Developing our region by developing talent.

Business growth and talent attraction are dependant upon each other. Both play a critical role in continuing to grow our region's economy and shaping the perception of the greater St. Cloud community. By growing and attracting businesses with preferred jobs, our community will be able to attract and retain talented individuals. Conversely, by developing, retaining and attracting talented individuals, the greater St. Cloud region will grow and attract business.

Our community is rich in talent. Greater St. Cloud is a magnet for teaching, learning, and the development of our individual and collective talents. Over 35,000 students are collectively enrolled at seven colleges and universities in the region. Greater St. Cloud is at the center of their combined global network of more than 150,000 alumni.

The challenge before us is to retain the area talent base while continuing to attract new talent into the region. The best way to do this is to provide talent with opportunities. Opportunities to work. Opportunities to live. Opportunities to become a bigger part of our community.

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is taking a leadership position in working the local universities, colleges and the business community to develop, retain and attract talented people to the area. Benefits that our region will realize through the GSDC efforts include:

  • Stronger Economic Base - Organizations need the right people to help grow their businesses. And, with growth comes additional jobs and additional net income for companies.
  • Provide a Competitive Advantage - Organizations and communities that are able to successfully develop, retain, and attract talented people will experience competitive advantages.
  • Create a Vibrant Community - Our ability to retain graduates in the area will directly correlate to a more lively and vibrant community.
  • Create Momentum - Success Breeds Success. The more successful we are at attracting young talent, the easier it will become. People tend to want to be near people that have similar interests, goals, and outlets.

To expand the talent base of the greater St. Cloud community, the GSDC will initiate specific programs targeting five segments of the labor force:

  1. High School Educated (Both graduates and partial secondary education)
    The focus of this program will be to understand the demand for entry-level employees from our current base of employers and, additionally, to showcase the endless opportunities in our region for hands on, creative individuals.

  2. College Graduates
    The focus of this program will be to better connect the local colleges and universities with the business community. The target will be to increase the base of mid to high-potential professionals and technical-track professionals that stay in the area for a career by highlighting our growing employers with opportunities here.
  3. Mid-Level Management
    The focus of this program will be to attract workers with six to thirteen years of professional experience back to the greater St. Cloud area for mid-level management opportunities.
  4. Trailing Spouses
    The focus of this program will be to proactively match spouses of new employees in the community with existing opportunities of area businesses.
  5. New Talent
    The focus of this program will be to create a labor pool based on clusters or industries that we would like to attract to the community.