A private effort for the public good.

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is a private collaboration of approximately 250 regional business and community leaders within Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties in central Minnesota. The GSDC is leading a passionate, community-wide commitment to harness the vast resources of our region, facilitating collaboration among and between them and making the greater St. Cloud area one of the best places to live and work in America. Our efforts to improve the business climate and economic base of the region are 100 percent self-funded through investor fees and all actions are self-governed by our investors, boards and various committees.

The charge of the GSDC is to spearhead the economic development efforts of the greater St. Cloud region by identifying and unifying opportunities to engage community leaders, foster business growth, expand and nurture the area's talent base and support the communities that make up the greater St. Cloud region.

Our Governance

2016 Board of Directors

Michael Hemesath, SJU– At-Large

Mary Hinton, CSB – At-Large

Kenneth Holmen, CentraCare – At Large

Paul Pfeiffer, ATS – At Large

Heather Pieper-Olson, CSB – Marketing Committee Chair

Tom Rickers, Bremer Bank – Finance Chair

Tom Schlough, Park Industries – At Large

John Torgerson, Bernick’s – At Large

Ashish Vaidya, SCSU – At Large

Patti Gartland, GSDC – Ex Officio

*Denotes Governance Committee

*Bob White, Microbiologics – Chair

* Brian Myres, Myres Consulting & DAYTA Mktg – Vice Chair & Transportation Chair

*Rick Bauerly, Granite Equity Partners – Corporate Secretary & Well-Being Chair

*Greg Klugherz, CentraCare Health – Treasurer

*Kathy Gaalswyk, Initiative Foundation – At-Large

*Dave Gruenes, Stearns Electric – Business Chair

*Marty Moran, Clear Path – Talent Chair

Craig Broman, St. Cloud Hospital – Downtown Chair

Brad Goskowicz, Microbiologics – Innovation Chair

Joyce Helens, SCTCC– At-Large


Meet Our Staff


Patti Gartland
320-252-5228 direct  

Leslie Dingmann
Business Development Associate
320-252-5247 direct  

Larry Hosch
Business Development Director
320-252-5185 direct  

Sonja Gidlow
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication
320-252-5203 direct 

Gail Cruikshank
Talent Director
320-257-4753 direct

Learn more about our near and long-term initiatives: