Thank you to Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges; Cecile Bedor from the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership; Kevin McKinnon, from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; and Elyse Ruiz, representing U. S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. We had a great event celebrating our partnership with Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota to support our growth and leadership in healthcare. The ceremony “cut the ribbon” on our new 8,500 sq. ft. expansion in our Minneapolis office. All our special guests assisted with the $500K job incentive package that is helping fuel the growth of ABILITY as we create over 170 jobs over the next 2-3 years.
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