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Posted on September 30, 2016 .


The Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization, in collaboration with Hands Across the World, is offering “Conversational Somali and Introduction to Somali Culture”, a community education course designed to increase understanding of Somali language and culture. The course will take place at the Mary Center Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5–6 p.m., beginning September 27th and ending November 17th. 

The 14-class course on Somali culture is open to anyone interested in learning about the Somali language and culture. Course participants will be taught by Abdi Mahad, coordinator of Community Education for the Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization. Content covered within the course includes an overview of Somali culture and important Somali words and phrases.

Course fees are $25 for low-income/students, $70 for individuals and $100 for businesses and organizations. Fees are due by the second course meeting on Thursday, September 29th. 

To register for the course or for more information, please contact Dr. Ron Pagnucco at or call 320-363-5784.

To view the full event flier and full course schedule, click here.

Price Breakdown:
Low-income/students - $25
Individuals - $70
Businesses/Organizations - $100

Classroom of the Mary Center: 
823 1st Street South
Saint Cloud, MN

Class schedule (5–6 pm):
September: 27th, 29th
October: 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 25th, 27th
November: 1st, 3rd, 10th, 15th, 17th

Posted on September 12, 2016 .

GSDC Announces 2016 Innovation Award Recipients

St. Cloud, MN, September 8, 2016 – The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) announces the 2016 recipients of their Innovation Awards in for-profit organizations will go to GNP Company and Rollga.  The recipients of the non-profit awards are Operation Baby New Year and the St. Cloud Youth Leadership Academy (SCYLA).  Each awardee will receive $1,000. The organizations will be recognized at the upcoming Innovation Summit on October 13, 2016 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

 GNP Company will be receiving the for-profit Innovation Award for an established company for its Purified Water System pilot project at their state-of-the-art water treatment plant in Cold Spring, Minnesota.  The Purified Water System improves the treated water quality utilizing ultra-filtration technologies and a multi-barrier approach to treating waste water to a very high standard.  If adopted long-term, this system could allow the company to reuse water up to five times, potentially reducing their groundwater withdrawals by 80 percent. This would lessen the operation’s impact on local water resources and infrastructure, increasing capacity for the local municipality and its users. More information can be found at

 Rollga will receive the for-profit Innovation Award for an emerging company for their patented foam roller.   With its unique design, Rollga is used to relieve muscle and joint pains, stiffness and lack of mobility.  When used, the foam roller bypasses the bone structure, such as the spine, shins and hips, to unlock hard to access trigger points. It also allows for muscle displacement to ensure the muscle fibers are guided and protected from damaging shifts and pressure. Rollga is sold in all 50 states, Israel, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, United Kingdom, and South Africa.   More information can be found at

 Operation Baby New Year will receive one of two Innovation Awards for non-profit organizations for utilizing grassroots resources and relational community organizing to raise tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of a high demand commodity, diapers, for families in crisis. It has created a regional dialogue about an under discussed and serious issue (diaper assistance) on behalf of the organizations who provide shelter and assistance for individuals and families in need. Operation Baby New Year is not one organization, but a coalition of many. It is a collaboration of community members, local businesses, and communities of faith who provide diapers to organizations who are on the front lines of poverty and homelessness every day.   More information can be found at

 The St. Cloud Youth Leadership Academy (SCYLA) will be receiving an Innovation Award for a non-profit organization for their youth intervention initiative.  Through this program, ten St. Cloud police officers work with twenty at-risk male youth between the ages of 13 and 16 years. Participants are selected in partnership with the St. Cloud School. District, ISD 742. Its primary purpose is to develop responsible and responsive citizens by offering support to, building relationships with, and mentoring youth in the St. Cloud and greater St. Cloud area.  SCYLA begins with a one-week camp and continues afterward with regular gatherings and contacts between SCYLA's participants and the police officers involved in the program.  More information can be found at

 The GSDC Innovation Summit recognizes innovation in our region with the Innovation Awards, showcases regional innovation across sectors with the Great Ideas Expo, and educates about creating a culture of innovation in the workplace.  A keynote presentation by Nancy Lyons, CEO of Clockwork ( will kick off this year’s summit program and the cast of the Theater of Public Policy ( will lead interactive programming around innovation.  The event lasts from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  There is no cost to attend but registration is required.  A link to registration is at

 The GSDC Innovation Summit and Awards are led by the GSDC Innovation Corps, the focus of which is to support new technologies, products, markets and companies.

Posted on September 9, 2016 .

August 2016 Business Development Report by Bill Kemp


News of Note

KwikTrip continues to make investment in our region. The estimated value of their 10 new stores is $40 million dollars.    

Microbiologics plans to construct a 30,000-square-foot, $7.24 million addition to accommodate research and development labs and production facilities. 

Business Development Snapshot

Expansion, Retention and Attraction Visits

Goal for 2016:                    75 visits

BRE visits (thru June):    46 visits

Potential Business Projects:

Goal for 2015:                    50 projects in the Pipeline

Potential business expansion opportunities currently in the pipeline:

Within 3-6 months:                         40

Within 6-12 months:                       17

Within 12-24 months:                     17

TOTAL projects in the pipeline:  74

 Potential new business projects currently in the pipeline: 15

Jobs Created or Retained:

Goal for 2016: 600

Total jobs created or retained: 214

Posted on August 26, 2016 .

President's Column: "That Was Then. This is Now."

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of reuniting with about 100 high school classmates at our 40 year class reunion (Technical High School, 1976). 

 I joined with a half dozen other classmates in helping to plan and prepare for the gathering. Because of my continuing residence and community development role in St. Cloud following graduation, I was asked to assemble information about lodging options, favorite restaurants and sites to see. As I assembled information to go out with the event registration materials, it gave me opportunity to reflect on all that has changed within our community, most of which I’m truly thankful for and affirms why Greater St. Cloud is such a marvelous place to live, work and engage. But it also gave me cause to reflect on what has not changed, most of which I'm truly thankful for.

 Some of my standout memories and reflections include:

 Quarry Park. What was a highly popular but completely unauthorized pastime during my high school and college years has now been transformed into a truly unique, popular and legitimate public park that appropriately now garners statewide and national recognition. The class of 1976 frequented many of the quarry swimming holes and our favorites were referred to as "100 Acres", "Melrose Quarry", "Deep 7 (now Quarry Park)", and to a lesser extent "Dodd" located near TH 10.

 Paramount Theatre. Now a beautifully restored theatre for live performances, art shows and classes.

 House of Pizza. Same great pizza, same great location.

 Lake George. The pool is gone but the bathhouse has been beautifully restored and transformed into very attractive community meeting room spaces.  Lake George and Eastman Park remain a centerpiece for the community and home to the Summertime By George! weekly summer music festival and other community celebrations throughout the year. 

 Fandel’s Department Store. The three-story downtown store frequented by my classmates and me. It was also one of few buildings that included an elevator attendant to escort you from floor to floor.  That block is now home to Herberger’s and Capital One.

 The Hays Theater. This downtown theater was host to the movie "Earth Quake", complete with then-state-of-the-art sound effects that left viewers wondering if the theater was crumbling down. The Hays was also the site of more than one "streaking" incident. Fortunately, "streaking" was a short lived fad.

 Municipal Pool. Having lived just 4 blocks south of Tech High School, my childhood summers were spent at Municipal Pool and winters, ice skating on Lake George. Now, the pool is a splash pad, and skaters continue to make figure eights on the lake when frozen.

 Ours truly is a great community. It always has been and always will be. If I wasn't entirely convinced of it, I never would've opted to stay and grow my education, career, family and social network right here in my hometown.

 Greater St. Cloud: A Region On The Grow!

 Patti Gartland, GSDC President

Posted on August 26, 2016 .

Microbiologics Set to Expand

We congratulate Microbiologics, a GSDC founding investor, on their upcoming expansion!

The company plans to construct a 30,000-square-foot, $7.24 million addition to accommodate research and development labs and production facilities.  Microbiologics is a tremendous employer and community citizen and we are happy to have a role in helping this fine company grow.

Posted on August 26, 2016 .

Aug. 11, 2016 Open House Celebration

On August 11 GSDC, along with St. Cloud Downtown Council and Initiative Foundation, hosted an open house at their new office space at 501 W. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud.  The newly renovated and re-purposed historic First National Bank building showcases the beauty of century-old features in a twenty-first century office.  We thank C & L Distributing, Bernick's and Viking Coca-Cola for providing festive refreshments.  Congratulations to Steve Barthelemy of Interior Components Group on winning the wine basket door prize!  See photos of the celebration.

Posted on August 24, 2016 .