ST. PAUL — John Shoffner has been named director of business development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
Shoffner, who has been the economic development program manager in Greensboro, N.C., since 2004, will head DEED’s Office of Business Development, which is a team of regional and industry managers focused on retaining and expanding existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the state. The office is the first point of contact for businesses seeking state assistance.
“John has an outstanding track record of building relationships and attracting jobs and economic development,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “We are thrilled to have someone of his caliber and professional background joining our agency.”
Shoffner, who has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and an MBA in finance and strategic management from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, has a diverse background that includes experience with government, banking and corporate entities.
He worked on project teams that attracted $905 million in investments and created or helped retain 6,400 jobs in Greensboro, a city of 277,000 people in north-central North Carolina. He developed new economic development tools, programs and initiatives that stimulated job creation and economic development in the city.
Prior to working in Greensboro, Shoffner was an assistant vice president at M&T Bank Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y., and an accountant at Georgia-Pacific Corp. in Atlanta.
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