Where the economy goes from here

Hosted By: Max Nesterak - July 16, 2021


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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove in March 2020. Photo by Ricardo Lopez/Minnesota Reformer.

The COVID-19 pandemic erased hundreds of thousands of jobs in Minnesota and only about 65% have returned. But there’s also a bright side: Low-wage workers are seeing meaningful increases in their paychecks and the number of new businesses created over the past year has increased by 30%.

Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove surveys the wreckage of the past year and explains how the state is helping people get back to work, transition to better paying careers and start new businesses.

Grove, a former Google executive, makes the pitch for start-ups and venture capital to come to Minnesota and talks about how the state can remain economically competitive in the years ahead.

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Steve Grove

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Steve Grove is commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the state agency focused on growing the state’s workforce, closing the opportunity gap and providing support to businesses and startups. Grove was previously an executive at Google for 12 years, most recently serving as the founding director of Google’s News Lab. Grove also led Google’s civic engagement work, including the company’s non-partisan voter information and get-out-the-vote efforts. He previously built YouTube's news and politics team, launching the first partnership programs for news organizations, nonprofits, and political candidates at the technology company. Grove wrote for The Boston Globe and ABC News prior to joining Google. He has served as an advisor to the White House and State Department on counter-terrorism strategy. He holds a master's in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from Claremont McKenna College. Along with his wife Mary, Grove co-founded a nonprofit in 2014 called Silicon North Stars, which helps youth from underserved communities in Minnesota pursue careers in technology.