Total Internship Management Workshop

For organizations, a strong intern program can maintain a pipeline of highly qualified candidates for full-time roles.  Internships and other forms of experiential education help students make a seamless transition to the world of work and are a perfect vehicle to increase retention rates, complete short-term projects, and identify future hires.

To promote the value of internships in central Minnesota, Dr. Robert Shindell, President of Intern Bridge, conducted the Total Internship Management Workshop on June 19, 2018. The event was sponsored by Granite Equity Partners, St. Cloud State University, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, the Initiative Foundation, and the Anderson Center, among others.  The workshop helps organizations of all sizes build successful internship programs, and participants learn how to effectively implement an impactful internship program and how to create and maintain a pipeline of highly qualified and educated full-time job candidates.

  Workshop participants networking in the Cascade Room at St. Cloud State University at the beginning of the event

Workshop participants networking in the Cascade Room at St. Cloud State University at the beginning of the event

As an intern at GSDC, I had the opportunity to participate in the workshop and learn some valuable information on how to enhance my internship experience. One of the most important lessons that I took with me is that an internship is not just about completing professional tasks (doing only that would turn it into a part-time job), but also, and most importantly, about establishing a mentoring relationship with your supervisor. The connection that you make with a role model allows you not only to learn the rules of your chosen industry, but also how to successfully transition into the world of work. In that sense, I feel very privileged at GSDC because I get to work with some great people who are helping me develop my professional identity.

For more information about the workshop:

Visit the Intern Bridge website at https://internbridge.com or contact Dr. Robert Shindell at robert@internbridge.com.

To participate in future iterations of this workshop:

Contact Angie Krtnick Complin, Talent Director for Granite Equity Partners, at angie@graniteequity.com.

Posted on August 28, 2018 .

Announcing GSDC 2018 Innovation Award Recipients

August 15, 2018

A strategic focus of the GSDC is to foster and promote innovative thinking among area businesses and organizations. The GSDC 2018 Innovation Awards recognize St. Cloud area for-profit and non-profit organizations employing innovation to solve problems and create opportunities.

Biodapt, Inc. and Brenny Specialized, Inc. will each receive an award for a for-profit company. The recipients of the two non-profit awards are Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid/CentraCare and Feeding Area Children Together (FACT).  Each awardee will receive $1,000. The organizations will be recognized at the upcoming meeting of all GSDC investors on November 1. 

Biodapt, Inc. has been selected for the for-profit emerging company award.  The award recognizes the company’s prosthetic products for adaptive sports, including Moto Knee, Versa Foot and Alpine Ski Foot.  The company is located in St. Cloud, Minn.  More information can be found at www.lbiodaptinc.com.

Brenny Specialized, Inc.  will receive the for-profit established company award for creating their own Young Driver Training/Apprentice program in response to an industry shortage in drivers.   It is a progressive training program that introduces prospective drivers to careers in driving and transportation through hands-on experiences. The company is located in St. Joseph, Minn.  See website at www.brennytransportation.com.

 Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and CentraCare have been selected for one of two awards for non-profit organizations.  Through their Medical/Legal Partnership medical care providers and lawyers work together to assure that health care outcomes are not negatively impacted by social problems experienced by patients.  For more information contact Ralonda Mason at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, rmason@mylegalaid.org or Paul Schoenberg at CentraCare, schoenbergp@centracare.com.

 Feeding Area Children Together (FACT) will receive an award for a non-profit organization for its FACT Packs food program, which aims to reduce childhood hunger in central Minnesota with a weekend backpack style food program.  Learn more at https://www.stcloudfact.org/  FACT is located in St. Cloud, Minn.

The GSDC Innovation Awards are led by the GSDC Innovation Corps, the focus of which is to support progress and developments the greater St. Cloud, Minn. region.

Posted on August 27, 2018 .

All Aboard Minnesota Event on September 26

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Get on Board!  YOU ARE INVITED!

All Aboard Minnesota is inviting you learn about how new rail service through St. Cloud, connecting to the Twin Cities and Chicago, will benefit you and the community!

Where?

Great River Regional Library-St Cloud, Mississippi Community Room 106, 1300 W. St. Germain Street, St Cloud, MN 56301

Date and Time?

Wednesday September 26, 2018

 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Overview - Roundtable forum for civic, business, and government leaders

·         Learn about the proposed plans for a second train frequency between the Twin Cities and Chicago, with a possible extension through St. Cloud

·         The potential economic impact for St. Cloud

·         How the citizens of St. Cloud and you personally benefit

·         What you can do to make these proposed plans happen!

·         Ample time for Q & A!

For more information, call 612-781-2894, email: allaboardminnesota@gmail.com, or visit our site: allaboardmn.org.

About All Aboard Minnesota.

All Aboard Minnesota is a 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit advocacy and education organization focused on the expansion and development of more long distance rail passenger service as part of a balanced transportation system. We are dedicated to the development of fast, comfortable, frequent intercity passenger train services within and connecting Minnesota to the upper Midwest.

 

Posted on August 27, 2018 .

From GSDC President Patti Gartland

August 27, 2018

Growing the Greater St. Cloud Economy Ecosystem: Act Local First.

All that we do and how we do it matters. How we interact with where we live matters. Who we do business with matters. How we connect with people, other life, and the land matters. Meaning, our everyday decisions have a ripple effect. And that effect has incredible power.

According to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), for every $10 million in spending at a local business, 57 jobs are created. That compares to 14 jobs created for the same amount spent through Amazon. Every dollar that is spent with a local business has a multiplier effect as it recirculates within our community - creating more quality jobs and greater stability as more of our family, friends, colleagues, employees and neighbors benefit. It defines why localism is a practice we should all subscribe to and prioritize in our procurement practices.

Localism is about building communities that are healthy, equitable and regenerative - backed by local economies that are stronger and more resilient than would be otherwise. It’s about using regional resources to meet our needs - reconnecting eaters with farmers, investors with entrepreneurs, and business owners with communities and natural places on which they depend. It recognizes that we’re all in this together, and that we are all better off, when we are all better off. If you’re curiosity is being piqued, learn more at https://bealocalist.org/why-local-matters/.

Being a “localist” and a practitioner of “localism” is in our economic self-interest. And while we have an abundance of profound examples of localism in play in the Greater St. Cloud region (think Granite Equity Partners, GSDC), our potential is so much greater.

GSDC puts localism in play through our procurement practices. Our first priority is to patronize a GSDC investor enterprise in meeting the needs of the organization. If we’re not able to sufficiently meet our needs through a GSDC investor, our next priority is to patronize local. For example, our recently produced 2019-2024 Strategic Imperatives and Priorities publication was designed, written and printed via GSDC investor companies (Blue Moon Design, Greenfield Communication and Palmer Printing).

All that we do and how we do it matters. So, please, act local first.

Patti Gartland, GSDC President

 

Posted on August 27, 2018 .

Message from Brian Myres, GSDC Board Chair

August, 2018

 Dr. Annesa Cheek, President  St. Cloud Technical and Community College

Dr. Annesa Cheek, President

St. Cloud Technical and Community College

 Dr. Robbyn Wacker, President  St. Cloud State University

Dr. Robbyn Wacker, President

St. Cloud State University

Dear GSDC Investors, Partners and Friends,

Education is an essential foundation of our region’s past, current and future prosperity.  In our work at GSDC our relationships within the higher education community have never been more important.  To this end it is my pleasure to welcome two new leaders to our board of directors and our community: Dr. Robbyn Wacker, president of St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and Dr. Anessa Cheek, president of St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC).

Both of these leaders are passionate about and dedicated to building connections within our community that will provide relevant education and a robust workforce for the future.  Current workforce challenges have brought attention to the importance of clear 2-way communication between employers and educators at all levels.  These partnership are essential to our ability to ensure that area students are prepared for today’s workforce and take advantage of opportunities for fulfilling employment and career advancement in our region.

Please join me in welcoming Presidents Wacker and Cheek to our community!

Over the summer we have continued progress on our project to refresh the GSDC strategic plan.  Please know we appreciate your responses to our requests for input.  We are moving forward in building out the final elements of the plan and look forward to sharing with you ways to engage in our “refreshed” strategic imperatives.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the GSDC staff for their dedication to the GSDC mission, and all GSDC investors and partners who continue to advance our shared vision for community well-being and prosperity.

Cheers!

Brian Myres

Chair, GSDC Board of Directors

Posted on August 27, 2018 .

Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation Announces 2018 Innovation Award Recipients

News Release

 St. Cloud, Minn., August 15, 2018 – The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) announces the recipients of their 2018 Innovation Awards.  A strategic focus of the GSDC is to foster and promote innovative thinking among area businesses and organizations. The GSDC Innovation Awards recognize St. Cloud area for-profit and non-profit organizations employing innovation to solve problems and create opportunities.

Biodapt, Inc. and Brenny Specialized, Inc. will each receive an award for a for-profit company. The recipients of the two non-profit awards are Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid/CentraCare and Feeding Area Children Together (FACT).  Each awardee will receive $1,000. The organizations will be recognized at the upcoming meeting of all GSDC investors on November 1. 

Biodapt, Inc. has been selected for the for-profit emerging company award.  The award recognizes the company’s prosthetic products for adaptive sports, including Moto Knee, Versa Foot and Alpine Ski Foot.  The company is located in St. Cloud, Minn.  More information can be found at www.lbiodaptinc.com.

Brenny Specialized, Inc.  will receive the for-profit established company award for creating their own Young Driver Training/Apprentice program in response to an industry shortage in drivers.   It is a progressive training program that introduces prospective drivers to careers in driving and transportation through hands-on experiences. The company is located in St. Joseph, Minn.  See website at www.brennytransportation.com.

 Mind-Minnesota Legal Aid and CentraCare have been selected for one of two awards for non-profit organizations.  Through their Medical/Legal Partnership medical care providers and lawyers work together to assure that health care outcomes are not negatively impacted by social problems experienced by patients.  For more information contact Ralonda Mason at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, rmason@mylegalaid.org or Paul Schoenberg at CentraCare, schoenbergp@centracare.com.

 Feeding Area Children Together (FACT) will receive an award for a non-profit organization for its FACT Packs food program, which aims to reduce childhood hunger in central Minnesota with a weekend backpack style food program.  Learn more at https://www.stcloudfact.org/.  FACT is located in St. Cloud, Minn.

The GSDC Innovation Awards are led by the GSDC Innovation Corps, the focus of which is to support progress and developments 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.

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Posted on August 15, 2018 .

The 2018 GSDC Talent Summit for Employers is almost here! Are you registered?

This employer only event is created for C-Suite, CEO’s and HR Professionals to provide an engaging, participatory learning and a networking environment to engage in key workforce topics.

You will walk away with tools, insights and ideas from local leaders to immediately put into place at your place of work to ensure you are the employer of choice in a very tight job market.

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 from 7 AM to 1 PM at the River’s Edge Convention Center. Register online using a link below.





Posted on August 10, 2018 .

Dingmann Appointed to the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation Board

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Leslie Dingmann, GSDC Business Development Associate,  has been appointed to the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation (MNEDF) Board of Directors and will begin serving  a two year term. The MNEDF is a 501(c)3 private non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of building stronger Minnesota communities through economic development outreach, education, training and research initiative. Click here to learn more about the work of the Foundation.

Posted on July 26, 2018 .