By Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

The Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership (MSESP) said Wednesday that it will distribute up to $3 million to businesses and organizations with innovative ideas to train Minnesotans for energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs.

MSESP said it is seeking proposals to receive funds ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. Partnerships and inter-regional collaborations are also eligible to apply.

⿿The Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership initiative combines private-sector leadership with a broad partnership of key stakeholders to develop the talents of Minnesota⿿s workforce,⿝ Cyndi Lesher, MSESP co-chair and former Northern States Power Co. CEO, said in a news release.

⿿This is an opportunity to build our state⿿s competitive advantage in the renewable-energy industry by providing training and job opportunities for Minnesota⿿s workforce.⿝

More information about the application process is available online.

The MSESP is an initiative of the Governorâ¿¿s Workforce Development Council. Itâ¿¿s funded with a three-year, $6 million U.S. Department of Labor grant.

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