The Owatonna Workforce Development Center closed its doors to the public last April. This evolved due to insufficient funds coming from the Workforce Development Fund and other programs that kept it going.

State Representative John Petersburg of Waseca wrote and stated his week a desire to attempt to re open the Owatonna Workforce Development Center. Petersburg stated that Owatonna is the only Minnesota city with a population larger than 20,000 without a workforce development center. Petersburg stated the center is needed not necessarily for  finding employment but for the fact that a number of people in the area are underemployed. Workforce development centers can help retrain individuals  looking to gain skills in order to secure higher paying jobs.

Petersburg says he is working on legislation that would reopen a workforce development program locally.

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