Pawlenty's administration pushed the JOBZ program, and the Legislature approved it in 2003.
In the most recent session, lawmakers approved changes to JOBZ. Communities now have to fill out a JOBZ "deal evaluator" to score potential projects before signing a subsidy agreement. Retail businesses and utilities are no longer eligible to receive JOBZ benefits, and job-creation requirements were tightened a bit.
For Arctic Cat, the St. Cloud plant will help it step up manufacturing of its new 650 H1 engine, the first ATV engine that the company both designed and built. Currently, Arctic Cat gets most of its engines from Suzuki Motor Corp.