen Corp signed on the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion initiative

Company joins largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Land O’Lakes hosted first diversity and inclusion summit with employees

At the D&I summit, a diverse panel of Land O’Lakes leadership spoke about their experiences in diversity – ranging from living in a foreign country, to what it’s like to be a working mom in the workplace, to what it’s like being an immigrant in America.
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