GSDC 2017 Innovation Award Recipients Named

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News Release

 St. Cloud, Minn., October 2, 2017 – The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) announces the 2017 recipients of their Innovation Awards.  A strategic focus of the GSDC is to foster and promote innovative thinking among area businesses and organizations. The GSDC Innovation Award recognizes St. Cloud area for-profit and non-profit organizations employing innovation to solve problems and create opportunities.

Two for-profit awards will go to Mighty Axe Hops and Cybermation.  The recipients of the two non-profit awards are Talahi Community School and Jugaad.  Each awardee will receive $1,000. The organizations will be recognized at the upcoming meeting of all GSDC investors on November 30. 

Mighty Axe Hops has been selected for the for-profit emerging company award.  The award recognizes the company’s state of the art hops harvest facility and leadership in the developing hops industry in Minnesota.  The company is located in Foley, Minn.  More information can be found at www.mightyaxehops.com.

Cybermation will receive the for-profit established company award for creating custom technology systems that enable people with disabilities to communicate and control their environment.   The company is located in Waite Park, Minn.  See website at www.cybermationinc.com .

 Talahi Community School has been selected for one of two awards for non-profit organizations for the construction of an adaptive playground.   As the first of its kind in Minnesota the playground allows children who are adaptive to play on playground equipment.  Talahi School is in the St. Cloud Independent School District 742.  More information can be found at https://www.isd742.org/Domain/9 .

Jugaad will receive the award for a non-profit organization for its Jugaad Leadership Program.  The program prepares minority students and professionals for community engagement and leadership.  Learn more at http://www.jugaadlp.org/ .  Jugaad is located in St. Cloud, Minn.

The GSDC Innovation Awards are led by the GSDC Innovation Corps, the focus of which is to support new technologies, products, markets and companies in the greater St. Cloud, Minn.  region.

 About the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is a non-profit (501c3) collaboration of more than 260 regional public and private organizations in Central Minnesota.  Its mission is to lead economic development for the benefit of the greater St. Cloud region.  The GSDC is funded through business investor contributions, personal contributions, and grants.  All actions are self-governed by the organization’s investors, boards and various committees.  Learn more at www.greaterstcloud.com.

 

 

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

GSDC Hosts Private Job Fair for IT Careers

GSDC Investor companies were invited to participate in a private job fair featuring a select group of IT professionals who had been displaced as a result of restructuring at Capital One.

The October 10 event, which was held in our GSDC conference room, featured 10 GSDC investors who met with 12 people seeking local positions in information technology.  Prospective employers were provided resumes of the job seekers in advance of the meeting.  The setting provided an open, casual space in which to meet the candidates and explore opportunities.

Participating companies included:  ATS, Geo-Comm, Park Industries, PCI, DCI, Marco, Coborn’s, DeZurik, St. Cloud Technical and Community College and CentraCare Health.

For more information about this and other GSDC talent initiatives contact Gail Cruikshank, GSDC Talent Director at GCruikshank@greaterstcloud.com or 320-257-4753.

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

GSDC Governance Committee Message re: Tobacco 21 Initiative

Dear GSDC Investors,
We know through the Gallup-Heathways Well-Being 5 Assessment completed in 2015 that our region's overall well-being score was statistically much higher than in MN and compared to the nation. As such, our region enjoys an economic advantage as a result of workplace health and well-being, and it will be an even greater advantage as we continue to focus on it together across the next decade and beyond.

The purpose of this communication is to bring to your attention an important public policy initiative that seeks to further improve the health and well-being within our community. Area cities are being asked to increase the minimum age for purchase of tobacco products to 21. We urge you to get informed on this important issue and to engage in the public decision making processes being undertaken by the area city councils. Below you will find a link to  an informational publication offered by Feeling Good MN, an initiative of CentraCare Health, a GSDC founding investor and partner in the GSDC's Workplace Well-Being initiative.

Best Regards,  GSDC Governance Committee

Feeling Good Minnesota: Tobacco 21 Initiative

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

From Brian Myres, GSDC Board Chair

Dear Greater St Cloud Development Corporation Investors and Partners:

In my role as GSDC Board Chair and Transportation Corps Chair – and as community volunteer - I have had the opportunity to work with many of our county, city, school district, state and federal partners. In my experience the overwhelming majority of these officials are doing their very best to serve us well.

With all the turmoil in the world and divisiveness we see in Washington, D.C., it is great to see that the majority of our local elected officials understand the issues facing our community and the need to work together to make good things happen.

Some recent examples of this are the selection of the new interim Stearns County Sheriff, the support for the advancement of the St Cloud Regional Airport market study by Benton, Sherburne and Stearns county boards, the recent resolution by the St Cloud City Council affirming the city’s commitment to being a just and welcoming city, the support for STEM education in grades K -12 and at St Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and the collaboration we see on an ongoing basis in business expansion and attraction activities.

The next time you see one of our local mayors, county commissioners, county administrators, city council members, city administrators, town board members, school board members, school superintendents or our state or federal legislative delegation or other public servants that are impacting economic development in a positive way, thank them for their service.  They do make a difference.

Additionally, as elections approach, please encourage good people to run for office as it is essential that we continue to have good leaders in these positions.

Best,

Brian Myres, Board Chair,  Greater St Cloud Development Corporation

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

From Patti Gartland, GSDC President

October 30, 2017

Dear GSDC Investors and Partners,

We’re live! I’m delighted to report that we have launched a comprehensive marketing campaign focused on retaining local talent and attracting new talent to our region. Earlier this year we announced that the centerpiece of our marketing effort would be a new online community portal: www.GreaterStCloud.com. It’s a wide-ranging source of information, videos, photos and blog posts about Greater St. Cloud’s quality of life, education, health and wellness, entertainment and more. It just went live, so take a look!

Initial response and reaction from our viewers and visitors to GreaterStCloud.com has been great!  

·         “Terrific Work. Terrific Site, Patti and Team. Very well done.” Dennis Host, Vice President/Marketing at Coborn’s Inc. 

·         “LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Wow. We have needed this for so long. It was super easy to get to GREAT Theatre through the site which is awesome!!!!” Dennis Whipple, Executive Artistic Director at GREAT Theatre.

·         “Congratulations GDSC, what an awesome site! This is a significant resource for us to use in recruiting talent to St Cloud and the surrounding communities! Well done!” Karla Donlin, Director of Physician Recruitment and Relations, St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health. ” Karla Donlin, Director of Physician Recruitment and Relations, St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health.

And, GreaterStCloud.com’s value proposition is truly unlimited. The more you use and promote its use, the greater its value will be. This is now your tool to use as you recruit talent and grow your business. We encourage you to use this logo and hyperlink/web address on your website and in your marketing materials.

Special thanks and recognition to our GreaterStCloud.com portal sponsors who are contributing nearly half of the cost to develop, maintain and market this powerful new community portal:

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This portal was also made possible through the support of GSDC investor cities of Becker, Cold Spring, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, Sartell and Sauk Rapids along with Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Patti Gartland,  GSDC President

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

GSDC Launches Portal to Market Greater St. Cloud Region

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October 25, 2017                                                                                                             

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The centerpiece of a comprehensive marketing campaign, GreaterStCloud.com is launched to be an informative resource about living, working, job openings and more in Greater St. Cloud, Minnesota

 (ST. CLOUD, Minn.) – The Greater St. Cloud area’s many advantages as an excellent place to live, work and conduct business are about to get a lot more attention with a broad audience, thanks to a comprehensive marketing campaign that was launched on October 25, 2017.

The centerpiece of the effort, developed and funded by the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC), is an extensive online community portal at GreaterStCloud.com. The website is a wide-ranging source of information, videos, photos and blog posts about the Central Minnesota communities that make up Greater St. Cloud. Included is information about quality of life, education, health and wellness, entertainment and more.

“Greater St. Cloud encompasses several neighboring communities, all of which have their own sources of information for government, schools, chambers of commerce, jobs and so on. But until now, people interested in our area couldn’t find everything in one place. Now they can with GreaterStCloud.com,” said GSDC President Patti Gartland.

GreaterStCloud.com also emphasizes job availabilities and economic development opportunities:

A link to the revamped and enhanced Greater St. Cloud JobSpot site provides information about the area’s job openings, which are automatically updated daily to ensure visitors to the website have a complete, accurate resource for local jobs. Currently, there are more than 5,000 job openings listed.

The GSDC’s existing economic development website is also linked to GreaterStCloud.com. Business owners and entrepreneurs will find information about financing, square footage costs, land availability and other data and services specific to the area.

Gartland said year-round digital marketing, targeted advertising and media relations are all part of the GSDC’s program to attract more young workers, families, businesses and others to relocate to Greater St. Cloud.

“We’re not marketing the website, we’re marketing the region,” she said. “By driving people to the website, we intend to inform and persuade them that Greater St. Cloud is where they will want to be.”

Project funding was provided by the GSDC and the following organizations: CentraCare Health, Bernick’s, Country Hearth Natural Breads, Coborn’s, Initiative Foundation, Park Industries, ATS, Granite Equity Partners, Microbiologics, US Bank, Clear Path Consulting, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the J.A. Wedum Foundation, Pilgrim’s and Marco. This portal was also made possible through the support of GSDC investor cities of Becker, Cold Spring, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, Sartell and Sauk Rapids, along with Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties.

 

Website and marketing campaign development were led by the Greenfield Communications public relations and advertising agency, working in conjunction with the GSDC’s staff and volunteer marketing committee, DAYTA Marketing, Meta 13 and Gearbox Functional Creative.

Much of GreaterStCloud.com contains links to existing websites related to government, tourism, education, chambers of commerce and others.

“This effort would not have been feasible if all these organizations didn’t already have so much great information out there,” said Gartland. “They’ve made it possible for nearly everything you’d ever need to know about Greater St. Cloud to now be found at GreaterStCloud.com.”

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, a private collaboration of more than 260 regional business and community leaders within Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties, was formed in 2011 to lead economic development for the benefit of the Greater St. Cloud region.

 

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

New St. Cloud Downtown Council Executive Director Named

Jolene Foss begins her role as DTC Executive Director on December 1

Jolene Foss begins her role as DTC Executive Director on December 1

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) congratulates Jolene Foss as she embarks on her new role as Executive Director for the St. Cloud Downtown Council (DTC) and the Downtown Alliance Foundation.  We had the pleasure of working with Jolene when she was an assistant with the St. Cloud DTC in 2014 and look forward to partnering with her once again when she begins her new role on December 1st.

For the past 5 years, we have hosted the St. Cloud DTC in our GSDC office suite.  We collaborate on revitalization and redevelopment initiatives that benefit downtown St. Cloud.

Welcome Jolene!

Posted on October 24, 2017 .

GSDC Announces 2017 Innovation Award Recipients

St. Cloud, Minn., October 2, 2017 – The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) announces the 2017 recipients of their Innovation Awards.  A strategic focus of the GSDC is to foster and promote innovative thinking among area businesses and organizations. The GSDC Innovation Award recognizes St. Cloud area for-profit and non-profit organizations employing innovation to solve problems and create opportunities.

Two for-profit awards will go to Mighty Axe Hops and Cybermation.  The recipients of the two non-profit awards are Talahi Community School and Jugaad.  Each awardee will receive $1,000. The organizations will be recognized at the upcoming meeting of all GSDC investors on November 30. 

Mighty Axe Hops has been selected for the for-profit emerging company award.  The award recognizes the company’s state of the art hops harvest facility and leadership in the developing hops industry in Minnesota.  The company is located in Foley, Minn.  More information can be found at www.mightyaxehops.com.

Cybermation will receive the for-profit established company award for creating custom technology systems that enable people with disabilities to communicate and control their environment.   The company is located in Waite Park, Minn.  See website at www.cybermation.com .

 Talahi Community School has been selected for one of two awards for non-profit organizations for the construction of an adaptive playground.   As the first of its kind in Minnesota the playground allows children who are adaptive to play on playground equipment.  Talahi School is in the St. Cloud Independent School District 742.  More information can be found at https://www.isd742.org/Domain/9 .

Jugaad will receive the award for a non-profit organization for its Jugaad Leadership Program.  The program prepares minority students and professionals for community engagement and leadership.  Learn more at http://www.jugaadlp.org/ .  Jugaad is located in St. Cloud, Minn.

The GSDC Innovation Awards are led by the GSDC Innovation Corps, the focus of which is to support new technologies, products, markets and companies in the greater St. Cloud, Minn.  region.


 About the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is a non-profit (501c3) collaboration of nearly 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.  The GSDC is funded through business investor contributions, personal contributions, and grants.  All actions are self-governed by the organization’s investors, boards and various committees.  Learn more at www.greaterstcloud.com.

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Posted on October 2, 2017 .