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Workforce Center celebrates new location with open house

Cynthia Bauerly speaks on behalf of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, located in St. Paul. Bauerly praised Workforce employees for the help they've given to the community. (Photo by Sarah Alabsi)1 / 3
Cindy Luoma of Lamar, Workforce manager Don Hoag (center) and several Chamber of Commerce ambassadors get ready for the ribbon cutting at the open house of the Minnesota Workforce Center. (Photo by Sarah Alabsi)2 / 3
Cindy Luoma speaks to community members about the positive effects on the companies who employ through the Center, at its open house. (Photo by Sarah Alabsi)3 / 3

With the country coming out of a recession, the Minnesota Workforce Center has seen its fair share of busy days. Tuesday was a busy day, but not for the same reason.

The open house for the new Minnesota Workforce Center facility brought members of community, the Chamber of Commerce, and Workforce Center employees together to celebrate the official opening and ribbon cutting of the building.

Speakers included not only local officials, but state officials from St. Paul and local business representatives. Those who spoke were St. Paul's Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development Cynthia Bauerly, and Human Resources Manager Cindy Luoma from the Jamar Company.

The agency's location is 402 W. First Street, where the Duluth Athletic Club and The Chinese Lantern restaurants were formerly housed.

"This building is great," said Dave Montgomery, Duluth chief

administrative officer.

Bauerly praised Workforce employees for helping Minnesotans at what can be one of the worse times of their lives -- unemployment.

Luoma spoke on the benefits for the companies who hire employees through the Center.

"It's less time we spend looking for employees and they spend unemployed," she said.

Refreshments, socializing and tours of the new facility followed the speakers.

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