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DEED hires business development director from North Carolina

Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Tuesday that John Shoffner will be the state agency’s new director of business development.

Shoffner comes to the state from the city of Greensboro, N.C., where he was manager of economic development.

Minnesota official said Shoffner’s new job here will be to lead “a team of regional and industry managers focused on retaining and expanding existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the state.”

Said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben:

“John has an outstanding track record of building relationships and attracting jobs and economic development. We are thrilled to have someone of his caliber and professional background joining our agency.”

Greensboro announced last month that Shoffner was leaving to take the Minnesota job. At the time, the Greensboro city manager Denise Turner-Roth said she would “take 90 days to review the position and evaluate the city’s economic development needs,” reported The Business Journal of the Triad area:

“Given the current economic development environment in North Carolina and our changing needs in Greensboro, I am delaying moving forward on filling John’s position for 90 days,” Turner-Roth wrote in a letter to the Greensboro City Council.

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