BENTON COUNTY | Benton Puts Focus on Felon-Friendly Path to Work
Benton County employers are exploring an untapped talent pool—people recently released from incarceration. The Benton Economic Partnership (BEP) will work with the Central Minnesota Re-entry Project over the next three years to explore transitional housing, transportation and workforce credentialing. The goal is to create a stable path for workers who are motivated to learn and to address the need for reliable employees, particularly in the construction field.
SHERBURNE COUNTY | High-speed Electric Vehicle Charging Comes to Becker
Electric vehicle (EV) owners cruising by Becker High School will be able to charge their vehicles starting this spring. Supported by a $40,000 Initiative Foundation grant, funded by the McKnight Foundation’s Climate and Energy Program, and a $70,000 Xcel Energy grant, the high-speed station will increase area charging options and encourage more people to consider EVs. An Aug. 5 expo in Elk River will feature EVs available for test drives.