Excerpted from an article by Bill Morgan in the Sherburne County Citizen, April 30, 2015
The City of Becker — along with Sherburne County and several other local foundations and industries — are partnering up with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation to retool their economies and become more resilient to changing conditions associated with being a coal-reliant community.
Throughout 2015, NACo and NADO Research Foundation are hosting three intensive, hands-on workshops designed to boost the innovative potential of coal-reliant counties and regions seeking to grow and diversify their economies. Counties and regions were asked to form teams to apply to enter the program.
The coal challenge team for this area includes: Greg Pruszinske, City Administrator of Becker, Therese Haffner, Becker city planner, Felix Schmiesing, Sherburne County Commissioner, Dan Weber, Sherburne County, Kathleen Heaney, Sherburne County Attorney, Mark Osendorf, Xcel Energy, Dan Frank Initiative Foundation, Bill Kemp, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, Leslie Dingmann, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation.