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Admin Study Identifies Opportunities to Streamline Key Administrative Functions
March 25, 2013 - In a comprehensive benchmarking study released today by the Minnesota Department of Administration, data shows the state compares favorably in delivering cost-effective and efficient services. The study further analyzes areas for improvement and outlines reform opportunities developed by state employees.
Exterior stone repair begins Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project
February 20, 2013 - The Minnesota Department of Administration announced that the project to repair and preserve the deteriorating Georgia Marble façade begins this week. This key phase of the Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Project work focuses on stone repair and replacement to ensure public safety, prevent water infiltration, and preserve the historical character.
Kolbeck appointed to the State Designer Selection Board
January 7, 2013 -
Commissioner Spencer Cronk announced the appointment of Kathleen Kolbeck to serve on the State Designer Selection Board.
New e-Park Pay Stations Come to Minnesota State Capitol Complex
December 3, 2012 -
Visitors to the Minnesota State Capitol will no longer need a handful of quarters at the ready when parking in nearby lots or ramps. With the launch today of new e-Park multi-space pay stations in many state-owned visitor parking locations on the Capitol Complex, parkers now have a number of convenient options.
New Census Data Shows Better Income, Poverty Trends and More Young Adults with Health Insurance in Minnesota
September 20, 2012 - Minnesota continues to outperform the nation in most income and poverty data and declining incomes seen in recent years appear to have stabilized according to new information released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The American Community Survey data show improvement in the state's economy and a halt in negative income and poverty trends for Minnesota in 2011.
Minnesota Archaeology Week is September 8-16, 2012
September 5, 2012 - Minnesotans have a great opportunity to tour ancient rock carvings, craft arrowheads and axes, and celebrate a 19th-Century Voyageur trading festival as part of Minnesota Archaeology Week. These are just a few of the more than 15 events and activites that will be hosted at locations throughout the state September 8 through 16.
Center for Digital Government Honors DDC's Emergency iPhone App
August 23, 2012 - The Center for Digital Government announced today that it is honoring the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (DDC) for its development of the Autism Help App for Emergencies.
Golden Gilding Complete on State Capitol Lantern Finial
June 29, 2012 - With the removal of the windscreens and scaffolding next week, the completed Capitol Finial Restoration project will be fully visible to the public.
Admin Commissioner Cronk and MMB Commissioner Schowalter Selected as 2012 Henry Toll Fellows
June 7, 2012 - Administration Commissioner Spencer Cronk and Minnesota Management & Budget Commissioner James Schowalter are two of 48 promising state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments (CSG), September 7-12, 2012.
Initial Capitol Preservation Work Funded
May 11, 2012 - With the bonding bill provision of $44 million, a down payment has been made toward preserving the historic Minnesota State Capitol. This is a unique project -- the single largest asset preservation project the state has undertaken. The need for which has been documented for years.
Minnesota State Demographer Tom Gillaspy to Retire
March 2, 2012 - Minnesota State Demographer Tom Gillaspy will retire on March 6 after more than 32 years of public service. He has been the state's chief source of demographic data and analysis since 1979.
Reroofing Complete on State Capitol Lantern Finial
December 22, 2011 - The construction fabric will be removed from teh top of the Capitol dome Friday, December 23, revealing the nearly complete restoration of the Lantern Finial. The Lantern Finial is the golden architectural ornamentation on the dome's peak in the shape of a ball on a flared base.
appoints three members to State Designer Selection Board
March 24, 2011 - Commissioner of Administration Spencer Cronk today
announced the appointment of three members to the State Designer Selection
Board. The appointees are Mark Koegler of St. Paul, Rebecca J. Lewis of
Duluth and Maurice Roers of St. Paul.
Five champions of assistive technology will be
recognized at State Capitol ceremony
March 15, 2011- Five Minnesota citizens, educators and organizations will be recognized as
champions of removing barriers to independence for people with disabilities
at an April 5 ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda. Recipients include pioneers in
the field of assistive technology, educators, professionals and consumers
who promote the use of assistive technology.
Dayton Names Spencer Cronk as
Commissioner of the Department of Administration (html)
February 8, 2011 -
Today Governor Mark Dayton
announced the appointment of Spencer Cronk as Commissioner of the Department
of Administration. Mr. Cronk comes to his position with significant
experience in government redesign and organizational development. He
previously served as Executive Director of Organizational Development and
Senior Advisor for the Department of Small Business Services for the City of
As 'Baby Boom' generation enters retirement,
Minnesota will undergo significant changes
February 8, 2011 - Minnesota is
on the cusp of an historic demographic shift that will have significant
implications for society, the economy and state government, according to a
new report from the State Demographic Center. "With
the Baby Boom Generation now entering retirement, the next two decades will
be unlike any in recorded history," said State Demographer Tom Gillaspy.
Quality Board accepting comments, hearing requests for proposed rule
January 24, 2011 - The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB)
is accepting written comments and requests for a public hearing through Feb. 23, 2011,
on a proposed amendment to state rules governing the environmental review process.
Without the amendment, hundreds of additional Environmental Assessment Worksheets
(EAWs) would be required each year in Minnesota.
Inspection will examine
condition of State Capitol building cornice
December 6, 2010 - Contractors this week
will begin inspecting the condition of decorative stonework along the
roofline of the State Capitol building. As a safety measure, workers will
install protective covering at building entrances and place barricades along
several adjacent walkways. Pedestrian traffic during the inspection
will be directed by barricades to covered building entrances.
Inventory of State-Owned
November 8, 2010 - In accordance with Minn. Stat. 16B.245, Subd. 2,
the Commissioner of Administration is required to provide an inventory of
all state-owned land, including land with improvements, and to determine the
number of acres owned, by January 15 of each odd-numbered year. Submissions
are due Dec. 15, 2010. Click on the link below for the Land Inventory Form.
Inventory Form (Word document)
State increases use of E85 nearly 10-fold in five years
October 18, 2010 - Minnesota state government agencies have increased their
retail purchases of E85 nearly 10-fold in five years, according to the
Department of Administration. In the first nine months of 2010, agencies
have purchased nearly 725,000 gallons of E85, compared to about 73,000
gallons over the same period in 2005.