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Importance of Survival Skills

House Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division 2/12/19


>>[GAVEL]>>CHAIR MAHONEY: MEMBERS WE DON’T HAVE A QUORUM AT THE PRESENT TIME. I WILL BRING THE MEETING TO ORDER THAT WE WILL START. WE ARE GOING TO JUMP AROUND; FOR THOSE WHO ARE ACTUALLY HERE AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE THE AUTHOR FOR HOUSE FILE 180 REPRESENTATIVE 10 S. CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LEARNING. IS READY TO GO. MOSTLY. APPARENTLY YOU ARE MISSING ONE WITNESS? BUT WE WILL DO THE BEST WE CAN DO IN ALL THESE BILLS WILL BE LAID OVER. HOPEFULLY WILL DO ABOUT 20 MINUTES ON EACH AND GET OUT A LITTLE EARLY AND GO SHOVEL OR PUSH SO REPRESENTATIVE 10 SOAK SAUKE WERE GONNA LAY YOUR BILL OVER. SO WHY DON’T YOU GIVE US A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR BILL AND HAVE YOUR TESTIFIERS.>>REPRESENTATIVE SAUKE: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR I’M DUANE ZELLE FROM ROCHESTER MINNESOTA. WITH ME ARE A NUMBER OF TESTIFIERS THAT WILL LAY OUT WITH A MISSION OF THE ENTITIES ARE; HOW THEY ACCOMPLISH THAT MISSION AND HOW THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SERVED. I THINK WE ALL KNOW AND ALL OF A HIGH STANDARDOF HOW STATE AND WE AS INDIVIDUALS STEP UP TO ASSIST THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE GREATER CHALLENGES THAN WE DO AND TO HELP THEM HAVE A FULFILL AND MEANINGFUL LIFE. SO THAT IS THE CORE CENTER OF THE REASON FOR THIS PARTICULAR ASK. WITH THAT;AS WAS SAID WE OF ONE TESTIFIER YET LANDING THEIR PLANE.. HOWEVER; THEY ARE GETTING HERE. WE ALSO HAVEOUR CHIEF ADVISOR WHO IS; I GUESS; ARRIVING SOON. SO WE ARE IN A PARTICULAR STATE OF ARRIVAL .. WITH THAT; I’LL TURN IT OVER TO THEM. THEY WILL GO AHEAD AND DESCRIBE THEIR CONNECTIONS TO THIS BILL.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; AND MEMBERS ON CAROL ROSS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLES LOCA TED IN SOUTH RAPIDS AND MOST OF THE LEGISLATIVE LIAISON FOR THE MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION FOR CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING CAN BY THE WAY THERE IS A TRAIN; CAR ACCIDENT JUST UP THE HILL THAT’S WHERE OUR TESTIFIER IS. THERE’S A MAJOR CRASH. WE ARE HERE TODAY TO ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR HOUSE FILE TO USE 180 FOR CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING; THERE’S 8 ENTITIES IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA WE PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN ALL AGES. WE PROVIDE INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS; TRAINING ACCESSIBILITY ADVOCACY INFORMATION AND REFERRAL IN ALL AREAS OF FOR PEOPLE ALL DISABILITIES. WE ARE HERE TO ASK FOR YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE WITH HOUSE FILE 180 CIO OR COMMITTEE BASIC NONRESIDENTIAL AND CONSUMER -CONTROLLED ORGANIZATIONS. FOR THE PAST 3 DECADES 8 CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING HAVE BEEN EXPECTED TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO PEOPLE ALL DISABILITIES AND ALL AGES THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA BETWEEN ONE AND $3 MILLION. FOR AIDS ORGANIZATIONS THAT COVER THE ENTIRE STATE OF MINNESOTA. WE HAVE NOW BEEN GIVEN US MANDATED COURSE OF US TO PROVIDE ALL SERVICE ADDITIONAL FUNDING. AGAIN; NOT JUST ONE TYPE OF DISABILITY BUT ALL PHYSICAL COOGNITIVE EMOTIONAL CHEMICAL SENSORY ALL DISABILITIES. FROM BIRTH TO DEATH; MILD TO SEVEREIN EVERY COUNTY IN MINNESOTA. AN INDEPENDENT STUDY CONDUCTED 2 YEARS AGO SURE THAT CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING YOUR LEASE 18.2 MILLION RADICALLY A COLLEGE THIS. HOUSE FILE 180 REQUEST 9 MILLION FUNDING ADDED TO OUR BASE WHICH INCLUDES 1 MILLION SPECIFICALLY TARGETED FOR SERVICES TO VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES. THIS WOULD GET US AT LEAST HALFWAY TO OUR TARGET AFTER 30 YEARS. WE KNOW THAT YOU HAVE MANY ISSUES BEFORE YOU AND MANY TOUGH DECISIONS TO MAKE. WE ASK THAT YOU GIVE THIS JUSTICE AND CONSIDERATION THAT IS LONG OVERDUE ON BEHALF OF OVER A HALF BILLION PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN OUR STATE. JUST A FEW STATISTICS. PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CONSTITUTE THE NATIONS LARGEST MINORITY GROUP IN THE WAY WHEN ANYONE CAN BECOME A MEMBER OF IT ANYTIME. BETWEEN 11 AND 15% OF MINNESOTANS HAVE A DISABILITY AND 24% OF THOSE VETERANS HAVE A DISABILITY AND 47% OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE.47%. 44% OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SO THEY’RE NOT BEEN ALLOWED TO LIVE IN A SETTING THEY CHOOSE. TWO THIRDS OF PEOPLE IN GENERAL ACTUALLY AVOID PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BECAUSE THEY’RE STILL UNCOMFORTABLE DON’T KNOW HOW TO ACT. WE URGE YOU TO GIVE US THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES HISTORICALLY; WE HAVE BEEN FURTHER SEGREGATED MARGINALIZE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY’S WITH SUB MINIMUM-WAGE EMPLOYMENT GROUP HOME INSTITUTIONS AND OTHER INDIGNITIES AGAINST THEIR WILL. ALL OF THESE OPTIONS CAUSE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE.AND THE SERVICE CIOS PROVIDE AT A FRACTION OF THE COST AND ACTUALLY EMPOWER PEOPLE WITH ALL DISABILITIES TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY CHOICE AND THE ABILITY TO ACQUIRE THE SAME SKILLS LIFESTYLES THOSE WITHOUT DISABILITY. UNLIKE ANY OTHER MODEL WE PROVIDE SERVICES AND SUPPORT IN ALL AREAS OF LIFE THAT ARE TRULY CONSUMER CONTROL. 51% OF OUR BOARD AND OUR STAFFMUST BE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SO THAT WERE TRULY GOVERNED BY THOSE THAT WE SERVE. THAT’S WHY OUR MODEL WORKS. JUST IN THE PAST YEAR ALONE BETWEEN THE NUMBERS OF INDIVIDUALS LOCATED AT OF NURSING HOMES AND INSTITUTIONS AND ILLNESS 2000 FOR HOME WE PROVIDE [INAUDIBLE] OVER 7000 INDIVIDUALS WE SERVE WE COLLECTIVELY SAVE THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AROUND $20 MILLION. WHICH IS HIGHLIGHTED ON THE BACK OF OUR CANDLE. THERE ARE STILL THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE STATE AS WE WAITED FOR THE SERVICES. WE WANT TO BE CLEAR. WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR A HANDLE. WE ARE ASKING THE LEGISLATURE TO FUND IS CLEARLY COST-EFFECTIVE ; PRODUCES REAL RESULTS; AND TO LOOK AT THE FACTS.WE BRING INDIVIDUALS FROM INDEPENDENCY DEPENDENCE TO INDEPENDENCE; [INAUDIBLE] OBTAIN EDUCATION HOMES PARENTING SKILLS EMPLOYMENT FINANCIAL STABILITY ADVOCACY AND SO MUCH MORE. CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING RETURN ON INVESTMENT IS GREATER THAN ANY OTHER MODEL. WE MUST OF THROWING MONEY A LARGE INSTITUTIONS OPERATE WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY AND WHERE CONSUMER CONTROL ALLOW MINNESOTANS AND VETERANS WITH ALL DISABILITIESTHE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME A SELF-DIRECTED WITHOUT A DISABILITY. FORGIVE ME IF I SOUND A BIT INTENSE. HOWEVER; IT IS AN INTENSE ISSUE. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING DECADES FOR THE HELP THAT WE NEED.THIS IS A CRITICAL ISSUE IN OUR STATE AND WE ARE HERE WITH A SOLUTION THAT ACTUALLY SAVES TAXPAYERSMILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND PRODUCES REAL RESULTS. WE ARE IN CRISIS. PLEASE; DON’T LET THIS BE ANOTHER HEARING THAT YOU SAY SOUNDS GOOD LET US FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS. WE WENT DOING THIS A LONG TIME AND WE HAVE BEEN WAITING 30 YEARS. WE NEED YOUR HELP. LET THIS BE THE YEAR THAT THE LEGISLATURE DOES NOT SIMPLY KEEP DOING WHAT IT’S ALWAYS DONE. PLEASE; LET THIS BE THE YEAR THAT WE PUT PEOPLE FIRST AND FUND WHAT ACTUALLY WORKS . ONE OF OUR TESTIFIERS IS STUCK IN THE TRAIN CAR ACCIDENT AVAILABLE WE DO HAVE JOHN SNYDER HERE TO TESTIFY WITH US.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU. PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY>>TESTIFIER: GOOD MORNING MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS MY NAME IS JOHN SCHNEIDER. I WANT TO TELL YOU MY STORY. I WAS HOMELESS. I WAS LIVING IN A HUNTING BLIND I WAS EATING SQUIRRELS IN THE WILDERNESS AND I SERVED HONORABLY IN THE MARINES FOR 10 YEARS. I WAS TRAINED AS A SNIPER AND WHEN I GOT OUT AND HAD A DIFFICULT TIME TRANSITIONING INTO THE CIVILIAN LIFE I DO NOT HAVE THE SKILLS TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY. I WAS STRUGGLING WITH PTSD AND MORE AND THEN ONE DAY I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM SOME GUY WHO SAID HE WAS FROM THE CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING. HE WENT TO KNOW IF HE COULD HELP YOU IF I COULD COME INTO THE OFFICE AND TALK. SO I MET WITH HIM AND ABOUT THIS TIME I WAS AT THE END OF MY ROPE I HAD NO FAITH IN THE SYSTEM. AND LITTLE OR NO FAITH IN MYSELF ANY LONGER AND HE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT WERE BY NEEDS AND ISSUES. YOU SEE; WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL IS CONTINUOUSLY GIVEN HANDOUTS WE TEND TO LOSE THE ABILITY TO HELP OURSELVES;; SO THE FIRST THING WE ACCOMPLISHED WAS MY HOUSING NEEDS. I’M LESS THAN A MONTH LATERI GOT INTO MY OWN APARTMENT ALONG WITH ENERGY ASSISTANCE; KITCHEN ITEMS; AND SOME COOKING SKILLS THEY HAD TAUGHT ME OVERTIME; I LEARNED TO ADVOCATE FOR MYSELF ; TO GET THE MEDICAL TREATMENT I NEEDED TO FILE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS I GOT MY FAMILY BACK. MY SON LIVES WITH ME AND MY MOTHER IS AGAIN PROUD OF ME. I ONCE AGAIN RESPECT MYSELF AND NOW I’M IN COLLEGE PURSUING A BACHELOR’S DEGREE I’VE ARTIE COMPLETED MY ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN ENGINEERING. I CURRENTLY HOLD A 4.0 GPA I DO PUBLIC SPEAKING TO MINORS AND TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT DANGERS OF DRUGS; ALCOHOL; BULLYING; .. I MOVED INTO A HOUSE THIS YEAR AND NOW ON MY OWN RELIABLE VEHICLE. I HAD THE HONOR OF LEADING MIGHT TRIBE CEREMONIAL TRADITIONS AT THE EAGLE STAFF [INAUDIBLE] HAVE ALSO BEEN PROMOTED TO CHAPLAIN OF THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 2019 . I ONCE AGAIN CONSIDER MYSELF A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF SOCIETY. I/O ACCESS NORTH; A DEEP DEBT OF GRATITUDE. I HAD A HUGE MOUNTAIN OF ISSUES TO OVERCOME AND THE CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING FROM THIS OVERWHELMING MOUNTAIN DOWN INTO ACHIEVABLE SMALL STEPS THAT I CAN MANAGE . THE MARINE CORPS GIVE ME THE SKILLS TO SAVE MY LIFE . MINNESOTA CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVINGTAUGHT ME HOW TO GIVE THAT LIFE BACK . I WANT TO THANK THIS COMMITTEE AND THE CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING FOR BEING HERE TODAY THANK YOU.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU MR. SCHNEIDER.>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; WE ALSO A HANDOUT OF ANOTHER TESTIFIER THAT CANNOT BE HERE TODAY.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: CERTAINLY. ONE OF THE PAIGE’S WILL TAKE THAT.>>TESTIFIER: HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? REPRESENTATIVEROBINS>>REPRESENTATIVE ROBBINS: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR THANK YOU MR. SCHNEIDER FOR YOUR TESTIMONY. WERE INCREDIBLY HONORED BY YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR TIME WITH US TODAY. THANK YOU. I JUST HAD A QUICK QUESTION IF YOU HAVE MORE OF A BREAKDOWN OF HOW MUCH IS SPENT IN EACH OF THE GEOGRAPHIC CENTERS AND ALSO HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE SERVED IN EACH ONE?>>TESTIFIER: EACH CENTER; ROUGHLY $3 MILLION AND THAT WE GET IS WHAT EQUALLY AMONG ALL 8 CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING. AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE MAP; THE SERVICE AREAS ARE QUITE LARGE FOR EACH CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING. TO SAY THAT THEY ARE EVEN REMOTELY FULLY SERVED IS NOT ACCURATE. WE ARE BARELY ABLE TO GET INTO ALL OF THOSE COUNTIES . THE TRAVEL ALONE IS HUGE; TRYING TO BRING SERVICES TO THE MOST REMOTE AREAS OF OUR STATE. WHERE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TRULY ARE LIVING IN TENTS WITHOUT CHOICES OR OPTIONS. SO YES; THE 3 MILLION IS SPLIT EVENLY FOR THE 8 ENTITIES TO SHARE.>>REPRESENTATIVE ROBBINS: HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE SERVING EACH REGION?>>CHAIR MAHONEY: I’M SORRY; WE HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION?>>REPRESENTATIVE ROBBINS: FOLLOW-UP. COULD YOU SAY HOW MANY ARE SERVED IN EACH REGION?>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR;; MEMBERS COME I DON’T HAVE THOSE NUMBERS IN FRONT OF ME. EACH AREA SERVESROUGHLY DIFFERENT NUMBERS BECAUSE SO MUCH MORE HEAVILY POPULATED AND SOME US ARE DOING MORE WITH GEOGRAPHIC ISSUES AND TRYING TO GET OUT OF MOST REMOTE AREAS. I KNOW IN OUR CENTER WE SERVED OVER 3000 IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA ALONE. COLLECTIVELY; WE SERVED OVER 7000 AND ATCHISON ARE CORE SERVICES. EACH CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING PROVIDES A PLETHORA OF OTHER SERVICES DESIGNED TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THEIR EACH UNIQUE GEOGRAPHIC REGION. SO BEYOND THAT; THERE’S THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS MORE THAT WERE SERVED.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: REPRESENTATIVE GUNTHER>>REPRESENTATIVE GUNTHER: [INAUDIBLE] AND I SAT IN A CHAIR AND ONE THING THEY DO A VERY GOOD JOB IS REFERRED TO PEOPLE TO OTHER PLACES FOR SERVICES. [INAUDIBLE]. MR. CHAIRMAN [INAUDIBLE].>>CHAIR MAHONEY: BEING STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR I SUSPECT IS BE EN BETTER THAN A CAR TRAIN ACCIDENT THAT WAS STILL MUDDY WAS STUCK BEHIND. REPRESENTATIVE SLOCUM YOU HAVE A WITNESS MADE IT IN. WOULD YOU LIKE TO COMMENT OR ADD ANYTHING?>>TESTIFIER: HI. MY NAME IS MICHELLE POKER.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU; GO AHEAD.>>TESTIFIER: IN 2006 I WAS A YOUNG MOTHER OF THE YOUNG SON WORKING AT A [INAUDIBLE]JOB WITH A TON OF CIVIC ACTIVITIES I WAS AT THE TOP OF MY GAME. WITHOUT WARNINGMY LIFE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. OUT OF THE BLUE I HAD A SERIES OF STROKES THAT WERE YOUR DEATH. I SPENT OVER A YEAR AND HALF IN HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES IN MANY INSTITUTIONS TRYING TO RECOVER AND LEARNING HOW TO EAT; WALK; SHOWER; EXERCISE; BRUSH MY TEETH LITERALLY; EVERYTHING. MY LIFE NO LONGER EXISTED. AS I KNEW. I D O NOT KNOW HOW TO FACE LIFE AS A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY. I BECAME EXTREMELY DEPRESSED. AS MANY ISSUES TO OVERCOME; SUCH AS [INAUDIBLE] TO UNDERSTANDINGS LIKE HOW TO READ OR WATCH MOVIES. GETTING USED TO NOT FEELING HALF OF MY BODY SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE TO MANAGE OR OVERCOME. MY SON WAS THEN ALMOST 2 YEARS OLD. I’VE MISSED SO MUCH IN SETTING UP TAKING HIS FIRST UPS HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY;. MY QUESTION WAS WHAT I EVER BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF MY SON; LIVE ON MY OWN OR DO ANYTHING? I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO. THANKFULLY; MY SOCIAL WORKER GOT ME CONNECTED TO [INAUDIBLE] MY INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER IN [INAUDIBLE] RAPIDS IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF GETTING MY LIFE BACK. IT WAS A DIFFERENT LIFE BECAUSE LIFE HAD CHANGED COMPLETELY AND I NEEDED TO BE ABLE TO BEGIN MY INDEPENDENCE. [INAUDIBLE] A FEW THINGS MY CIO HELPED ME WITH WORK COOKING WITH NOT BEEN ABLE TO FEEL HEAT ORGANIZING MY HOME; REMODELING MY ENTIRE HOME FOR ACCESSIBILITY; R EMODELING MY BATHROOM; ADDING A CHAIRLIFT TO GET TO THE 2ND FLOOR; RELOCATING MY LAUNDRY ROOM SO I COULD MANAGEE MY LAUNDRY MYSELF ;; INSTALLING AN OUTDOOR RAMP; SHARING AND COMMUNICATING WITH MY SON; ADVOCATING FOR MYSELF AND MY NEEDS; ADVOCATING WITH DOCTORS AND KNOWING HOW TO HAVE THEM HEAR ME; ACCESSING MY COMMUNITY ; OVERCOMING THE EXTREME FEAR OF FALLING IN PUBLIC. WITH THE SUPPORT OF MY CIO AND MY FAMILY I WAS ABLE TOSTART LIVING IN MY OWN HOME WITH MY SON AFTER REGAINING MY INDEPENDENCE I KNEW HAD MORE TO GIVE. THE CIO NOT ONLY CHANGE MY LIFE. I DISCOVERED IT CHANGES LIFE FOR MANY PEOPLE. THEY SET ME ON A COURSE OF SUCCESS SO MUCH SO I KNEW I HAD TO BE A PART OF IT. I SET OUT TO BECOME AN EMPLOYEE.. FORTUNE; IN 2014 THEY HIRED ME AS A PEER MENTOR. CIOS ARE CONSUMER CONTROLLED. IF IT’S 1% OF THE STAFF ARE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. THERE IS NO OTHER MODEL LIKE IT. AS A STAFF PERSON ICE HELP OTHERS IN COPING WITH HER DISABILITIES; LEARN HOW TO REACH OUT FOR SOCIALIZATION AND FINDING NEEDED RESOURCES AS WELL AS ADVOCATING FOR THEMSELVES. DATING ACCESSIBILITY IN THEIR HOMES; COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION; VOLUNTEERING;JOB RESOURCES; PLUS MANY OTHER STRATEGIES TO LIVING LIFE WITH A DISABILITY. [INAUDIBLE] GAVE ME THE PURPOSE AND MEANING. IT HAS EMPOWERED ME TO BE A TEACHER BIDDING CITIZEN AND MORE IMPORTANT; TO SHARE MY PURPOSE AND PASSION WITH SO MANY WHO ARE STRUGGLING. CIO ARE THE [INAUDIBLE] OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN MINNESOTA NEEDED AND PASSIONATE FOR THIS CAUSE COULD IT’S CRITICAL THAT OTHERS WITH DISABILITIES HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY THAT I — THAT ALLOWED ME TO GET BACK ON MY FEET. DISABILITIES DO NOT AND LIFE. THEY REDEFINE IT. CIOS WORK ON SO MANY LEVELS. IT HAS ALLOWED ME TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY WITH SELF DIRECTION; CHOICES; AND NOW BY THE WAY FOR OTHERS. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU. I SEE THERE’S ANOTHER WITNESS OF THE TABLE. PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY>>TESTIFIER: I’M JERRY GILBERTSON. FROM HOUSTON MINNESOTAAND; CHAIRMAN MAHONEY AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE; OPTIONS STARTED WORKING WITH ME IN 2012. I WAS 27 YEARS OLD. I WENT TO SCHOOL IN HOUSTON MINNESOTA. I WAS IN SPECIAL ED CLASSES BOTH ELEMENTARY AND MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL. I WAS LIVING AT MY FATHER’S FARMSTEAD AND NEVER LIVED ALONE. I STARTED WORKING WITH OPTIONS TO HELP ME LEARN THE DRIVERS TRAINING MANUAL BOTH THE RULES OF THE ROAD THE TRAFFIC SIGNS. I TOOK THE TEST MANY TIMES; READING IT ON MY OWN ; LISTENING TO IT ON THE COMPUTER AND THEN WE FOUND A SITE THAT WOULD READ THE TEST TO ME IN PERSON. THE 2ND TIME THERE I PASSED THE WRITTEN EXAM; BOTH PARTS RULES AND SIGNS. I PASSED BEHIND THE WHEEL TEST FIRST TIME THAT ENABLED ME TO BEGIN LIVING INDEPENDENTLY. I LEARNED ABOUT HOUSING OPTIONS AND GOT MY OWN APARTMENT. I WAS ABLE TO NOW DRIVE TO THE FARM TO WORK AND ALSO ALLOWED ME TO GET A 2ND JOB KNOWING OTHER FARMYARD’S IN THE SUMMER WITH MY TRAILER MOWER TOAD BY MY PICKUP. I ALSO AM EMPLOYED SHOVELING DRIVEWAYS AND WORKING AS A JANITOR AT A LOCAL SCHOOL IN THE WINTER .. MARTIANS ALSO HELP TO ME BUDGETING AND CHECK WRITING AND BALANCING MY CHECKBOOK. WE HAVE WORKED ON COOKING SKILLS AND MANUAL FOR PLANNING AND WRITING; SHOPPING LISTS. AND THAT’S IT.>>[LAUGHING]>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU.>>TESTIFIER: YOU ARE WELCOME>>CHAIR MAHONEY: MEMBERS; ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS FOR THIS PARTICULAR BILL THAT’S GOING TO BE LAID OVER? REPRESENTATIVE SLOCUM YOU A FEW CLOSING COMMENTS>>REPRESENTATIVE SAUKE: I JUST WANT TO [INAUDIBLE] CARRY THIS A NUMBER OF YEARS [INAUDIBLE]>>CHAIR MAHONEY: ANY [INAUDIBLE] YOU MIGHT’VE HAD. NICE TO SEE YOU. COME ON DOWN.>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS. I REALLY DO WANT TO THANK YOU AND APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE HEARING THIS BILL TO YOU A LOT ABOUT DISABILITIES THAT IS EVEN HALF OF WHAT CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING DO. WITH A DO IS IN CARE THE GROUP IN [INAUDIBLE] THEY HAVE A REALLY NICE BANQUET EVERY YEAR FOR CELEBRATING ABILITIES. I THINK THAT SPEAKS A LOT TO WITH THIS BILL DOES.IT CELEBRATES ABILITIES. IT TAKES WE DO HAVE AND WORKS WITH YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN. I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE BANQUET. IT’S SO COOL. LAST YEAR; WE HAD THE 2018 GOLD MEDAL WINNER AND PARALYMPICS’S NO-COST COMPETITION COLOSSAL LEG IN A SNOW CROSS ACCIDENT. HE WAS LIKE A ROCK STAR. WAS SO AMAZING TO SEE ALL THESE FOLKS GATHER AROUND AND CELEBRATE HIM AND IS LOOKING AT EVERYBODY GOING; BUT LOOK WHAT YOU DO. THAT TRULY IS WHAT I THINK INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLES DOES. LOOKS AT WHAT THE FIRST PERSON CAN DO; BUILD THEM UP; GIVES THEM HOPE; GIVES THEM A LIFE; ALONE SO THEY CAN LIVE INDEPENDENTLY.. I DO WANT TO SAY ANYMORE. I KNOW MY TIME IS UP BUT THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH AND I HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLES AND TO DO EVEN A BETTER JOB THIS YEAR. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU. MEMBERS WE WILL LAY HOUSE FILE 108 OVER. I’VE BEEN TOLD I HAVE TO CALL US TOWARD IT SO I WILL CALL THE COMMITTEE TO ORDER.>>[GAVEL]>>CHAIR MAHONEY: I WILL LAY HOUSE FILE 108 OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN A OMNIBUS BILL. HAVING SAID THAT; REPRESENTATIVE WARD WOULD YOU LIKE TO MOVE THE MINUTES?>>REPRESENTATIVE NOOR: SO MOVED>>CHAIR MAHONEY: ANY ADDITIONS OR CORRECTIONS OR LIMITS? SEEING NONE; ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY; AYE. [CHORUS OF AYES.] SO MOVED.>>[LAUGHING] THOSE OPPOSED; OPPOSED; SAME SIGN. SEEING NONE; THE MINUTES HAVE BEEN APPROVED>>[GAVEL]>>CHAIR MAHONEY: LET’S SEE. WHY DON’T WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK I THINK YOU ARE UP NEXT. REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK; WE ARE GOING TO HOLD YOUR BILL OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION. IF YOU LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION AND PROCEED.>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. I WOULD MOVE HOUSE FILE 656 BE HELD OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: PLEASE; PROCEED>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIRCOMMITTEE MEMBERS. I AM PLEASED TO OFFER AN AUTHOR HOUSE FILE 656. IT’S AN APPROPRIATION FOR A GROUP CALLED INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE MINNESOTA. HERE IN ST. PAUL I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR IT OVER THE SUMMER AND LEARN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THEY DO. I WAS INTRODUCED TO IT A LOT BECAUSE AS AN ADOPTED PERSON AND NEW TO MINNESOTA MYSELF; I KIND OF TOOK AN INTEREST IN SOME OF THE WORK THAT THEY DO PROVIDING RESOURCES AND SERVICES FOR NEW AMERICANS; IMMIGRANTS; TO MINNESOTA AND THEY DO A NATURALIZATION SUMMARY I WAS ABLE TO WITNESS AS NEW MINNESOTANS COME HERE AND THEY EARN THEIR CITIZENSHIP. I MET A GENTLEMAN IT TOOK HIM 20 YEARS TO FINALLY BECOME A US CITIZEN AND THEY HAD THE CEREMONY THERE BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY; IT’S THE RESOURCES THAT THEY PROVIDE THE JOB TRAINING THAT’S RELEVANT TO THIS COMMITTEE FOR NEW AMERICANS TO BE ABLE TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT AND INTEGRATE INTO THE MINNESOTA SOCIETY THE INCIDENT PROVIDES CONFERENCE OF OUTCOME-BASED PROGRAMS FOR REFUGEE SERVICES; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; IMMIGRATION SERVICES; AND ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING SERVICES; AND THEN; I THINK ALSO VERY IMPORTANT IS INTEGRATED ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION. IN DOING SOME OF MY RESEARCH I FOUND THAT IMMIGRANTS WHO IMPROVE THEIR ENGLISH ALMOST QUADRUPLED THEIR INCOME. ABOUT $10;800 PER YEAR INCOME AVERAGE FOR THOSE WITH MINIMAL ENGLISH SKILLS; COMPARED TO ALMOST 41;000 PER YEAR INCOME FOR THOSE WITH IMPROVED ENGLISH SKILLS .. SO THAT’S A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN PURCHASING POWER IN ONE OF THE SERVICES THE INSTITUTE DOES. WITH US TODAY WE HAVE JANE — FROM THE INSTITUTE WITH A COUPLE OF OTHER TESTIFIERS. ONE OF THE STUDENTS AND EMPLOYER THAT USES AND HIRES GRADUATES FROM THE TRAINING PROGRAMS. FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS THE NURSING ASSISTANT TRAINING PROGRAM THAT THEY HAVE HELPS OVER 2700 NEW AMERICANS BECOME EMPLOYED IN NURSING ASSISTANTS AND LONG-TERM CARE. OBVIOUSLY; AN INDUSTRY THAT WE HAVE A NEED FOR WORKERS IN THE WORKER SHORTAGE. I HAVE 470 NEW AMERICANS UPGRADED THEIR CAREERS FROM THAT IN THE HEALTHCARE FIELD. IN THE 5 YEARS SINCE THE HOSPITALITY CAREER PATHWAY STARTED ANOTHER PROGRAM THEY HAVE;THEY HAVE TRAINED AND EMPLOYED OVER 2 AND 25 NEW AMERICANS IN HOUSEKEEPING AND HOSPITALITY POSITIONS. MARKING THE FIRST JOBS FOR MANY WOMEN IN THE PROGRAM. MORE IMPORTANTLY; WITH THESE 2 TRAINING PROGRAMS THAT THEY HAVE; – EXCUSE ME – I THINK IT’S THE LONG-TERM PATIENT CARE PROGRAM; THEY HAVE A 94% RETENTION RATE AFTER ONE YEAR’S EMPLOYMENT. SO PEOPLE ARE LEARNING A SKILL; GETTING A JOB; BECOMING SELF-SUFFICIENT AND RETAINING AND EMPLOYS ARE KEEPING THOSE EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED WELL OVER A YEAR WHICH IS A PRETTY HIGH RATE OF EMPLOYMENT AFTER A YEAR. SO I APPRECIATE YOUR CONSIDERATION FOR THE BILL AND HAVE OUR TESTIFIERS COME DOWN AND INTRODUCE THEMSELVES UNTIL A LITTLE BIT ABOUT INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: –>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK AND GOOD MORNING CHAIR MAHONEY AND VICE CHAIR NOOR AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TO I’M JANE GRAHAM AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINNESOTA AND SO I WILL GIVE YOU AN INTRODUCTION TO THE INSTITUTE AND ALSO THEN TALK SPECIFICALLY ABOUT OUR WORKFORCE THE MOMENT WORK AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY AND EDUCATE YOU AND INFORM YOU ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE DO IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: I’M GOING TO INTERJECT HERE THAT WERE GOOD TRYING TO GET THROUGH THE FULL AGENDA THIS MORNING. SO YOU’VE GOT ABOUT 15 MINUTES.>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU. I’M A FAST TALKER. THE INSTITUTE IS A NONPROFIT SERVING NEW AMERICANS. WE ARE IN ST. PAUL; SERVING NEW AMERICANS IN OUR COMMUNITY. THIS YEAR WE WILL CELEBRATE OUR 100TH BIRTHDAY. WE PROVIDE A CONFERENCE OF QUALITY SERVICES INCLUDING EDUCATION; ENGLISH CLASSES; AND COLLEGE PREPARATION COURSES; REFUGEE SOCIAL SERVICES TO NEWCOMERS INTEGRATE; IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMMING.. LAST YEAR WE HELPED OVER 1300 PEOPLE BECOME US CITIZENS AND ANTI-TRAFFICKING SERVICES FOR BOTH LABOR AND SEX TRAFFICKING IN OUR COMMUNITY.WE ALSO OPERATE THE FESTIVAL OF NATIONSEVERY YEAR WAS LARGEST MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION IN THE MIDWEST. MOST RELEVANT TO THIS COMMITTEE IS OUR EMPLOYMENT WORK. HELPING NEWCOMERS FIND THEIR FIRST JOB AND THEN DOING IMPORTANT WORK HELPING THEM MOVE INTO CAREER PATHWAYS WHERE THEY CAN ADVANCE TO A HIG HER WAGE THAT CAN SUSTAIN AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. MEDICAL CAREERS PATHWAY HELPS NEW AMERICANS TO COME NURSING ASSISTANTS AS WAS MENTIONED THAT WE HAVE THE TRAINING ON-SITE AND THEN WE HELP THEM ADVANCE INTO NURSING POSITIONS AND OTHER ADVANCED POSITIONS WITHIN HEALTHCARE. WE HAVE EMPLOYED MORE THAN 2700 NEW AMERICANS IN HEALTHCARE POSITIONS. OVER 2200 IN NURSING ASSISTANT POSITIONS AND 500 HAVE ADVANCE INTO NURSING AND OTHER ADVANCED POSITIONS IN THE MEDICAL FIELD.. AS THAT’S ALREADY BEEN STATED AND THAT’S HAPPENED OVER THE LAST 2 DECADES. THIS PROGRAMIS AN 86% JOB PLACEMENT RATE AND A 94%1 2 MONTH RETENTION RATE. IN AN INDUSTRY THAT HAS A NATIONAL TURNOVER RATE OF 70%. SO IF AN EMPLOYER HIRES ARE GRADUATES IT REALLY DRAMATICALLY CHANGES THEIR BUSINESS MODEL SAVING EMPLOYERS OF MONEY AND ALSO PROVIDING CONSISTENT AND QUALITY CARE FOR RESIDENTS. SO CRITICAL TO CAREER ADVANCEMENT IS SUCCESS AS YOU ALL KNOW. THIS PATHWAY INCLUDES COLLEGE READINESS ACADEMY WHICH PROVIDES INTENSIVE ACADEMIC PREPARATION AND COLLEGE NAVIGATION. 96% OF PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE IN THE COLLEGE READINESS ACADEMY COMPLETELY BYPASS REMEDIAL EDUCATION AND COLLEGES MOVING INTO THE COLLEGE COURSE IN WHICH REALLY INCREASE THE COLLEGE RETENTION AND THEIR COLLEGE GRADUATION RATES. WHICH IS CRITICAL FOR PEOPLE WANT TO MOVE UP INTO NURSING POSITIONS. THE HOSPITALITY CAREERS PATHWAY INCLUDES HOTEL HOUSEKEEPING TRAINING; AND HOTEL SUPERVISORY AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND DIETARY AIDE TRAINING FOR BOTH LONG-TERM CARE IN HOSPITALS. AS WAS MENTIONED PATHWAY HAS EMPLOYED OVER 2 AND 25 PEOPLE IN THE LAST 5 YEARS. 85% OF THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE PATHWAY WERE UNEMPLOYED WHEN THEY ENTER THE PATHWAY. SO THE FUNDING REQUEST WE HAVE BEFORE YOU WILL PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE HOSPITALITY PATHWAY AND WILL MORE FULLY FUND THE WORK THE MEDICAL CAREERS PATHWAY. THIS FUNDING WILL PROVIDE 35 NEW ADDITIONAL JOB PLACEMENTS FOR THE HOSPITALITY PATHWAY AND HELP TO FUND THE 137 MEDICAL CAREER PLACEMENTS THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE. IN 2017; WE COMPETED FOR AND WERE AWARDED A P2P GRANT FROM DEED FOR [INAUDIBLE] IT’S A TWO-YEAR GRANT AND WERE GRATEFUL FOR THAT FUNDING COULD BUT THESE FUNDS COVER ABOUT 26% OF THE MEDICAL CAREERS PATHWAY DO NOT FUND THE HOSPITALITY PATHWAY CURRENTLY. SO WE ARE HERE BEFORE YOU TO ASK AGAIN TO REPEAT FUNDING FOR THE HOSPITALITY PATHWAY AND SUSTAIN THE FUNDING WE DEED IN THE MEDICAL CAREERS PATHWAY. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU. THE NEXT TESTIFIER?>>TESTIFIER: HELLO. MY NAME IS INITIATES A FOR PRESBYTERIAN [INAUDIBLE] EMPLOYEE PARTNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO TO MAKE IT JUST WHAT TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT PRESBYTERIAN HOMES. WE BEEN AROUND SINCE 1955. WE PROVIDE SENIOR CITIZENSSERVICES TO SENIORS IOWA AND WISCONSIN WE ARE THE 4TH LARGEST NONPROFITIN MINNESOTASENIOR SERVICES ORGANIZATION OF THE COUNTRYWHEN THE TOP 20 LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN MINNESOTA. AND WITH A 6 2ND FASTEST GROWING IN OUR SECTOR. JANE SPOKE ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY IN RETAINING EMPLOYEES IN THIS FIELD. WE’VE A LOT OF COMPETITION FOR THE PEOPLE WE HIRE. NASH TOOK ABOUT 70% OF THE CAREGIVERS IN OUR INDUSTRY TURNOVER WITH PRESBYTERIAN HOMES TURNOVER IS UNDER 40%. THE CREDIT THAT LARGELY WITH OUR ORGANIZATIONAL MODEL BUT ALSO WITH WHO WE HIRE PEOPLE FROM. IN THE PAST 5 OR SO YEARS WITH HIRED ABOUT 140 EMPLOYEES FROM INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE AND NURSING ASSISTANT POSITIONS. WE OF 6600 EMPLOYEES IN 3 STATES AND ABOUT 50% OF OUR BOYS ARE NURSING ASSISTANTS. SO THAT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF THE URGENCY OF FILLING THESE ROLES BECAUSE THEY ARE THE LARGEST ROLE. IN THE PAST; 24 MONTHS 41% OF OUR APPLICANTS HAVE IDENTIFIED AS NONWHITE . I CAN’T GIVE YOU AN IMMIGRANT BREAKDOWN OF THAT BUT I CAN TELL YOU A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF OUR EMPLOYEE POPULATION IS NONWHITE; MANY OF THEM IMMIGRANTS. I WAS A MOST OF OUR NURSING ASSISTANCETHAT APPLY LATELY ARE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES ; OVER 50%. A LOT OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES BECAUSE IN OTHER COUNTRIES CARING FOR SENIORS IS A VALUE AND A PRIORITY AND SO WHEN THEY COME TO OUR COUNTRY IT’S A REAL NATURAL PROGRESSION INTO A CAREER PATH I CAN REALLY HELP SUPPORT THEM IN THE FUTURE. WE WILL NEED TO HIRE ABOUT 46;000 EMPLOYEES IN THE NEXT 15 YEARS JUST PRESBYTERIAN HOMES ALONE; TO MEET OUR GROWTH GOALS BUT LOOKING TO DOUBLE IN SIZE IN THE NEXT 15 YEARS BECAUSE OF THE SENIOR POPULATION GROWING IN THE NEED OF THE SENIOR POPULATION ARE GOING TO INCREASE BY 65% THE NEXT 15 YEARS. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR ECONOMY; THERE WERE 6.3 MILLION UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE VERSUS 6.99 OPEN JOBS IN THE LAST YEAR. SO THE SUPPLY IS DEFINITELY NOT MEETING THE DEMAND ALL OVER BUT DEFINITELY AN INDUSTRY WHERE 60;000 OLDER ADULTS TURN 65 EVERY DAY. JUST TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT WE GET FROM THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE; THEIR EMPLOYEES ARE REALLY DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THEMSELVES AND GROWING THEIR CARIBBEAN WE HAVE A VERY BLESSED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AND WE CURRENTLY ON PAR TO GIVE OUT $1.5 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO OUR EMPLOYEES FOR VARIOUS THINGS THAT A LOT OF THOSE ARE NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS AND IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TO BE WILLING TO WORK JUST AN AVERAGE OF 10 HOURS A WEEK THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF YOUR EDUCATION AND I WOULD SAY THAT MAJORITY OF OUR EMPLOYEES IMMIGRANT EMPLOYEES RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS WORK WELL OVER THAT. THEY ARE IN THE 2025; 30 HOUR A WEEK MANY OF THE MAINTAIN FULL-TIME HOURS AND A LOT OF OUR AMERICAN-BORN SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE MEETING THE 10 HOUR REQUIREMENTS AND NOT REALLY GOING OVER THERE. IT’S REALLY HELPFUL TO US BECAUSE WE NEED THOSE CAREGIVERS THAT WE LIKE TO HELP THEM GROW BUT THERE’S AN ATTORNEY CONSEQUENT IS OF THE SCOTIA PROGRAM WHICH MEANS PEOPLE REDUCE THEIR HOURS IN ORDER TO ATTEND SCHOOL. SO THESE IMMIGRANTS TO COME WORK FOR US ARE VERY MOTIVATED TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES THEY ALSO VERY MOTIVATED TO WORK NATURALLY HELPFUL TO US AND SO WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THAT POOL OF EMPLOYEES . ANOTHER THING I WANT TO JUST MENTION; THAT ARE APPLICANT NUMBERS ARE CURRENTLY ABOUT 200 BELOW WHAT WE NEED THEM TO BE EVERY MONTH IN ORDER TO MEET OUR OPENINGS. WE ARE JUST ONE EXAMPLE THAT YOU WERE VERY BLESSED TO BE SO LARGE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT US WITH GREAT NAME RECOGNITION IN THE INDUSTRY. FOR SMALL ORGANIZATIONS THAT DON’T HAVE IT; THEY ARE STRUGGLING A LOT MORE IN THEIR NURSING HOMES ARE CLOSING BECAUSE THEY CANCELED THEIR OPENINGS. ALL OVER THE STATE. SO THIS IS A REAL CRISIS BUT WE NEED TO TRAIN MORE PEOPLE TO BE CAREGIVERS OR WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE WILL SERVE THE SENIORS NEED THE SERVICES. THEN; FINALLY; TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THAT LACK OF PEOPLE; COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE CANCELING THE NURSING ASSISTANT PROGRAMS FREQUENTLY LIKE EACH QUARTER; THEY MAY CANCEL A CLASS BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ENROLLMENT GOOD THAT HAPPENS TO US FREQUENTLY. CENTURY COLLEGE TEACHES A NURSING ASSISTANT GRASS THAT ARE LOCATION JUST THIS SIDE OF STILLWATER IN OAK PARK HEIGHTS AND AT LEAST 5 TIMES THAT YEAR HAVE TO CANCEL A CLASS BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ENROLLMENTS. A PROGRAM LIKE THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE PULLS FROM A DIFFERENT POOL OF PEOPLE MAKE AND SO THESE ARE MORE PEOPLE IN THAT THEIR CYNICISM CLASSES IF THEY HAD THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. SO WE ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING THEM EXPAND THEIR SERVICES SO THEY CAN SERVE MORE IMMIGRANTS AND THEN WE CAN HIRE MORE PEOPLE TO CARE FOR THE OLDER ADULTS WE NEED TO CARE FOR.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU HAVE SOMEONE ELSE REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK? PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU. MY NAME IS MARIE — TO AND FROM WANDA IN AFRICA. I CAME HERE IN AMERICA IN 2005. WITH MY CHILDREN TO JOIN MY HUSBAND BECAUSE HE HAD A ASYLUM. WHEN I CAME NOW I WORK AT THE NURSING HOME [INAUDIBLE] IN ST. PAUL. I STARTED THERE IS A NURSING ASSISTANT IN 2006 AND NOW I’M A REGISTERED NURSE AND I’M A CHARGE NURSE ON THE [INAUDIBLE] UNIT. WHEN I CAME IN 2005 MY HUSBAND TOOK ME TO THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINNESOTA AND I TOOKMY JOURNEY HERE AND YOU CAN DO IT TOO. AFTER MY NURSING ASSISTANT TRAINING I STARTED WORK AT IT MORE CLASSES AT THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR COLLEGE READINESS BECAUSE I WANT TO KEEP GOING AND HAVE MY DEGREE. SO THE PROGRAM HELPED MEA LOT AS IT HELPS SO MANY REFUGEES AND NEW IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY. I LEARNED HOW THE COLLEGE WORKS HERE IT I GOT TO KNOW HOW TO FIND A COLLEGE AND HOW TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES. SO I GOT TO STUDY SKILLS. I’VE SO MANY SILLY SKILLS AT THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE THAT I NEEDED TO GO TO COLLEGE AND I WENT; I STUDIED AT ST. PAUL COLLEGE. IT WAS EASIER FOR ME AND EVERY YEAR I WAS ON THE DEAN’S LIST. I GRADUATED AS A LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE IN DECEMBER 2008 AT ST. PAUL COLLEGE. THEN; LATER I SAID I CAN MAKE IT; I KEPT GOING MEN WENT TO MINNEAPOLIS [INAUDIBLE] TECHNICAL COLLEGE WHERE I GRADUATED AS A REGISTERED NURSE IN 2015 WITH MY ASSOCIATES DEGREE. SO THE MEDICAL CAREER PATHWAY I FOLLOWED THAT INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE HHELP ME A LOT DURING MY SCHOOLING THEY PROVIDED FINANCIAL HELP AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT WHILE I WAS IN COLLEGE AND DURING MY EARLY EMPLOYMENT. SO I DO NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEM GETTING COLLEGE BOOKS WHEN I WAS GOING TO THEM AND I WAS CONFIDENT IN WHAT I WAS DOING AND THEY WERE ABLE TO SUCCEED. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY. APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND PRESENCE HERE. DID YOU HAVE ONE MORE>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: NO; MR. JABIR DUE TO THE WEATHER WE WERE MORE TESTIFIER WAS AWARE OF I TOLD HIM ONE MINUTE.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: [INAUDIBLE] PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE.>>TESTIFIER: THANK YOU DID MY NAME IS DANIEL –. I WAS BORN IN KENYA. I MOVED TO THE US IN 2009 AND STARTED WORKING IN THE NURSING HOME AFTER CHALLENGING THE EXAM. I CAME TO KNOW THE INSTITUTE OF MINNESOTA MY WIFE; SHE IS THERE AND SHE WENT TO THE INSTITUTE. SHE GOT EDUCATED THERE AND THREW HER A BENEFIT BECAUSE I STARTED THE PROGRAM AT ST. PAUL COLLEGE AS AN LPN. SO BEFORE I GRADUATED AT THE INSTITUTE THEY GIVE ME 2 SCHOLARSHIPS FROM THE INSTITUTE AND THEN I GRADUATED IN 2016. BY NOW; I’M WORKING AT[INAUDIBLE] AND INTO COMMUNITIES OF CARE .. IT’S A HOME CARE SERVICES AND NOW I AM DONE WITH THE PARK PREREQUISITES FOR RN PROGRAM AND I HAVE APPLIED TO MINNESOTA WEST AND SOON I WILL JOIN THEIR AND TAKE MY DEGREE. I APPRECIATE THE HELP OF MINNESOTA INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MINNESOTA. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU COMING IN THIS MARKET WE KNOW THE TRAFFIC HAS BEEN CRAZY. DOES THAT CONCLUDE YOUR TESTIFIERS?>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: THAT DOES CONCLUDE OUR TESTIFIERS. HE WILL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS. OTHERWISE WE I WILL RENEW MY MOTION>>CHAIR MAHONEY: EITHER ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE REPRESENTATIVE OR SPIRIT IN REPRESENTATIVE NOOR>>REPRESENTATIVE NOOR: JUST A QUICK COMMENT; MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS. I’VE KNOWN THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR MANY YEARS THAT I’VE SEEN HIM DO THE WORK WELCOMING NEW AMERICANS FROM THE AIRPORT TO THEIR HOMES TO THEIR JOBS. THEY DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB . I KEEP ON REFERRING INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED SERVICES WORK WITH THEM IN VARIOU S CAPACITIES. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WORK YOU DO.>>CHAIR MAHONEY:. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK WOULD YOU LIKE TO RENEW EMOTION>>REPRESENTATIVE KOZNICK: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A GOOD INNOVATIVE MODEL THAT IS PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK IN HELPING OUR ECONOMY AND PROVIDING NEEDED JOBS . SO I WOULD LIKE TO RENEW MY MOTION FOR HOUSE FILE 656 TO BE LAID OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: SO MOVED. THANK YOU. LET’S SEE; WHO IS NEXT YEAR? HOUSE FILE 369. REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT. REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT; WELCOME TO THE JOBS COMMITTEE.>>REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT: THANK YOU FOR THE INVITATION.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: I THINK YOU ARE ON THIS COMMITTEE A ONE-TIME>>REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT: MR. CHAIR I SERVED IN THE MINORITY AND WAS PROBABLY THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY TERM FROM 2013-2014. I LEARNED A GREAT DEAL AND I’VE USED THE TOOLS FOR GREAT ADVANTAGE SINCE.>>[LAUGHING]>>CHAIR MAHONEY:; YES; MA’AM.>>REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT: YOU GIVE ME 20 MINS TO STOP TALKING ABOUT THAT>>CHAIR MAHONEY: I MINNESOTA AND I’M A LITTLE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT ME. YOU HAVE HOUSE FILE 359 AND I WILL MOVE 369 FOR YOU FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE OMNIBUS BILL. PLEASE; PROCEED>>REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS I WILL BE BRIEF AND I KNOW TIME IS SHORT YOU A COUPLE OF OTHER BILLS THAT ARE PRESSING UPON YOU THIS MORNING AS WELL. TODAY I WANT TO TALK ABOUT TECHNOLOGY. AND HOW MINNESOTA CAN SUPPORT OUR EMERGING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES. THE STATE HAS AN R&D TAX CREDIT AND IN ANGEL INVESTMENT CREDIT. WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR HELPING TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES GROW AND DEVELOP AND THRIVE AND WE SHOULD DO WHAT WE CAN TO SUPPORT AND STRENGTHEN THOSE PROGRAMS. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS; HOWEVER; THAT WE CAN HELP MINNESOTA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES DEVELOP THAT IS BY LEVERAGING STATE FUNDS WITH FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDS. HOUSE FILE 369 ESTABLISHES A STATE MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM FOR COMEDIES THAT RECEIVE FUNDING THROUGH 2 COMPETITIVE FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. LET ME JUST BE CLEAR THAT OUR DEFINITION OF SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THOSE WITH NOT MORE THAN 500 EMPLOYEES. I HAVE 2 TESTIFIERS THAT AS OF A REPRESENTATIVE FROM MINNESOTA TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION MR. DOCKAGE. I WILL REMOVE MYSELF FROM THE CONVERSATION SO THEY CAN SPEAK MORE ELOQUENTLY TO THE SUBJECT AT HAND. THANK YOU MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT.PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE RECORD MY NAME IS JOHN WRIGHT IN MINNESOTA HIGH-TECH ASSOCIATION. I LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT PROFFERING THIS BILL AND YOU; MR. JEFFERSON IS SOMETIME TODAY DISCUSSING SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IN MINNESOTA. AS REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT MENTIONED; THE STATE MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM IS IMPORTANT FOR ENCOURAGING INNOVATION AND GROWTH IN MINNESOTA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ECOSYSTEM. CHRONIC; 16 STATES INCLUDING IOWA AND WISCONSIN THE MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM THAT SUPPORTS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IN THE STATES AND SINCE 1983 MORE THAN 6 AND $50 MILLION IN FUNDING HAS BEEN COMPETITIVELY AWARDED TO MORE THAN 150 COMPANIES ACROSS MINNESOTA FROM WINONA TO ROCHESTER; DULUTH AND THE TWIN CITIES.AND SPI OR STT YARD MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT HELPS TAKE TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS TO COMMERCIALIZATION MINNESOTA HAS HAD A NUMBER OF SUCCESS STORIES OVER THE YEARS AND THESE INCLUDE COMEDIES LIKE MBE CORPORATION; [INAUDIBLE] CYBER OPTICS; AND DATA INTERNATIONAL; COUPLE WHICH>>CHAIR MAHONEY: IF I COULD STOP YOU FOR JUST A MOMENT? MIGHT YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH THE COMMITTEE WITH THOSE OUTCOMES MEAN.>>TESTIFIER: I’M SORRY ABOUT THAT. SBIR IS A SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH PROGRAM AND SPT ARE IS THE – SORRY – SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROGRAM. THOSE ARE 2 FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS. THERE FUNDED AT $3 BILLION THIS FISCAL YEAR AND ARE MEANT TO ENCOURAGE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AND SMALL BUSINESSES. THEY ARE FEDERALLY FUNDED THROUGH 11 FEDERAL AGENCIES SUCH AS THE APARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND IH; NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH ; NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION; AND OTHERS. THEY GO DIRECTLY TO THE COMPANIES . THE NON-DILUTED FUNDING; MEANING THEY DON’T TAKE AN EQUITY STAKE IN THE COMPANY. THEY SIMPLY SUPPORT THE RESEARCH AND COMMERCIALIZATION ACTIVITIES WITHIN THOSE COMPANIES. AS I MENTIONED; WE’VE HAD 150 MINNESOTA COMPANIES THAT HAVE RECEIVED FUNDS FROM THE SBIR AND STT ARE PROGRAMS. $660 MILLION SINCE 1983.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: PLEASE PROCEED WITH THE REST YOUR TESTIMONY. THANK YOU.>>TESTIFIER: THERE’S JUST A COUPLE POINTS I WANT TO MAKE WHY THIS FUNDING IS IMPORTANT IN A COUPLE OF COMEDIES HERE WILL USE THE PROGRAM AND CAN TALK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH IT AND WHY MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM WOULD BE IMPORTANT. BUT THE FIRST; THE FEDERAL REVIEW PROCESS FOR THESE GRANT APPLICATIONS IS RIGOROUS. THERE REVIEW BY SCIENTIFIC PANEL OF EXPERTS; MANY OF WHOM HAVE ADVANCED DEGREES OR INDUSTRY EXPERTISE AND EACH COMPANY SEEKING FUNDING WAS STILL STRAIGHT SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE ; A STRONG TECHNICAL TEAM IN A STRONG COMMERCIALIZATION PATHWAY FOR SELECTED FUNDING . NOW ABOUT 15-20% OF THESE GRANTS ARE SUCCESSFUL ON THE FIRST RUN OF FUNDING AND THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR HELPING SECURE ADDITIONAL FOLLOW ON INVESTMENT FROM ANGEL INVESTORS OR VENTURE CAPITALISTS BECAUSE THE FOLLOW ON INVESTMENT CAN TAKE TIME. SO A MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM HELPS PROVIDE A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE FUNDS THEY RECEIVE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND ANY ADDITIONAL FOLLOW ON INVESTMENT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE THROUGH ANGEL INVESTORS OR VENTURE CAPITALIST. SO; WE WERE COUPLE OF FOLKS HERE TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH THE SBIR AND STT ARE PROGRAMS AND THE IMPACT THAT A MATCHING GRANT WOULD HAVE ON COMEDIES LIKE THEIRS.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: WE CAN BRING THEM TO THE TABLE. GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. ESPECIALLY ON THIS DAY WITH NO PROBLEMS ON THE ROAD. PLEASE; PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY>>TESTIFIER: MY NAME IS CORA LIEBECK I GOT MY DEGREE IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING FROM MIT IN YOUR MERCED CALIFORNIA TO PICK UP IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND HAVE LIVED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IN 2008 AFTER 12 YEARS OF DOW CHEMICAL COMMITTEE AND MY FAMILY OF 6 FROM TEXAS TO MINNESOTA TO JOIN A SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY STARTER. MINNESOTA BECAME NONCOMPETITIVE DUE TO THE COLLAPSE IN OIL PRICES IN 2015 IT FOLDED. AT THAT TIME; I HAD A CHOICE. I COULD LAUNCH A NATIONWIDE JOB SEARCH AND MOVE AGAIN OR FOLLOW MY DREAM TO START MY OWN COMPANY. I HAVE BEEN WATCHING A TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN 3-D PRINTING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS I KNEW THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY THERE. I FOUND IT CHROMATIC 3-D MATERIALS IN 2016. I RENTED A LITTLE LAB SPACE IN GOLDEN VALLEY AND HOLD IT HIRED MY DAUGHTER AND ASPIRING HIGH SCHOOL CHEMIST TO HELP ME TO THE FIRST EXPERIMENT TO PROVE SOME CONCEPTS. I PAID HER IN COFFEE. CHROMATIC 3-D MATERIALS DEVELOP PROPRIETARY MATERIALS CHEMISTRY FOR 3-D PRINTING COMFORTABLE DURABLE [INAUDIBLE] MOST 3-D PRINTING MATERIALS ARE FRAGILE BUT ARE CHEMISTRY APPROACHES LOW 3-D PRINTER PARTS TO MAKE THE DURABILITY STANDARDS OF INDUSTRIAL REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS. THE REASON WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT IS THAT 3-D PRINTING HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE LOCAL SMALL-SCALE MANUFACTURING MUCH MORE ECONOMICAL SO THAT A SMALL ENTREPRENEURIAL SMALL BUSINESS CAN ACTUALLY BRING ALL THEIR PRODUCTION ON SHORT INSTEAD OF TAKING IT OFF OFFSHORE. THE POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS ARE BROAD FOR [INAUDIBLE] LIKE THIS 3-D PRINTED. WE MADE IN OUR SHOP.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THAT WOULD LOOK GOOD ON YOU TONY.>>[LAUGHING]>>TESTIFIER: THEY ARE WOMAN’S SIZE. IT CAN ALSO BE EXAMINED TO BENEFITING COMFORTABLE PROSTHETICS AND AUTOMOTIVE SPARE PARTS. WE ARE SIMPLY GERMAN AUTOMOTIVE COMPANIES TONIGHT. THE MILITARIES IS INJURED IN USING MATERIALS TO MAKE DURABLE THEIR PARTS WHEN THERE AT REMOTE LIPOIC LOCATIONS AND CAN GET SUPPLIES. WHEN MY FIRST STOPS IN 2016 BUILDING MY BUSINESS WAS A VISIT TO PAT DYLAN AT THE AND HCA TO LEARN ABOUT WHETHER WE MIGHT BE ELIGIBLE FOR SBIR GRANTS. SHE GIVES AN ENTHUSIASTIC YOU BET YOU AND I ENROLLED IN ONE OF THE CLASSES TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE A GRANT APPLICATION. SINCE THEN WE HAVE SUBMITTED 5 PROPOSALS COULD IN TWENTYSOMETHING WE WON A 2 AND 25;000 ARE PHASE 1 GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. IN ORDER TO WIN THIS GRANT YOU TO SHOW HOW A TECHNOLOGY CONCEPT WAS VIABLE WHY WAS IMPORTANT IN THE MARKET; WHY WAS A BREAKTHROUGH AND HOW WAS PROPRIETARY. WE NEED TO SHOW HOW THE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CAN ONLY HELP A STATE THAT TECHNOLOGY TO MARKET BUT ALSO SPINE HAVE A TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP US GROW BUSINESS BACK OF REVENUES IN THE TENS OR EVEN HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR. THIS GRANT CAME AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME. I HAD 3 EMPLOYEES. IT WAS REACHING THE END OF OUR INITIAL FRIENDS AND FAMILY INVESTMENT. TO KEEP THE COMPANY RUNNING I WAS CONSTANTLY ASKING MY MOM IF I COULD BORROW MONEY FROM A RETIREMENT AND PUT HER RETIREMENT ARRESTED WINNING PHASE 1 WAS A LIFESAVER. THE SBIR GRANT ALLOWED US TO ADVANCE OUR TECHNOLOGY FROM A BASIC CONCEPT TO A PROVEN TECHNOLOGY AND IN SHORT BEEN ABLE TO PRINT THOSE. YOU SEE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO ADVANCE FROM TRYING TO PRINTER MATERIALS THE [INAUDIBLE] TO CONTROL PRINTING ON ADVANCED 3-D PRINTERS. TO GENERATE THE DATA TO [INAUDIBLE] HAVE A NECESSARY DURABILITY FOR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS BUT ARE PHASE 1 RESULTS EVEN CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY. AT THE END OF THE PHASE I WE ATTRACTED ENOUGH CUSTOMER INTEREST THAT WE WERE ABLE TO WIN MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN INVESTMENT FROM CORPORATE AND INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS. IN 2010 WE APPLY FOR PHASE 2 GRANT. WHICH WILL BE A $750;000 AWARD AND WHEN THE FINAL STEPS OF GRANT APPROVAL. AGAIN; THIS GRANT IS COMING AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME. IT WILL ALLOW US TO MAKE ANOTHER LARGE SUPPORT IN OUR TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED AND HOPEFULLY SET US UP TO IN AN INVESTMENT NOW ALLOWS TO GO FROM 5 EMPLOYEES TO 20 OR 30 OR MORE POORLY; WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET OUR PRODUCT OUT IN THE MARKET TO GET A STEADY REVENUE STREAM AND GROW THE COMPANY AND THE POTENTIAL OF THE TECHNOLOGY. HOWEVER; SBIR MONEY IS VERY RESTRICTIVE IT CAN BE USED TO PAY FOR PET SITTING OR FOR MARKETING DIRECTOR OR FOR LEGAL FEES AND THIS IS WHERE THE MATCHING FUNDS FROM THE STATE WOULD BE MOST HELPFUL. MATCHING FUNDS WOULD HOPE TO CONTINUE THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN PARALLEL WITH THE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE FROM A STORY FROM A CONSULTANT WHO HELPS OUR BUSINESS WITH BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. THE PIZZA COMPANY INTO AND CONTACTED THE COMPANY [INAUDIBLE] WAS MOVED FROM GEORGIA TO KENTUCKY SOLELY BECAUSE OF KENTUCKY’S SPR MATCHING PROGRAM. TODAY; THE COMPANY IS GOING TO 20 EMPLOYEES MOST OF WHOM ARE UNIVERSITY KENTUCKY GRADUATES. COMPANIES WHO WIN SPI GRANTS HAD TO PROVE THAT THE INVENTION TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS PLAN TO BUILD STRONG INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES. MATCHING FUNDS IN MINNESOTA WILL ATTRACT MORE COMPANIES TO WIN THESE GRANTS WOULD HELP THESE COMPANIES THE FINANCIAL SECURITY NECESSARY TO TAKE THE TECHNOLOGY TO MARKET. THANK YOU.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU. VERY EXCITING STUFF. 3-D PRINTING IS PART OF THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE NEED IN THE STATE. SO; COULD YOU PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF AND PROCEED. ESSA MR. CHAIR MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE; THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HER TODAY. MY NAME IS DR. LARSON OXEN. I’M THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER AND COFOUNDER OF SMALL MEDICAL DEVICE STARTUP IN MINNESOTA CALLED RX FUNCTION. WE ARE COMMERCIALIZE [INAUDIBLE] CALLED [INAUDIBLE] THE DEVICE TO HELP PATIENTS WHO HAVE LOST SENSATION IN THE FEET BECAUSE THE PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY IN THEIR BALANCE BOMBS AND CAN’T WALK WELL. THIS IS A NARROW PROSTHESIS THAT PROVIDES INFORMATION BACK TO THEM TO AN INTERFACE WITH THIS WHAT WE CALL THE LEG UNIT. THAT SURROUNDS AND THIS SENSOR WE PUT IN ISSUE THAT MEASURES THE PRESSURE THAT THESE PATIENTS CANNOT FEEL. THIS MAKES THEM WALK AND STAND AND FUNCTION BETTER AND THIS HAS BEEN DEVELOPED UNDER AN SBIR GRANT FROM NIH. I CAN PASS THAT AROUND. BRIEFLY; MY STORY I WAS BORN IN ICELAND. I GREW UP IN SWEDEN WHERE I RECEIVED MY PHD AT MEDICAL SCIENCES AT THE [INAUDIBLE] INSTITUTE IN 1990. IN 1993 I MOVED TO BOSTON TO DO A POST DOCTORATE THERE AT THE WALL AROUND NEUROMUSCULAR RESEARCH CENTER AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY. I ENJOYED BOSTON AND ENDED UP BEEN OFFERED TO STAY IN RESEARCH FACULTY AT THE NEUROMUSCULAR RESEARCH CENTER WHERE I RAN THE LAB FOR 14 YEARS AND HAD FUNDING FROM A LOT OF REGULAR FEDERAL AGENCIES INCLUDING NIH AS WELL AS NASA. IN MY LAB I HAD ONE FOR GRAD STUDENT WANTED TO CONTRIBUTE TO A GAP IN THE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BALANCE. MY EXPERTISE NOW THE BRAIN CONTROLS BALANCE FUNCTION AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE THAT TO HELP; WHAT HAPPENS WITH DISEASE OVERTIME AND SO ON. SO HE DEVELOPED THE IDEA TO REPLACE THE LOST SENSATION IN THE FEET WITH TACTILE INPUT THROUGH VIBRATORS THAT WE DEMONSTRATED THIS IN THE LAB AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY IN AROUND 2000. BOSTON UNIVERSITY FILED A PATENT FOR THIS AND WE COULD NOT BUILD SOMETHING AT THE TIME [INAUDIBLE] BECAUSE THE TECHNOLOGY WAS TOO EXPENSIVE THE SENSORS WERE NOT AVAILABLE YET THE BATTERIES WERE NOT GOOD ENOUGH IN ALL THESE THINGS TH AT ARE FALLING IN PLACE TO THAT ALLOWS US TO MAKE SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IN 2007; I MOVED TO MINNESOTA WITH MY FAMILY AND WE CAME HERE ON THE DAY THE BRIDGE FELL. I’LL NEVER FORGET THAT. AND START OF THE [INAUDIBLE] RESEARCH CENTER UNDER THE [INAUDIBLE] INSTITUTE [INAUDIBLE] BROUGHT WITH ME SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGY WE HAD WORKED ON AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY. IN 2010 I COFOUNDED THE COMPANY RX FUNCTION AND WE RECEIVED A PHASE I SBIR GRANT FROM NIH. SHORTLY AFTER THAT; WHEN WE PROVEN THE INITIAL CONCEPT WE RECEIVED A PHASE 2. SO TOTALED $1.3 MILLION WAS RECEIVED FROM AN AGE TO START THIS COMPANY AND LED TO US BEEN ABLE TO DO DEVELOP AND DEMONSTRATE THE PSYCHOLOGY AND THE FINAL THING WE DID ON THE GRANT WAS TO STUDY WITH A NEAPOLIS VA THAT TO DEMONSTRATE THAT WE COULD HELP PATIENTS THAT HAVE THESE FUNDS TO HELP [INAUDIBLE] IN A SESSION WITH A PHYSICAL THERAPIST AND THEN COME AFTER THAT WE WERE BEGINNING TO LOOK FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF FUNDING FOR THE REASONS THAT CORA JUST MENTIONED; THE CHALLENGES THAT YOU FACE AT THE START UP COMPANY IS THAT YOU CANNOT USE THE SBIR FUNDING FOR MANY OF THE NECESSITIES TO MOVE TOWARDS COMMERCIAL COMMERCIALIZATION COULD SWING A COUPLE OF YEARS SORT OF DRIFTING ALONG AND NOT HAVING FUNDING ESSENTIALLY AT ALL. WE WERE 3 INDIVIDUALS IT WAS MYSELF; IT WAS AN ENGINEER WAS A STUDENT FROM SWEDEN WAS NOW STAYING HERE IN MINNESOTA; MARRIED A GIRL FROM MINNESOTA AND IS STILL AN ENGINEER IN THE COMPANY. WE WERE ABLE TO RECRUIT AN EXPERIENCED CEO WHO HELPED US MO VE AND RAISE FUNDING KITS WE RAISED OUR SERIES A FUNDING EARLY 2018. BUT THE GAP THAT WE HAD FROM 2016 THROUGH 18 WOULD’VE BENEFITED AND SPED UP DRAMATICALLY BY THE TYPE OF FUNDING THAT WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT TODAY THROUGH THIS BILL. IN THE MEANTIME; WE WERE HANGING OUT IN MY COFOUNDERS BACKYARD. HERE BUILD A SHED WHICH IT ACTED AS OUR OFFICE FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS WE BUILT GREAT RELATIONSHIPS IN THE REACH ECOSYSTEM OF MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOLOGY MINNESOTA WE NEEDED THE FUNDING. SO NOW WE ARE SMALL COMPANY WITH 10 EMPLOYEES AND WE PLAN TO GO TO MARKET THIS DEVICE IN MID YEAR AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BRIDGE THAT [INAUDIBLE] BUT COMMON TERM USED FOR STARTUPS MOST OF WHICH FAIL. MANY TIMES IT’S NOT BECAUSE OF THE BIG IDEA WHETHER CONCEPT OR THE TECHNOLOGY ARE BEING GOOD ENOUGH. IT SIMPLY LACK OF FUNDING AT THE RIGHT TIME. THIS TYPE OF FUNDING WE ARE TALK ABOUT TODAY WOULD BE FANTASTIC TO HELP BRIDGE THAT GAP. THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. CHAIR.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU. DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER TESTIFIER>>REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT: NO MR. CHAIR>>CHAIR MAHONEY: ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS FOR THE TESTIFIERS OR THE AUTHOR? I’VE GOT A BUNCH OF THEM.I CARRY THIS BILL OVER 15 YEARS AGO AND I CANNOT IT GOOD IT THROUGH THEM. MAYBE YOU MIGHT GET LUCKY.>>[INAUDIBLE / OFF MICROPHONE]>>CHAIR MAHONEY: I’M GOING TO ASK THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE HIGH-TECH ASSOCIATION TO COME BACK TO THE TABLE. ALTHOUGH; FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T OR HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THE VALLEY OF DEATH; SO MANY OF OUR SMALL COMPANIES FAIL IN THAT TIMEFRAME; RIGHT BETWEEN WHEN THEY HAVE RUN OUT OF FAMILY FUNDS AND GOT THE ANGEL FUNDS TO HELP THEM STAY AFLOAT AND GROW. YOU SPOKE TO THE FACT THAT THERE WERE 150 SBIR OR STT ARE AWARDS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. THAT IOWA AND WISCONSIN BOTH HAVE MATCHING FUNDS. HOW MANY AWARDS TO IOWA OR MORE LIKELY WISCONSIN; WHICH IS MUCH MORE TO NOT QUITE AT A LEVEL BUT IT’S CLOSE ENOUGH.. WE USE IT AS AN EXAMPLE. PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY>>TESTIFIER: YES. PAT DILLON AND I’M THE DIRECTOR AT NACA THAT WORKS WITH COMPANIES LIKE [INAUDIBLE] RX FUNCTION AND CHROMATIC READING MATERIALS. SO WISCONSIN AND MINNESOTA ARE VERY CLOSE AS FAR AS THE NUMBER OF AWARDS AND DOLLARS THAT ARE RECEIVED EACH YEAR HOWEVER MINNESOTA DOES DO A LITTLE BETTER JOB I USED TO WORK IN WISCONSIN PROGRAM FOR 8 YEARS AND THEY DO A GREAT JOB AND IT’S GREAT THEY HAVE A MATCHING PROGRAM AND LIKE YOU; I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A MATCHING PROGRAM FOR THESE COMPANIES>>CHAIR MAHONEY: IS DOING; IF I MIGHT ASK; WHAT IS THE AVERAGE MATCH THE WISCONSIN TO HAVE INTO THE ICU DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR MATCH OR IS IT A PERCENTAGE>>TESTIFIER: IT’S $75;000 FOR PHASE 1 AND I DON’T KNOW PHASE FUNDING [INAUDIBLE] AT THE PHASE 2 LEVEL.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: WISCONSIN DOES HAVE A TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY THE ADVICE OF THEIR LEGISLATOR. IS THAT CORRECT?>>TESTIFIER: THAT IS CORRECT>>CHAIR MAHONEY: I HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH MORE BUT I HAVE A LOAD BE OVER MY 15 MINUTE LIMIT. ANY FIREWORKS OR ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?>>REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT: MR. CHAIR THANK YOU F OR THE INVITATION IS FOR YOUR BILL FROM 15 YEARS AGO AND 12 A COMES RATING FOR MINNESOTA’S AND WITHOUT; MEMBERS I THINK OF YOUR TIME THIS MORNING>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE ALBRIGHT. WE MOVE HOUSE FILE 369 FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE OMNIBUS BILL. THE LAST BILL OF THE DAY IS 537. REPRESENTATIVE FISCHER. REPRESENTATIVE FISCHER I MOVE YOUR HOUSE FILE 537 FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN A OMNIBUS BILL. PLEASE; PROCEED. TO>>REPRESENTATIVE FISCHER: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR COMMITTEE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD THIS MINE. THIS BILL WILL REFER TO SOME OF THE THINGS IN THE BILL YOU JUST HEARD BEFORE. WHE N YOU TAKE A LOOK AT 3-D TECHNOLOGY OTHER 3 PRINTING; SENTRY COLLEGE OF IS VERY LARGE PROGRAM THAT DEALS WITH 3-D PRINTING. BECAUSE OF A VERY LARGE ORTHOPEDICS PROGRAM. THEY WANT TO DO IS MARRY THE 2 TOGETHER AND IS WHAT THIS BILL WOULD DO IS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY OF A FIRST IN THE NATION COMBINATION TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A PRODUCT THAT COMES OUT THAT HELPS THE ISSUES IN THE ORTHOPEDICS AND PROSTHETICS WORLD IT WOULD LIKE TO DO IS TURN IT OVER TO BUY TESTIFIERS STARTING WITH SCOTT — TO START L ABOUT THE PROGRAM WITH THEIR HOPING TO A COMMISSION ALSO BE SOME PROPS TO BE PASSING AROUND THE PROSECUTE>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THANK YOU REPRESENTATIVE FISCHER. PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF FOR THE RECORD AND PROCEED WITH YOUR TESTIMONY>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE MY NAME IS SCOTT SAMPSON DIRECTOR OF THE [INAUDIBLE] AT CENTURY COLLEGE AND WITH ME OR TO MY COLLEAGUES CHAD SMITH AND JOANNA AND ALL OF THEM BRIEFLY INTRODUCE THEMSELVES.>>TESTIFIER: MY NAME IS JOANNA THE AYES HAVE IT. SURVIVED LICENSE OR THE BEST AN INSTRUCTOR AT CENTURY COLLEGE MINNESOTA. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US.>>TESTIFIER: HI. MY NAME IS CHAD SMITH SURVIVED AND LICENSED WITH THE BEST INSTRUCTOR AT CENTURY COLLEGE.>>TESTIFIER: OUR VISION IS TO IMPLEMENT ADVANCED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS. MAKING ADVANCED DIGITAL FABRICATION TECHNOLOGIES DESIGNED TO PROMOTE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY COLLABORATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.>>TESTIFIER: SO WHAT EXACTLY ARE ORTHOTICS AND WHAT ARE PROSTATIC AND ORTHOTIC IS ACTUALLY A BRACE DESIGNED TO SUPPORT OR STABILIZE OR CORRECT MISALIGNED EXTREMITIES WITH THIS MINE COULD A PROSTATIC IS A DEVICE THAT IS ACTUALLY ARTIFICIAL LIMB THAT’S DESIGNED TO REPLACE MISSING LIMBS OR PARTIAL LIMBS. WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE A VERY BACKYARD HERE IN MINNESOTA CENTURY COLLEGE. THE ORTHOTIC AND PERSONAL TRAINING PROGRAM IS 1 AUGUST AND IN THE NATION STARTING IN 1974. THE ORTHOTIC AND PROSTATIC PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED IN A CAREER LADDER APPROACH WHERE STUDENTS CAN GRADUATE FROM A CERTAIN LEVEL OF TRAINING TO GAIN IMPLEMENT AS WAS TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL. SO THEY CAN START AT THE TECHNICIAN LEVEL; WHICH FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON THE FABRICATION OF THE BUILDING OF THE DEVICE; REPAIRS TO THE DEVICE; AND THEN THEY CONTINUE ON TO WORK WITH DIRECT CARE WITH PATIENTS IN PROVIDING DIRECT CARE AS AN ASSISTANT WERE NOT PRODUCT AND PROSTATIC PRACTITIONER. WE ARE ALSO LUCKY TO BE ONE OF 6 TECHNICIAN ORTHOTIC AND PROSTATIC PROGRAMS IN THE UNITED STATES. CENTURY HAS UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP WITH CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY ST. PAUL WHICH MAKES IS THE ONLY PROGRAM ALIGNED AS A CAREER PATHWAY FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AS A TECHNICIAN ALL THE WAY UP TO MASTER LEVEL NEEDED PRACTITIONERS. ADDITIONALLY; [INAUDIBLE] BECAUSE THE NOVELTY OF THIS PROGRAM ATTRACTS PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE 50 STATES AS WELL AS OVERSEE COUNTRIES.>>TESTIFIER: I’M TO SPEAK ON THE GOALS OF THE ADVANCED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER. AT THE END OF THIS I’LL PASS OUT SOME PROPS FOR YOU TO LOOK AT. SPEECH OR MONEY OR NOT YOU PASS THOSE PROPS AS YOU SPEAK.>>TESTIFIER: AS WE SPEAK TOMORROW. SOME OTHER PROPS ARE FROM THE HOW WOULD WE FABRICATE THINGS WITH THE CURRENT WAY THAT WE DO IT AND THEN THERE’S ONCE IN THERE THAT ARE 3 PRINTED ITEMS THAT WE’VE MADE COMPANIES HAVE MADE FOR US. SO THERE’S 4 GOALS AND HOW WE ENVISION THE ADVANCED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER. THEY INCLUDE PROMOTE TECHNOLOGY ELABORATION IN THE FIELD BETWEEN ADVANCED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY; AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR REGIONS WORKFORCE COULD THIS BE ACCOMPLISHED BY THE ADT C SERVING AS AN INCUBATION CENTER OUTSIDE PATRONS AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS. ALLOWING FOR COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION BETWEEN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL PROGRAMS . GOAL NUMBER 2 WOULD BE TO SERVE AS AN OPEN SOURCE CLEARINGHOUSE PROTECTING AND FOR TESTING AND VALIDATION OF DIGITAL SYSTEMS LINKED TO THE INDUSTRY WHICH HARDLY DOES NOT EXIST. WE PLAN TO MEET THIS GOAL BY CREATING AN OPEN TO WORK TO DEVELOP AND TEST IDEAS DESIGNING A CENTER TO FOSTER AND PROMOTE INNOVATION AND PROVIDING SHARED RESOURCES AND SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORK. OUR GOAL 3 IS TO SUPPORT AND TRAIN NEW AND EXISTING MEMBERS OF THE WORKFORCE AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND METHODOLOGIES. WE PLAN ON CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES GOING TO CONTINUE TO CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE’S PARTNERING WITH WENDY INDUSTRY TO PROVIDE TRAINING AND ADVANCED TREATMENT OPTIONS AND ENABLING THE CENTER TO BE A LEADER IN CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES AND HOW THOSE TECHNOLOGIES AFFECT THE FIELD. GOAL NUMBER 4 IS TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOP AND WITHIN THE REGION. THIS WOULD BE A COMPASS BY HAVING THE ADT CENTER FOSTER RELATIONSHIPS WITH ENTREPRENEURS TO WORK WITH SKILLED PROFESSIONALS TO DEVELOP BUSINESS IDEAS AND ENHANCE BUSINESS PRACTICES. ALSO SERVE AS A CATALYST TO UP SUPPORT NEW BUSINESS VENTURES AS WELL AS EXISTING BUSINESSES.>>TESTIFIER: SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGY WE PLAN TO HAVE HOUSE IN THIS NEW CENTER WILL INCLUDE TECHNOLOGIES IN THE AREAS OF 3 ADVANCED 3-D AND 4D PRINTING ROBOTIC AUTOMATION COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN ADVANCED SIMULATION UTILIZING THE FIELDS OF BIG DATA AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. FUNDING FOR THE CENTER WILL ALSO ENABLE THE COLLEGE TO INVESTIGATE AND APPLY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN THE AREA OF SCANNING; PATIEN T VIRTUALIZATION ANALYSIS WHICH IS IMPORTANT FOR THE VERIFICATION OF TECHNOLOGY-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR PATIENTS. THE CENTER WOULD ALSO ENABLE US TO HAVE A CENTRALIZED LOCATION OF MODERN TOOLS [INAUDIBLE] SCIENCE FIELD TECHNIQUES ALSO AVAILABLE TO OTHER R&D AND SERVE COMPANY SOME OF WHOM YOU FOR TESTIFY EARLIER TODAY. OTHER BUSINESSES EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND POTENTIAL STARTUPS WERE LOOKING TO GET INTO THIS NEW AND EXCITING FIELD.>>TESTIFIER: SO THE FIELD OF ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS IS NOT A MAINSTREAM CAREER JUST LIKE A NURSE OR PHYSICIAN. HOWEVER; THE MOST RECENT U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RECENTLY RANKED ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS IS NUMBER ONE AT THE TOP 100 BEST JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES AND ALSO NUMBER 5 IN THE BEST HEALTHCARE SUPPORT JOBS. GRADUATES HAVE EXPERIENCED WHENEVER SENT EMPLOYMENT UPON GRADUATION IN THE GROWTH RATE IN THIS FIELD PROJECTED A 20% INCREASE IN THE YEARS 2016 TO 2026 WHICH IS MUCH FASTER THAN THE AVERAGE GROWTH. ALSO; 75% OF THE WORKING ORTHOTIC AND PROSTATIC VESSELS WORKING IN MINNESOTA HAVE RECEIVED THEIR TRAINING AT CENTURY COLLEGE. THERE REMAIN LOCAL. AS YOU CAN SEE; THE FIELD IS COMING AND THIS IS DUE TO A LOSS OF WORKERS FROM RETIREMENT AND ALSO DUE TO THE RISE OF VASCULAR DISEASE AND CONDITION SUCH AS DIABETES IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 507 PEOPLE LOSE A LIMB EVERY DAY IN THE UNITED STATES. IT’S VERY STAGGERING HIGH NUMBER AND EXPECTED TO GROW. PATIENTS WHO DO RECEIVE HIGHER TECHNOLOGY PROSTATIC DEVICES HAVE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE THEY ARE FEWER FALLS AND FEWER EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS AND OTHER COMORBIDITIES THAN PATIENTS WITH LESS EVENTS ARTIFICIAL LIMBS. TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE WAY PROFESSIONALS ABOUT THEIR PATIENTS COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN AND COMPUTER AIDED IN A FASHION ALLOWS MODELS TO BE TRADED AND REPRODUCED BY 3-D PRINTERS. ALSO; NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND RESEAR CH IS ADVANCING AT SUCH A RAPID RATE. WE NOW HAVE RESEARCH THAT MAKES PROSTATIC LIMBS THAT CAN FEEL OR ROBOT EXTERNAL WALKING TO PARALYZE PEOPLE WALK. THE SYSTEM IS CAN IT CONTINUE TO GROW AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE IT TO OUR STATE.>>TESTIFIER: IN ADDITION THE CENTER IS DESIGNED TO FOSTER COLLABORATION BETWEEN ADVANCED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES AND [INAUDIBLE] INTERESTED IN SOME OF THE WAYS WE PLAN TO DO THIS INCLUDE BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS; CREATE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES ;; MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE NATIONAL AND GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS. CURRENTLY WE PARTNER WITH MIT UNIVERSITY MINNESOTA AS WELL AS REGIONAL COMPANIES IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY WHICH WE LEVERAGE AND EXPANDED UPON. WE PROVIDE AN INFRASTRUCTURE IN SUPPORT THE TRANSITION AND TECHNICAL WORKFORCE FROM HANDS-ON TO DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY;; ENCOURAGE EXISTING COMPANIES TO EXPLORE MODERN EQUIPMENT AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES TO BUILD AND REFINE THE FABRICATION PROCESS AND TREATMENT MODALITIES AND FOSTER NEW BUSINESS STARTUPS TO THE CREATION OF AN INCUBATION CENTER AND ADVANCED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY.>>TESTIFIER: YOU HEARD THE SIBLING FOR CENTER OF THE TYPE IN THE UNITED’S AND FIRST IN MINNESOTA. BRIDGING ANALOG PRACTICES WITH ADVANCED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS WHICH ARE RAPIDLY EMERGING IN THE FIELD. THE CENTRAL NOT ONLY HELP US EVOLVE TECHNOLOGICALLY OSCILLATING MEETING INCREASED WORKFORCE NEEDS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE CRUCIAL IN A REGION. OUR VISION IS BECOME CENTURY BECOME AN INNOVATION CENTER TO INTEGRATE RAPIDLY EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES INTO THE ORTHOT ICS AND PROSTATIC SPHERE. MINNESOTA HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN A LEADER IN HEALTHCARE FIELD IS A NATURAL EVOLUTION FOR COLLEGE IN THE STATE WHICH WE THINK WILL BETTER POSITION THE STATE TO LEAD THE NATION’S TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN INNOVATIONS AND COMPANIES COULD THINK OF YOUR TIME.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? REPRESENTATIVE DAVNIE>>REPRESENTATIVE DAVNIE: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR. CAN YOU SPEAK MORE ABOUT HOW YOU RECRUIT STUDENTS?>>TESTIFIER: SURE. WE ACTUALLY SPENT STUDENTS REALLY COME TO US. WE’VE A LOT OF STUDENTS BECAUSE WE HAVE A VERY WELL WITH OUR 6 SCHOOLS IN YOUR STATES WHO TEACH FABRICATION; AND THEN THERE ARE 13 SCHOOLS WESLEY TEACH THE MASTERS LEVEL EDUCATION. SO THERE’S VERY LIMITED SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES WHO TEACH THIS.. WE ARE TRYING TO DEVELOP MORE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN OUR CURRICULUM AND GIVING THEM THESE OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS THIS TO ENRICH THEIR EDUCATION AND TO BE OF VALUE TO ORTHOTIC AND PROSTATIC PROVIDERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.>>TESTIFIER: IT HAD ACTIVE AT CAMPAIGNS WITH MARKETING ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO BILLBOARDS COMMERCIALS AND SOME THINGS. WE A LARGE GRANT FLICKING ACROSS ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO THAT HELPS US WITH THAT. WITH A PROCESSOR LINK THIS TO THE OTHER COLLEGES AND UNITES STATES TO MAKE THE ARTS IT’S MORE AWARE OF THE PROFESSION AND MANY OF OUR STUDENTS ACTUALLY ARE ISSUED UNTIL BECAUSE THEY KNOW SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY WITH A THEMSELVES HAVE NEED OF A DEVICE AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER. WHAT KIND OF WORK IN THE PAST CONSIDER THE HIDDEN PROFESSION. NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT US UNTIL YOU HAVE A NEED OF US.>>TESTIFIER: RUSSELL BUILDING A LOT OF PATHWAYS WITH HIGH SCHOOLS. WE [INAUDIBLE] PROGRAM A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND THAT’S GOING QUITE WELL. RECRUITMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT CONCERN FOR COLLEGES ALL ACROSS THE REGION THAT THE SUBFIELDS WERE LIKE PEOPLE DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW . I MUST HAVE SOME NEW HELPS GUIDE THEM OR MENTOR THEM AND GIVE THEM SOME INSIGHT BUSTLING HAVING A CENTER LIKE THIS ALSO MAKE IS A LOT MORE VISIBLE WITH A LOT STRONGER IS THIS INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS AS BUSINESS INDUSTRY PARTNERS IN THE REGION TO ICICLES REACH INTO OTHER POPULATIONS TO RECRUIT STUDENTS. SO WITH THE RISING AGE OF THE POPULATION; WITH MORE AND MORE NEED OUT THERE WE ARE GOING TO NEED TO RECRUIT PEOPLE. SO THIS ABOUT THE REACTIVE PART OF WHAT THE CENTRAL BE INVOLVED IN>>TESTIFIER: ALSO WITH THE PROGRAM BEING 45 YEARS OLD; WE DO HAVE A PRECEDENT COULD WE NOT HAD TO CANCEL ANY COURSES DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT UNLIKE WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED AT ANOTHER TALK.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: REPRESENTATIVE –>>REPRESENTATIVE: THANK YOU; MR. CHAIR I THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR THIS SUMMER AND [INAUDIBLE] ALREADY ESTABLISHED THEIR SO IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO DO THAT. I’M A PROPONENT OF THIS BILL. I THINK WE NEED TO DO MORE OF THIS AT THE STATE LEVEL. WE NEED TO BE STRATEGIC AND INNOVATIVE AND FUN THESE PROGRAMS THAT NOT ONLY WILL HELP THIS PARTICULAR INDUSTRY BUT ADD AS THE TESTIFIERS SAID; ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IS THE NEXT WAVE. LAST BIENNIUM WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO FUND SUBSEQUENT PROGRAMS.. THAT DID NOT PASS BUT I THINK THIS IS AN EXAMPLE AGAIN OF WE NEED TO THINK BIG BUT WE NEED TO TAKE SOME THESE BOLD MOVES AND I SEE THE BENEFIT FOR THE ENTIRE STATE. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING IT FORWARD AGAIN IT’S MORE OF A COMMENT THAT QUESTION BUT THE QUESTION HERE HOW DOES THIS FIT INTO MINNESOTA STATES OVERALL REQUEST FOR FUNDING FOR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA AND MAYBE YOU CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT?>>TESTIFIER: YES.>>TESTIFIER: MR. CHAIR; REPRESENTATIVE HALEY THIS WAS OUTSIDE THE MINNESOTA STATE BY A REQUEST. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT DIFFERENTIATE THIS REALLY FOCUSED ON WORKFORCE. SO EVEN THOUGH IT’S A COLLEGE OUR APPROACH IS TO CREATE TAKE THESE PARTNERSHIPS WE’VE ESTABLISHED WITH MIT UNIVERSITY MINNESOTA THE MET DEVICE MANUFACTURERS AND REALLY FOCUS ON WORKFORCE NEEDS WITHIN THE REGION. SO THAT’S [INAUDIBLE] IN A BIT OF A DIFFERENTIATE.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS BUT ONLY SINCE PER YEAR TO BRING TO THE PROGRAM OR THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE PROGRAM WHETHER IT’S ONE YEAR OR 4 YEARS?>>TESTIFIER: IN ANY TIME IN THE PROGRAM WE HAVE OF UPWARDS OF 100 STUDENTS THAT’S ALL ACROSS ALL DIFFERENT LEVELS . THAT’S A TECHNICAL LEVEL; THE ASSISTANT LEVEL; AND IN THE PROTECTION ADDITION OR LEVEL WHICH PARTNERSHIP WITH CONCORDIA. SO WE OPERATE 2 SHIFTS OF TECHNICIANS AND ASSISTANT LEVEL WHICH CAN GIVE US AROUND 60 STUDENTS IN THE UPPER LEVEL OPC IT’S A CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF ALL GIVE US AN ADDITIONAL 24 EVERY STUDENTS OUT THERE AT THE MASTERS LEVEL.>>CHAIR MAHONEY: THEN; HELP MANY COMPANIES IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO THIS BUT IT WILL TYPE OF WORK?>>TESTIFIER: YOU KNOW I WAS AT LEAST 20 COMPANIES IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA FROM A LARGE HOSPITAL INSTITUTIONS BUT WITH THE VA RIGHT HERE IN MINNEAPOLIS WITH A SMALLFAMILY ORTHOTIC AND LYONS SHOPS. OPERATING FOR OVER 100 YEARS. MINNESOTA’S CERTAINLY WELL-ESTABLISHED IN THIS FIELD.>>TESTIFIER: ONE OTHER THING TO CONSIDER. PERHAPS THERE’S SOMETHING 9 AND 20 MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS IN MINNESOTA I THINK THERE’S SOME CROSSOVER TECHNOLOGY WOULD BE IN LAMENTING IN THE CENTER WHICH WOULD HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR A LOT OF THESE SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZE MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURER THE ARTICLE WE HAD TO CREATE THE CENTER IS TO HAVE ONE LOCATION OF SHARED RESOURCES RELATIVELY EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT THAT WE COULD UTILIZE ACROSS MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS. THE MED DEVICE MANUFACTURING CENTER IS AN AREA WERE VERY INTERESTED BECAUSE COMPUTING STARTED IN MINNESOTA BUT IT MOVED TO THE COAST AND ONE OF THE RECENT MOVE TO THE COAST WAS THEY COULD NOT DO WITH A WORKFORCE NEED. SO I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA TO REALIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN FRONT OF SOME OF THESE THINGS AND PERHAPS A VISION IS LITTLE BIT BOLD AS REPRESENTATIVE MAHONEY INDICATED THAT WE FEEL VERY STRONGLY AND ESTABLISH STRATEGIC FRAMEWORKS TO ADVANCE OUR PROGRAMS TO MEET REGIONAL AND NATIONAL NEED . SO WE HOPE TO A CONFERENCE THAT THIS>>CHAIR MAHONEY: I THINK WAS REPRESENTATIVE HALEY THAT HAVE A GOAL IN VISION THERE WHICH IS NICE TO SEE. ONE FINAL COMMENT AND THEN I’M GOING TO MOVE YOUR BILL OVER. WHEN I FIRST STARTED AS A PIPEFITTER WAS A MEMBER OF OUR LOCAL WHO HAD ONE OF THOSE BOOKS WITHOUT THE RUBBER . THE BEST FIT OR BUT HE COULD NEVER BURN HIS HAND. HE COULD GRAB ANYTHING WITHOUT HOPE. AND HE DID. SEEING NO OTHER QUESTIONS; NO OTHER COMMENTS; I MOVED TO LAY HOUSE FILE 537 OVER FOR POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN THE OMNIBUS BILL. I HAVE ONE OTHER ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TESTIMONY; BY THE WAY. I HAVE ONE OTHER ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY. REPRESENTATIVE STEPHENSON’S LOAN BILL IS COMING BACK BUT WE NEED TO HAVE A FISCAL NOTE. SO WE WILL ADD IT TO-ONCE WE HAVE THE FISCAL NOTE WE WILL BRING IT BACK AND ADDED TO THE END OF THE DAY AND TRY TO KEEP EVERYBODY MOVING HERE. SO; ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR ANNOUNCEMENTS? SEEING NONE; WE ARE ADJOURNED.>>[GAVEL]>>[ADJOURNMENT]>>

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