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Dayton names Shawntera Hardy as new DEED commissioner

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Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Shawntera Hardy to be the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

This comes after current Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben announced that she will be stepping down from her position as of April 22.

According to a news release from Dayton, Sieben is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Further details have not been released.

Sieben has been in her position since 2012.

Over the years, she helped secure $30 million for the Minnesota Investment Fund and $25 million for the Minnesota Job Creation Fund.

The governor's office says those initiatives helped 143 businesses expand or locate in Minnesota. That created more than 11,000 new jobs and leveraged about $1.8 billion in private investment.

Hardy – who will be taking Sieben's place – has been serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the governor's office. She was appointed to that position last year.

Since then, she's handled various state problems like floods, fires and health emergencies. According to the news release, she's helped manage state agencies and expand community outreach efforts.

Hardy is also involved in several community organizations. She's the board president of the YWCA of St. Paul and a board member of the Wilder Foundation.

This year, Hardy was selected as a Minnesota Business Magazine (Real) Power 50 finalist. The magazine describes the people they choose for the list as the "linchpins of their company" and "connectors for their industry."

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