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  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:28 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham (Administrator)

    Minnesota State Fair – Operations Technology Assistant Manager
    (Full-Time, Exempt)

    Overview
    The primary role of the operations technology assistant manager is to develop and maintain a technology project plan, which provides advancement of technology systems in current facilities and new construction, as well as outlines project tasks, milestones, status, and allocation of resources to stakeholders and other interested parties.

    To apply, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this posting.

    Essential Functions

    • Liaison with departments in the maintenance and improvement budget process including estimating.
    • Coordinate with Operations Division and IT Department to design, develop and manage all operations technology.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with vendors, contractors and consultants.
    • Lead in advancement of technical systems on the fairgrounds such as fiber-optic and copper cable plants, metal detection, Distributed Antenna System (DAS) with cell providers, and RFID.
    • Coordinate the grounds mapping program.
    • Develop electronic preventative maintenance program.
    • Coordinate camera system design, development and installation.
    • Coordinate access control systems design, development and installation.
    • Coordinate HVAC control systems design, development.
    • Evaluate and purchase new technologies to determine if applicable to current business needs and compatible with current business applications and hardware.
    • Understand safety issues related to the division.
    • Monitor industry trends related to the division.
    • Work environment may include working with hazardous substances heat/cold, noise, unprotected heights, bright/dim lighting and mechanical hazards.
    • During peak activity times work extra daily hours and periods with no days off.
    • Assist with tasks as assigned by either the immediate supervisor or General Manager.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related area of study; and four years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Ability to manage contractors and budgets and coordinate projects with various departments.
    • Familiar with a variety of IT concepts and ability to perform the technical, mathematical and scientific aspects of a project.
    • Oral and written communication skills.
    • Organizational and interpersonal skills.
    • Valid driver’s license.
    To apply, please visit the Minnesota State Fair career portal at:

    https://secure4.entertimeonline.com/ta/6121938.careers?CareersSearch


  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 4:22 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham (Administrator)


    Minnesota State Fair – Operations Manager
    (Full-Time, Exempt)

    Overview

    The primary role of the Operations Manager position is to provide coordination of activities in the Plant Management Division including but not limited to Transportation, Health and Safety issues, Purchasing, Planning, Budgets, and Special Projects. To apply, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this posting.

    Essential Functions

    • Manage planning of activities of full time and seasonal departments.
    • Manage a portfolio of projects in capital improvement and maintenance, activities related to fair set up and take down, and general fairgrounds maintenance.
    • Prepare division reports, research documents, and contracts.
    • Coordinate long- and short-range planning for the department; research new department projects; develop projects and initiate new division programs.
    • Prepare documents establishing policies and procedures for the department.
    • Provide support to activities for department employees.
    • Know industry trends related to the department or division.
    • Prepare department budgets and expenditures.
    • Respond to comments and concerns with regard to the department or division.
    • Understand safety issues related to the division.
    • Work environment may include working with hazardous substances heat/cold, noise, unprotected heights, bright/dim lighting and mechanical hazards.
    • During peak activity times work extra daily hours and periods with no days off.

    • Assist with tasks as assigned by either the immediate supervisor or General Manager.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in business communications or a related area of study; and four years of experience in a related industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Ability to manage contractors and budgets and coordinate projects with various departments.
    • Oral and written communication skills.
    • Organizational and interpersonal skills.
    • Negotiation skills.
    • Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite
    • Valid driver’s license.

    To apply, please visit the Minnesota State Fair career portal at:

    https://secure4.entertimeonline.com/ta/6121938.careers?CareersSearch


  • Monday, October 14, 2019 8:20 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)


    Our Behind the Scenes Tour of Allianz Field event spaces on September 24 gave our attendees a peek at the full spectrum of options to host a gathering of numerous sizes.

    We started off with a look at the Brew Hall which features 96 different beers on tap and 4,100 square feet of space to host a group. The largest indoor space we toured was the Stadium Club that has the most flexible seating options and is 11,800 square feet. There are suites and other spaces that can host smaller groups if needed.

    Since the stadium is new and they are still working to ensure the turf is maintained to the highest standards, they are not currently renting out the field at this time. They do have outdoor space called the Great Lawn which includes two areas that total 1.2 acres with 660 amps with the combined.

    The stadium is the most “bird safe” in the MLS due to its lack of reflectivity and transparency. It is also LEED certified and has a storm-water management system built into it and the surrounding area. All catering is done by Delaware North Catering who is also the exclusive caterer at Target Field.

    Contact
    specialevents@mnufc.com for more information around hosting your next event at Allianz Field.

  • Tuesday, October 08, 2019 8:57 AM | Junia Joseph-Benham (Administrator)

    Minnesota State Fair – Sponsorship Supervisor
    (Full-Time, Non-Exempt)

    Overview
    The Minnesota State Fair, also known as “The Great Minnesota Get Together” is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region with over 2 million guests attending each year. The fair partners with hundreds of businesses both large and small to help create a positive experience for all of our fair guests. As we continue to grow, so must our Sales team! The role of the Sponsorship Supervisor is to develop, implement, grow and maintain sponsorship programs and touring promotional exhibit relationships, and coordinate the activities of the sales division related to sponsorships and touring promotional exhibits.

    To apply, please follow the instructions at the bottom of this posting.

    Essential Functions

    Generate leads, initiate potential sponsor and touring promotional exhibit contacts and respond to prospective sponsor and touring promotional exhibit referrals and inquiries.
    Value sponsorships, prepare and present sponsor proposals, and issue sponsor and touring promotional exhibit licenses and agreements.
    Collaborate in the review, placement, direction and orientation of sponsors, touring promotional exhibitors and Adopt-AGarden participants.
    Liaison with sponsor and touring promotional exhibit representatives regarding their activities and exposition policies, procedures and practices.
    Coordinate the proper execution and activation of sponsorship, touring promotional exhibit and Adopt-A-Garden agreements and fulfillment of related deliverables.
    Arrange for sponsor and touring promotional exhibit placement, services, physical needs and accommodations in collaboration with other divisions and departments; i.e. utilities, credentials, parking and access needs, etc.
    Maintain knowledge of sponsorship and touring promotional exhibit trends and valuations.
    Assist with collection of fees, return of documents and reconcilement of sales division accounts.
    Maintain records and files and develop and distribute reports and information regarding sponsors, touring promotional exhibits and their activities.
    Collaborate in the preparation and maintenance of the division’s operating budget.
    Maintain awareness of safety, legal and ADA issues.
    During peak activity times, work extra daily hours and periods with no days off.
    Assist with tasks as assigned by either the immediate supervisor or General Manager.

    Required Qualifications

    Two years post high school education; and two years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Knowledge of sponsorships.
    Excellent interpersonal, organizational, planning and negotiation skills.
    Good oral and written communication skills.
    Computer skills: experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
    Customer service experience.

    Valid driver’s license.


    Preferred Qualifications

    Previous experience working with event management software systems.
    Previous experience working with client databases.
    Please submit your resume and cover letter to Patrick Schoen at employment@mnstatefair.org and put “Sponsorship Supervisor” in the subject line. This position has been posted both internally and externally.


  • Monday, July 08, 2019 6:20 PM | Alyssa Olson (Administrator)

    Beginning July 1, 2019, Hennepin County Environmental Health will require any food truck or trailer (also known as a Mobile Food Unit (MFU)) to get a Hennepin license. Even if currently licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) or a city health department, the MFU must also get a license from Hennepin County if operating in the county's licensing.

    This licensing does not apply to MFUs that have a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) license—we will continue to honor those licenses. A Hennepin County MFU license will only be valid in the Hennepin County Environmental Health jurisdiction (see map below).

    Requirements for MFUs:

    • License must be original and posted on-site
    • Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) required per the new Food Code requirements
    • MN Food Code 4626.1860:  “the entire operation shall be accomplished from a single, self-contained unit” – setting up food tables or grills outside the unit is not allowed under the MFU license (additional licensing required).
       
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  • Monday, April 01, 2019 2:18 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham (Administrator)

    An additional round for operations grants submissions has been added for the 2018-19 New Event Grant Program. Beginning April 1, 2019, applicants throughout the state are eligible to apply for the remaining $20,000 in grant funds for new events operations. Applications must be for events that begin after June 1, 2019, and end before May 1, 2021.

     

    The new events grant program is designed to generate economic impact and increase media awareness of the state as an event destination by securing or creating new events in communities. Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and point thresholds to be considered for this opportunity.

     

    Eligible events must be new to Minnesota and open to the public. Applicants must demonstrate support from a local tourism organization, have available lodging capacity, and agree to generate other funding (minimally two-thirds of cash expenses).

     

    The minimum grant request is $5,000, with a maximum of $20,000 per event. State funding is capped at one-third of total cash expenditures per event, and all awarded grants are conditional based on the successful negotiation and execution of contracts.

     

    Applications must be for events that begin at least two months after the application submission date. Applications will be reviewed and awarded in the order they are received until all available funds are completely awarded. Only complete applications will be reviewed. The review committee will evaluate all eligible and complete applications shortly after submission, and selected grantee(s) will be notified within three weeks after the submission with their grant award status. Only one grant application is allowed per organization for this grant funding cycle.

     

    Grant guidelines and applications can be found at mn.gov/tourism-industry/industry-opportunities/grant-programs/new-events.jsp.

     

    Questions on the New Events Grant Program: 
    Email or call Lori Peterson 
    Lori.A.Peterson@state.mn.us
    651-757-1876


  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 3:29 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham (Administrator)
    • Spring and summer are just around the corner and with that wonderful weather comes farmers’ markets, fairs, and food trucks galore! In preparation for these events, Hennepin County Public Health will hold the 4th annual farmers’ market and special event information sessions this April.

       

      Learn about:

       

      When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

      Location: Plymouth Library large meeting room

      15700 36th Ave N., Plymouth, MN 55446

       

      Agenda:

      • 9:30 - 10 a.m. -- Sign in
      • 10 - 10:45 -- Farmers’ market presentation with time for Q&A
      • 10:45 - 11 -- 15 minute break/sign in
      • 11 - 11:45 -- Special event presentation with time for Q&A 

    Feel free to stay after to meet with inspectors and ask questions

    RSVP not required, but encouraged: Click here to RSVP

     

    Any questions can be directed to:

    612-462-5543 or hannah.marschinke@hennepin.us

    Hope you can join us!


  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 7:34 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham (Administrator)

    Green To Go is the Minneapolis ordinance requiring reuseable, recyclable, or compostable packaging for food and beverages served for immediate consumption or to-go.

    Under an exemption, two products could be used even though they did not meet Green To Go rules.

    However, the exemption is ending. After April 22, 2019, these products can no longer be used:

    • Polyethylene (PE) lined paper hot and cold cups and containers for liquids (soup, etc.), and
    • Rigid polystyrene lids. The lids are marked with a #6 inside three chasing arrows.

    The single serve coffee cup and #6 plastic lid (see photo) is an example of products that cannot be used after April 22, 2019

    If you have Green To Go questions, contact the Health Department by calling 311 (612-673-3000) or emailing health@minneapolismn.gov.

    www.minneapolismn.gov/GreenToGo


  • Monday, January 21, 2019 12:00 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham (Administrator)


    Legislative Reception at the Minnesota State Capitol
    Hosted by Visit Saint Paul

    Meet and talk with elected officials and network with your industry peers during this special event at the Minnesota State Capitol. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and docent-led tours of the newly-remodeled state Capitol Building, provided by the Minnesota Historical Society. Complimentary shuttles will loop between the Capitol and InterContinental St. Paul Hotel over the course of the event.  
    Monday, Feb 4, 5:00-6:30 pm.

    MACVB Silent Auction Is Live
    This highly-anticipated fan favorite is back! Bid on items such as Romance in Bloomington package that includes an overnight at the Radisson Blu; Shopping Spree at Edina's Galleria; Top Golf premier event and entertainment center package; and a $5,000 Ad Package from Midwest Living. Bid early, bid often – and you can start your bidding NOW! https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/macvb-2019-auction-6071

    Full Conference Schedule is Now Available!
    The full conference schedule, with session descriptions and speaker bios, is available online. Follow this link to customize your conference agenda.


  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:52 PM | Junia Joseph-Benham (Administrator)

    Top 20 Food Code Changes for Businesses 

    Minnesota’s new Food Code. What do you need to know?

    Minnesota has a new Food Code as of January 1, 2019. 

    Business owners, managers and food workers can learn about important changes in the Food Code by visiting the 2019 Major Food Code Changes webpage. The information is also listed in the flyer Top 20 Food Code changes for businesses.

    The items are divided into two categories: Need to know and Need action. Each item has a brief description of the change.

    More information about each item is in 20 Questions: The Proposed Major Changes of Concern to the Minnesota Food Code from the Minnesota Department of Health.

    There are many more changes in the new Food Code than what are listed on the flyer. Find information about these items, or other items, at Minnesota Food Code (PDF).

    Watch for information about meetings with Minneapolis Health Department staff on the new Food Code.

    Contact your health inspector if you have questions about any of the Food Code changes.

    Green To Go exemptions end April 22

    The Green To Go ordinance requires an annual review of products exempted from the ordinance.

    The Minneapolis Health Department is holding a public meeting to discuss Green To Go product exemptions and to take public comments.

    Early in 2018, the Health Department made the determination the Green To Go product exemptions would end on April 22, 2019. 

    After April 22, 2019, these products will no longer be exempt:

    • Polyethylene (PE) lined paper hot and cold cups and containers for liquids (soup, etc.).
    • Rigid polystyrene lids for those containers. The containers are marked with a #6 inside three chasing arrows.

    The public meeting is: 
    Monday, January 28 
    9 to 11 a.m. 
    Eastside Neighborhood Services 
    1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

    If you cannot attend the public meeting, email or mail your comments to the Health Department.

    Email comments to Daniel.Huff@minneapolismn.gov or mail them to: 
    Minneapolis Health Department 
    Attn: Dan Huff 
    250 South 4th Street, Room 510 
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Submit comments by January 31, 2019.

    The Green To Go ordinance requires food and beverages prepared for immediate consumption and to-go must be placed in packaging that is reusable, recyclable, or compostable. In addition, recyclable materials must be recycled. Compostable plastics must be composted.

    Staple food changes

    Do you own or manage a grocery store in Minneapolis?

    On December 7, 2018, Minneapolis made changes to the staple foods ordinance (Title 10: Chapter 203 of the City code). This local law requires grocery stores to stock a certain amount and variety of staple foods, like fresh produce and whole grains. The changes will make it easier for stores to stock staple foods that match their customers’ cultures and food traditions.

    What do you need to know?

    There are now six staple food categories instead of ten. Eggs, cheese, whole grain cereal, and canned beans have been combined with other similar categories. Stores do not have to stock as many items as before and more items count as staple foods. In early 2019, stores will receive a letter with information about the changes. The Minneapolis Health Department will offer trainings and other support to help store owners comply with the updated ordinance.

    Please visit the staple foods website for more information.

    Contact Kristen Klingler at 612-673-2910 if you have questions.


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