REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2017 TALENT SUMMIT

Registration is now open for the GSDC Talent Summit! The event will take place Thursday, April 6th from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

The Talent Summit is a FREE one-day conference providing an opportunity for businesses to attract local talent and for job seekers to connect with St. Cloud employers, strengthening the greater St. Cloud community.

In addition to participating in the career fair and attending the keynote presentation, employers can participate in a variety of breakout sessions, including: 

  • Embracing Employer Engagement in our High Schools – playing a positive role in our education of our students
  • Address the Training Gap – Partnering to Access Grants Available to You
  • Inspiring Employees to Participate in Online Recruiting
  • Creative Thinking Builds a Talent Pipeline
  • Connection Corner

To view the full event schedule and for more information, click here.

Ready to register? It’s FREE! Employers and job seekers, click here to register.

Posted on January 18, 2017 .

R.I.N.G. IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A FRESH APPROACH TO HIRING IN 2017!

Looking for some fresh ideas to your recruiting approach for the New Year?  Try to R.I.N.G. in the New Year with these four tips on how to approach your hiring this year:

  • Recruit Freelancers
  • Improve Employee Flexibility
  • Negotiate Shared or New Talent
  • Generate appealing benefit packages and perks

To read the full JobSpot article on how to update your recruiting strategy, click here.

Posted on January 3, 2017 and filed under JobSpot.

KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH 50 PERCENT CASH MATCH ON WAGES FOR STEM INTERNS

Employers, is your company interested in hiring a STEM intern? SciTechsperience, a state-funded internship program, is currently offering to matching 50 percent of the intern’s wages (up to $2,500) for participating companies.

The SciTechsperience internship program aims to connect both small and medium-sized Minnesota businesses with college STEM students. SciTechsperience provides a low-cost solution for companies that may not otherwise have access to qualified interns. The internships benefit both the employers and the students by helping employers develop solutions to challenges and providing hands-on learning experience opportunities for students.

There are currently 248 matching grants remaining for 2016-2017. Matching grants are allocated on a first come, first hire basis.

To learn more about whether your company is eligible to receive a matching grant or to apply, click here.

For more information, please contact Becky Siekmeier at beckys@mhta.org or call 952-230-4241.

Posted on January 3, 2017 and filed under JobSpot.

GSDC Director Brian Myres Named Finalist in Minnesota Business 2017 Community Impact Awards

Minnesota Business magazine recently announced the finalists  for the 2017 Community Impact Awards and GSDC Director Brian Myres is among them. 

The 2017 Community Impact Awards honor businesses, social enterprise organizations, nonprofits, initiatives and individuals making a significant impact on communities in Minnesota. This is the first time nonprofit organizations are included in the awards, in recognition of their profound influence on the quality of life in our state..  

Myres was selected for the category of Paragon of Leadership.  He was instrumental in the founding of GSDC in 2011 and has been substantially engaged in our work since.  We are grateful for Brian's leadership and contribution to our community and the GSDC!  We extend heartfelt congratulations to you, Brian!

Winners will be announced at a Minnesota Business gala on February 23, 2017 and will be featured in the March issue of Minnesota Business magazine.

More info at Minnesota Business Community Impact Awards.

Posted on December 14, 2016 .

GSDC Selects Larry Hosch for Business Development Director Role

St. Cloud, MN, December 13, 2016 – The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) announces its selection of Larry Hosch as Business Development Director.  Hosch succeeds Bill Kemp, who retires at the end of 2016.  Kemp has served the GSDC for nearly four years and has played an important role in its success to date.

 Hosch joins GSDC after 20 years of contributing to the Greater St. Cloud region in local, regional and state government, local non-profits and private business.  For the past four years Hosch has managed the redesign and alignment of programs for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Additionally, he is a member of the Minnesota Workforce Development Board, including its Executive Committee, equity taskforce and career pathways partnership initiative.  Hosch also serves on the Economic Development Authority for the City of St. Joseph.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and master’s degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

 Prior to his tenure with the Department of Human Services, Hosch was elected mayor of St. Joseph in 2000 at the age of 22.  After serving two terms as mayor, Hosch was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives where he served four terms representing the Central Minnesota communities of Cold Spring, St. Joseph, Avon, Paynesville, Richmond and Kimball.  In 2005 Hosch founded and led Lamar Homes and Remodeling, LLC, a small business focused on real estate revitalization and exterior residential work.

 Hosch commented, “I am excited to join the GSDC team and contribute the knowledge and experience I have gained from being a small business owner and participant in local and state government.  I want the very best for this community I call home, and look forward to contributing to our growing regional economy by supporting and assisting area businesses, and attracting new ones.”

 GSDC President Patti Gartland commented, “We are excited to have someone with Larry’s passion and commitment to the Greater St. Cloud region and breadth of experience joining the GSDC team.”  GSDC Board Chair Bob White added,  "After interacting with Larry and hearing his story, I am highly confident he has the characteristics necessary to advance and accelerate the work of the GSDC." 

Hosch will assume his new role on January 2, 2017. 

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About the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) 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. 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 and public organizations, 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 December 13, 2016 .

EMPLOYERS: RECRUIT & RETAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES EFFECTIVELY

Are you looking for a way to promote your company while also building exceptional company loyalty? The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, in partnership with St. Cloud State University, presented a free webinar on Wednesday, October 26th. The webinar, “Building Strong Teams: Retaining and Recruiting Top Local Talent”, focused on providing proven methods to help companies and organizations better retain and recruit their employees.

GSDC Talent Director Gail Cruikshank was accompanied by three local employers who shared examples of their companies’ successful recruitment and retention strategies. Speakers included Luke Riordan from DAYTA Marketing, Georgia McCann from ATS and Tonya Fuller from Park Industries.

Interested in viewing the webinar’s content? Click here to view the presentation.

Weren’t able to attend the webinar? No problem! Click here to watch the recording.

Posted on October 28, 2016 .

U of MN Invites St. Cloud Region Alumni to Evening Event in St. Cloud

CHANGE MEETS INNOVATION

University of Minnesota experts offer new insights into our health, our economy, and our lives.

THE TUSCAN CENTER
3333 Division Street, St. Cloud

Thursday, November 10

5:30 p.m. - Doors Open
6-7:15 p.m. - Program
7:15 p.m. - Social time with presenters

Hosted by Regent Laura Brod

PRESENTERS

Hank Balfour
Could a vaccine help eliminate mono, multiple sclerosis, and cancer?

Epstein-Barr virus disease is one of the most common and complex viruses. It can cause mononucleosis, lymphoma, and other cancers, and may play a causative role in multiple sclerosis. The development of a vaccine is among the most promising research at the University of Minnesota

Mark Seeley
Coping with Climate Change

Hear thoughts from climatologist and meteorologist on how, when weather no longer plays by the rules, we must adapt to the new rules of the game. Climate change is creating powerful new short- and long-term effects. You'll learn how to adapt to the new normal of extreme weather.

Ben Winchester
Rural Rebound

We often hear about a rural brain drain-young people leaving their hometowns after high school. Ben Winchester introduces you to in-migration. Young adults and their children are moving into rural communities, often surpassing the numbers of those moving away. This brain gain is a trend we need to sustain.

 RSVP Here

Posted on October 21, 2016 .

Exciting Career Opportunity at GSDC

As a result of a retirement we have an opening for Business Development Director.  The role description is listed below.  Please submit a resume and cover letter to Patti Gartland, PGartland@GreaterStCloud.com.  Applications will be accepted through October 28.  Link to Role Description

Position Title: Business Development Director

Status: Full-time Exempt

Reports to and serves at the will of the President

Primary Role

High level sales professional that builds market position for the greater St. Cloud region by locating and cultivating business development relationships and opportunities. Consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, the Business Development Director leads, develops and implements efforts to diversify the economy and promote economic growth focusing on primary sector opportunities throughout the greater St. Cloud region and all forms of development in the downtown St. Cloud area. Effectively manage the pipeline of business retention, expansion and attraction opportunities and translate meaningful data to GSDC leadership, partners, and the general public. Maintaining confidentiality is extremely important.

 Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities are to identify new business development leads and opportunities, cultivate actions that capitalize on business development opportunities in the region, and maintain fruitful relationships with key stakeholders.

1.       Develop and implement short and long term strategies that will assist in the growth of primary sector businesses in the GSDC’s geographical area of responsibility in accordance with Business Corps plans and direction of the GSDC Board of Directors and President.

2.       Conduct necessary economic research that will assist the GSDC in its mission to continue to diversify the regional economy, create new and better paying employment opportunities, enhance the local tax base and create “new wealth” in the region. Prepare and clearly present business research and reports to the GSDC board and officers, public entities, the businesses being assisted and the public in general.

3.       Develop and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups in promoting economic growth for the region. Coordinate and collaborate with St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce and area economic development agencies in scheduling and conducting business retention visits for primary sector businesses. Provide leadership, develop and nurture collaborative working relationships with GSDC investors, area cities, counties, Chambers of Commerce, economic development agencies, utilities, state agencies such as DEED, MN Business Finance Inc., Initiative Foundation, Stearns-Benton Workforce Council, area educational institutions, and others that may play a role and facilitating positive business growth and development.     

 4.       Maintain a solid working knowledge of the domestic and global economy along with a thorough understanding of the economic development process and tools. Effectively communicate that knowledge and understanding with the GSDC board and officers, staff, community and businesses being assisted.    

5.       Understand and annually assess needs of existing local business to facilitate business retention and expansion in the greater St. Cloud region. Develop and maintain comprehensive business data and contact records. Maintain and advance utilization of GSDC’s integrated CRM database system (SalesForce) to effectively manage, analyze and generate reports as needed and requested to support Business Development and investor relations functions.

6.       Lead and facilitate the recruitment and attraction of new companies to the region. Network and promote the Greater St. Cloud region to site locators, commercial brokers, trade associations and other appropriate avenues.  

7.       Develop effective strategies and actions to strengthen the relationship between the St. Cloud region and the corporate headquarter leadership of primary sector companies whose headquarters are located elsewhere.

8.       Develop and maintain a formal network among the region’s commercial real estate brokers, contractors, lenders, lawyers, and accountants to foster cooperation and participation in GSDC business retention, expansion and attraction efforts.

9.       Develop and maintain a process of identifying and securing future commercial and industrial park land throughout the greater St. Cloud region.

10.   Assist in efforts to retain existing investors and recruit new investors in GSDC. Facilitate collaboration in efforts and information sharing between the Business Corps and all other GSDC Corps (e.g. Talent, Innovation, Well-Being, Downtown Revitalization, Transportation) and Committees (e.g. Marketing, Scorecard, Finance, Investment). Work with and support the efforts of other GSDC staff members and partners in completing the economic growth mission of the organization.

 11.   Partner with the City of St. Cloud in efforts to facilitate development and redevelopment opportunities in downtown St. Cloud.

12.   Perform other duties and complete special projects as assigned.

 Key Performance Indicators

·  Positive movement in primary sector job creation and wage level metrics and other applicable metrics for measuring business growth success.

·  Completion of annual business assessment surveys and completion of retention and expansion visits independently and in collaboration with the area city and council economic development entities and with the Chamber Grow MN calls.

·  Completion of business retention and expansion visits in quantity and frequency as determined by the Business Corps Chair and President.

·  Successful utilization of SalesForce by GSDC staff and partner entities that are authorized access and assigned a GSDC license.

·  Positive feedback from the Business Corps committee, Board of Directors, investors, business community, GSDC partners, and GSDC staff team.

·  Active engagement and participation in Partners Advisory Council meetings and initiatives.

·  Protects GSDC’s value by strictly keeping information confidential.

 Qualifications

Preferred Education and Experience:

·   Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a preferred degree and major course work in economic development, business development, sales and marketing or related field.  

·   Minimum seven years of increasing experience and responsibility in the field of business development, economic development, sales and marketing, commercial real estate, commercial banking or related field preferably with at least two years of executive level engagement with or on a business development or economic development team.  

 Business Systems Knowledge and Competencies:

·   Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

·   CRM systems (Sales Force, or equivalent systems)

·   Internet and associated applications

·   Social media applications

 Key Competencies:

·   Highly skilled in sales planning, prospecting and execution.

·   Mature individual with a professional appearance, positive attitude and well-developed interpersonal skills capable of communication with diverse personalities.

·   Represent the community at all times in a professional manner with decorum and dignity.

·   Excellent writing skills and proficient in developing and delivering informative and inspiring oral and visual presentations to various public and private clients and audiences.

·   Extensive market knowledge of the greater St. Cloud region and identifying new market trends and opportunities.

·   Strong problem solving skills in helping navigate and develop solutions to complex and politically sensitive development challenges in a manner that preserves and protects key player relationships and the reputation of the region and organization.

·   Highly motivated and self-starter with a solid sense of personal and business ethics.

·   Basic working knowledge of local, state and federal government.

·   Maintain a positive working relationship with all members of the GSDC team, board members, officers, and investors.

 Work Environment

Work is typically performed in a standard office setting working at a desk or table on a level surface. Routinely travels to attend meetings, visit business sites and attend various functions. May be required to work more hours than normal during a regular workweek depending on workload and deadline requirements.

Posted on October 10, 2016 .