GSDC Talent Director Gail Cruikshank and GSDC corporate investor Hudda Ibrahim were featured on a June 20 radio show, Marketplace. The topic was the integration of our immigrant residents into our regional workforce. Listen here: Marketplace: Somali Refugees See Integration in Rural Minnesota
June 30, 2017
Dear GSDC Investors,
With summer in full swing, I hope you are enjoying our beautiful Minnesota landscape. I recently spent a week off the grid in the Boundary Waters with my 15 year old son and we really recharged our batteries. If you haven’t been off the grid in a while, I highly recommend it! Nothing like Minnesota nature to cure what ails you!
As your new Board Chair, I want to let you know a little bit about me and let you know how honored I am to lead the GSDC board of directors. I am a graduate of St Cloud State University and was a banker for 36 years before retiring from Capital One in 2014 to start Myres Consulting. LLC. I was a founder of the GSDC and the Greater St Cloud Public Safety Foundation, and have served on the boards of the Central MN Community Foundation, Boy Scouts, St Cloud Opportunities, JA Wedum Foundation and numerous other organizations. My wife, Karla, and I live in Clear Lake MN with our three sons and believe deeply in the potential of our greater St. Cloud region.
Six years ago when we founded the GSDC, we wanted to create an organization that would lead the advancement of the economic vitality of our region. We knew we needed to work hard to “sell” the region to retain existing companies and to interest prospective companies in locating here. As we developed our business plan, it became increasingly obvious that in order to really make a difference, we needed to do more than pursue economic development in the traditional sense.
This meant digging deep into understanding how to support area businesses and the employees that make them successful. Hence, six strategic initiatives were identified and working groups of executive volunteers were established: Talent Corps, Wellbeing Corps, Innovation Corps, Transportation Corps, Downtown Corps and Business Development Corps. The purpose of each of these strategic initiatives is to support employers and their development and workforce needs. We have accomplished much in GSDC’s first six years. Details of these accomplishments can be found in our 2016 Annual Report, which is downloadable from GreaterStCloud.com.
In 2017 we are taking time to reflect on the work of GSDC thus far and be deliberate in identifying what we will do going forward to not only continue to promote our region, but also to help build a better community to support our economic development efforts.
Our recent endeavors to grow and expand our economy have revealed that the traditional model of economic development, which uses tax and cash incentives to get businesses to expand or locate here, is no longer enough. We also need to promote the many advantages of operating a business in our region. These advantages include the work ethic of our people, our central location in the United States and the education level of our residents. When we combine these attributes with great infrastructure, a great quality of life and innovation, we have a competitive advantage for growing local companies and attracting others.
In upcoming months GSDC investors will be invited to provide input into our new strategic plan as we map out the next 6 years of our GSDC work. As your chair, I look forward to hearing from you and working together with all our partners to create robust economic growth in our region. Should you care to give input on how we are doing or share an idea, please call me at 320-260-6681.
Brian Myres, Chair
Dear GSDC Investors:
If you were at our annual meeting in May, you saw us unveil an exciting new phase in our external marketing efforts: the design for a lively, new website covering everything an individual or business would want to know about Greater St. Cloud before relocating here.
We are now beginning to build this comprehensive portal, and we’re seeking your help to ensure it’s as enticing as possible. If your business has high-resolution photos or videos depicting business or pleasure in our region, we’d love to consider them for inclusion in this new website – as well as in other GSDC marketing materials as the need arises.
Perhaps these are images you already use in company brochures, on your website or elsewhere. You undoubtedly selected the very best ones for your marketing materials, so we’d like to borrow them to further present Greater St. Cloud in the most compelling way.
Please forward this request to the individual in your organization who can best respond with photo and videos.
This project is being managed for us by Steve Greenfield of the Greenfield Communications marketing firm. If you have photos or videos you’d like to share, please contact Steve at either 320-260-5744 or at email@example.com by July 1.
Thank you for your assistance.
GSDC and our Greater St. Cloud Region were recently featured in two publications: Business in Focus magazine and Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, Initiative Foundation and St. Cloud Technical & Community College Co-Host Hudda Ibrahim Book-Signing Event
St. Cloud, MN, June 20, 2017– The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, Initiative Foundation and St. Cloud Technical & Community College are co-hosting a book-signing event for local author, Hudda Ibrahim. In her recently published book, From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis, Ibrahim shares the immigration narrative of Somali Americans and explains why nearly 20 percent of recent immigrants to the United States have chosen to settle in Minnesota.
From Somalia to Snow gives readers an invaluable insider’s look into the lives and culture of our Somali neighbors and the important challenges they face. Designed with a diverse audience in mind, this book is a must-read for students, healthcare professionals, business owners, social service agencies and anyone who wants to better understand the Somali people in Minnesota.
Purchase the book in advance at huddaibrahim.com or for $22 at the July 12 book-signing event. The 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. event will be held in the library at the St. Cloud Technical & Community College. It is open to the public and free of charge, but registration is requested using this link: Hudda Ibrahim Book-Signing. A short program will be held at 4:00 p.m.
Hudda Ibrahim is a corporate investor of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, a faculty member at St. Cloud Technical & Community College and president of Filsan Consulting, LLC, a company founded on the principles of cultural integration. She is a member of the inaugural Initiators Fellowship with the Initiative Foundation—a two-year program that provides social entrepreneurs with mentorship, guidance and financial support to launch their business idea. She also has been recognized with the following awards: St. Cloud Times’s 2016 5 under 40 and2016 Difference Maker awards; 2016 Partners in Education District 742 Award for the Take Ten project and the Women’s Group project. The Somali American National Institute has offered her an appreciation award for her work in the community. Visit huddaibrahim.com to learn more.
About the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation
The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) is a non-profit (501c3) collaboration of more than 250 regional public and private organizations in Central Minnesota. Its mission is to lead economic development for the benefit of the Greater St. Cloud region. Strategic initiatives include business retention, expansion and attraction, transportation, talent, innovation, workplace wellbeing, and Downtown St. Cloud. The GSDC is funded through investor contributions from private businesses, higher education, public entities, personal contributions, and grants. All actions are self-governed by the organization’s investors, boards and various committees. Learn more at GreaterStCloud.com.
About the Initiative Foundation
The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) is a non-profit (501c3) collaboration of more than 250 regional public and private organizations in Central Minnesota. Its mission is to lead economic development for the benefit of the Greater St. Cloud region. Strategic initiatives include business retention, expansion and attraction, transportation, talent, innovation, workplace wellbeing, and Downtown St. Cloud. The GSDC is funded through investor contributions from private businesses, higher education, public entities, personal contributions, and grants. All actions are self-governed by the organization’s investors, boards and various committees. Learn more at IFound.com.
About the St. Cloud Technical & Community College
St. Cloud Technical & Community College was founded as the second technical college in the state in 1948. SCTCC is committed to meeting the needs of our community through its 90 program options that closely match the types of jobs available in the area. St. Cloud Technical & Community College is one of 37 members of the Minnesota State system and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The St. Cloud Technical & Community College Foundation enhances quality educational opportunities for a broad and diverse population by cultivating and securing financial and community resources. Learn more at sctcc.edu/foundation.
St. Cloud, MN, June 20, 2017 – The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) is accepting nominations and applications for the 2017 Innovation Awards (I-Awards) for non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.
A strategic focus of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) is to foster and promote innovative thinking among area businesses and organizations. The GSDC I-Award recognizes St. Cloud area for-profit and non-profit organizations employing innovation to solve problems and create opportunities.
Four GSDC I-Awards of $1,000 each will be presented at a meeting of all GSDC investors on November 30. One award will go to an emerging for-profit company, one award to an established for-profit company, and one award to each of two non-profit organizations. Capital One, a past sponsor of the I-Awards, is this year’s sponsor, once again.
Information about nominating a candidate and applying for the awards can be found at www.GreaterStCloud.com. Links to nomination and application forms are found on the home page. Nominations will be accepted through July 15.
Past GSDC I-Award recipients include Rollga, GNP, Operation Baby New Year, St. Cloud Youth Leadership Academy, Park Industries, Rejuv Medical, Catholic Charities, Anna Marie’s Alliance, Coldspring, Global Edge, Microbiologics, Orange Oak Advertising, Cloud Co-Working and Geo-Comm.
About the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation
The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is a non-profit (501c3) collaboration of more than 250 regional public and private organizations in Central Minnesota. The GSDC is leading a community-wide commitment to harness the vast resources of the region, facilitate community, education, and business collaboration, expand the talent base, spearhead economic development efforts, and make the greater St. Cloud area one of the best places to live, work and engage. The GSDC is funded through business investor contributions, personal contributions and grants, and all actions are self-governed by the organization’s investors, boards and various committees. Learn more at www.greaterstcloud.com.