Your Future is Our Business.

Our Promise

From the Executive Director

I am pleased to provide you with Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program’s (RMCEP) Strategic Intent, which provides our promise to you and a clear focus to the agency in our efforts over the next three years. I believe the intentions outlined in this document provide the right framework to guide growth and innovation as we serve our stakeholders through our workforce development efforts. We recognize our stakeholders as our customers, partners, funders, employees, employers and the communities within our service region.

We at RMCEP are committed to helping area individuals and businesses achieve economic success through the provision of effective workforce development services.  As a result, we will enhance the economic vitality of the region where we work and live. As we continue to implement strategies that have proven effective, we will also incorporate these intentions in our work to develop new initiatives to improve our services.

With this Strategic Intention, we will strengthen our core abilities, improve our communications, become a sought-after partner and enhance our services to customers.

This Strategic Intent will provide the direction to RMCEP staff to build an organization known throughout our service region for its exemplary workforce development services.

Most Sincerely,


RMCEP Executive Director

Strategic Intent Summary

We promise to offer exemplary workforce development services in our service region.

Strategy chartWe will accomplish this through

  • Communicating, engaging and educating our community and stakeholders
  • Strengthening and diversifying our financial base and capacity
  • Strengthening and broadening our partnerships and relationships to improve opportunities to all stakeholders
  • Using innovative approaches in tailoring services to meet the needs of our customers

Intention 1: We will communicate, engage and educate our community and stakeholders

We will communicate our exemplary services to our constituencies to be recognized as the employment and training provider of choice.

We will do this by:

  • Developing a multi-faceted, yet tailored message for diverse audiences who may have an interest in our mission that can be used by staff during their outreach.
  • Developing and implementing a relationship strengthening plan by utilizing internal talents and leveraging key connections.
  • Developing and implementing a broad-based marketing plan.


Intention 2: We will strengthen and diversify our financial base and capacity

We will do this by:

  • Researching and developing innovative services that can be marketed to targeted customers.
  • Developing and implementing a plan to increase awareness of and donations to the Workforce Advancement Fund.
  • Researching public and private sources of alternate funding.



Intention 3: We will strengthen and broaden our partnerships and relationships to improve opportunities to all stakeholders

We will do this by:

  • Connecting with community entities to communicate and foster strategies to promote and/or develop common or selected endeavors.
  • Utilizing staff talent and leveraging the influence of the members of our governing boards to strengthen relationships at the local, state and national levels.
  • Accepting assignments or elections to key positions in local or state groups to leverage more influence on decisions affecting our common missions.


Intention 4: We will be innovative in tailoring services to meet the needs of our customers

We will do this by:

  • Developing a plan to improve traditional services and identify new services and strategies for service implementation.
  • Including the input of our stakeholders-customers, businesses and funders- in service plan improvement and design.
  • Meeting the service expectations and needs of our customers.


Our Profile

Rural Minnesota CEP (RMCEP) is one of the largest non-profit agencies in the State of Minnesota that provides workforce development services, administering programs and funding through the  Workforce Investment Act, State and Federal Dislocated Worker Programming, Adult, Youth, MFIP and special grant programs. Established in 1968, RMCEP has grown to be recognized as a leader in the workforce development industry serving Minnesota Workforce Service Area 2, providing services to over 8,000 people per year with a budget of over $13 million. We are also a major employer of operational, financial, planning, clerical and other professional staff in rural Minnesota.

Our Region

Region mapOperating under the leadership of a broadly representative Board of Directors, the agency provides workforce development services in 19 counties in northwestern Minnesota, covering a broad area of over 20,000 square miles.

RMCEP’s region of responsibility extends from the North Dakota and South Dakota borders to south of Morris, Minnesota, to east of the Brainerd Lakes Area and north to the Canadian border. The cities of Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Little Falls, Moorhead, and Wadena
lie within our region.

I work full time now, feel great about myself and setting a good example for my kids.  Staff helped me make a plan for my son who is disabled.  They made me feel like they really cared about what they were doing. ~ AN

Re-Employment presented many unforeseen challenges for me.  Rural Minnesota CEP provided much needed, and greatly appreciated support.  Thank You. ~ MM

I love my RN job & couldn't have gotten here without the help of CEP!  Thank You! ~ CR

Thank you!  Without the help from CEP I would not be financially independent ~ RK

This program was awesome and helped me get started in my nursing career, when I was unable to afford it.  Thank you so much! ~ SH

I know if it wasn't for Rural Mn CEP I would not be in the positive situation that they helped me get to in my life.  I  am so grateful!  Thank you Rural Mn CEP! ~ TC