ABOUT US

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.


MISSION

We lead economic development for the benefit of the Greater St. Cloud Community.

VISION

Greater St. Cloud is a growing and vibrant community where talented people choose to live, work, and engage.

By growing we mean our businesses will have expanded, adding high-quality, high-wage jobs in strategic industries and occupations at a pace that is faster than our historical levels of growth and faster than relevant benchmarks.

By vibrant, we mean an energized and engaged and healthy and happy community where people are utilizing their gifts and talents at a high level and to a large degree.

VALUES

We will demonstrate these values as we make decisions and take action on behalf of the corporation and community:

Leadership. We inspire trust.

Diversity. We benefit from differences.

Collaboration. We engage partners.

Integrity. We do what we say.

Accountability. We create results.

 

Our Governance

2016 Board of Directors

 

Mike Markman, US Bank - Business Co-Chair

Paul Pfeiffer, ATS – At Large

Heather Pieper-Olson, CSB – Marketing Committee Chair

Tom Rickers, Bremer Bank – Finance Chair

Joan Schatz, Park Industries - At-Large

John Torgerson, Bernick’s – At Large

Ashish Vaidya, SCSU – At Large

Matt Varilek, Initiative Foundation - 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

*Marty Moran, Clear Path – Talent Chair

Craig Broman, St. Cloud Hospital – Downtown Chair

Brad Goskowicz, Microbiologics – Innovation Chair

Joyce Helens, SCTCC– At-Large

Michael Hemesath, SJU– At-Large

Mary Hinton, CSB – At-Large

Kenneth Holmen, CentraCare – At Large

 


Meet Our Staff

GSDC Team

Patti Gartland
President
pgartland@greaterstcloud.com
320-252-5228 direct  

Leslie Dingmann
Business Development Associate
ldingmann@greaterstcloud.com
320-252-5247 direct  

Larry Hosch
Business Development Director
lhosch@greaterstcloud.com
320-252-5185 direct  

Sonja Gidlow
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication
sgidlow@greaterstcloud.com
320-252-5203 direct 

Gail Cruikshank
Talent Director
gcruikshank@greaterstcloud.com
320-257-4753 direct

Learn more about our near and long-term initiatives: