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Records show how Greater MSP took control of state’s Amazon bid

By Mike Kaszuba State officials allowed Greater MSP – a business development non-profit with ties to Minnesota’s top companies – to assume a uniquely dominant role in the unsuccessful bid to land Amazon’s second corporate headquarters, according to new documents reviewed by Public Record Media (PRM). Records released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and […]

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Invoices detail payments from DEED to Greater MSP

By Mike Kaszuba For several years, Minnesota’s top economic development agency has had a financial partnership with Greater MSP, the business non-profit that recently submitted – but along with state officials has declined to make public — the state’s bid to land an Amazon corporate headquarters. Invoices obtained by St. Paul-based non-profit Public Record Media […]

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Searching for Minnesota’s Amazon bid

By Matt Ehling and Mike Kaszuba Four months after Amazon announced plans to build a second corporate headquarters – setting off a nationwide competition – Minnesota has concealed its Amazon bid through the use of a nonprofit whose board includes representatives of many of the state’s top companies. The state’s Department of Employment and Economic […]

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The U honors the Hubbards, But With Complications

By Mike Kaszuba By February of this year, the letters were rolling in recommending that the University of Minnesota rename its journalism school after the Hubbard family, the radio and television pioneers who had created a media conglomerate centered around KSTP-TV. One letter came from Sam Donaldson, the longtime ABC-TV anchor and White House correspondent. […]

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Examining Shakopee’s Amazon warehouse subsidies

By Mike Kaszuba By most standards, the sprawling Amazon warehouse facility that opened in Shakopee a year ago has been a success. The building totals 850,000 square feet, employees thousands of workers, and recently has been hiring full-time warehouse associates at a starting pay of up to $15.50 an hour, plus health care benefits and […]

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