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Mark Phillips, former DEED commissioner, returns to his private-sector job

After nearly two years as commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, Phillips gets back his old job with Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.

Mark Phillips, who resigned earlier this month as the state’s commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, has returned to his job with Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.

He’s back as director of business development, the job he held from 2007 through 2010; he was selected by Gov. Mark Dayton as DEED commissioner when Dayton took office in January 2011.

Gov. Mark Dayton has replaced Phillips at DEED with Katie Clark, who’d been the director of the Minnesota Trade Office and finance director of Dayton’s campaign.

Previously, Phillips has served as director of community and economic development at the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) under Governor Rudy Perpich; director of corporate relations for Minnesota Power; and vice president for Northeast Ventures/Iron Range Ventures.

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Kraus-Anderson is headquartered in Minneapolis and has regional offices in Phoenix, Ariz., Madison, Wis., Minot, N.D., and Bemidji, Duluth and Rochester.