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ALBERT LEA, MN — Over the last decade a program has worked to create jobs in Minnesota. That program is called Job Opportunity Building Zone (JOBZ).
Businesses like Albert Lea Select Foods and Larson Manufacturing would likely not be in Minnesota if it was not for the program.
Seven area businesses, including those two, have created nearly 850 jobs since the program began ten years ago. But area leaders are concerned with the recent trend.
“Early in the program, it was a very robust program, we were able to develop in the first several years 500 jobs,” said Dan Dorman, Executive Director of the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA), “Since then we’ve created a few jobs with it, but it’s been declining like this, not just here, but throughout the state because of the limited years left in the program.”
The JOBZ program is set to expire in 2015, but Dorman and other lobbyists are pushing legislators to find a replacement program before this session comes to an end.