A private effort for the public good.

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is a private collaboration of approximately 250 regional business and community leaders within Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties in central Minnesota. The GSDC is leading a passionate, community-wide commitment to harness the vast resources of our region, facilitating collaboration among and between them and making the greater St. Cloud area one of the best places to live and work in America. Our efforts to improve the business climate and economic base of the region are 100 percent self-funded through investor fees and all actions are self-governed by our investors, boards and various committees.

The charge of the GSDC is to spearhead the economic development efforts of the greater St. Cloud region by identifying and unifying opportunities to engage community leaders, foster business growth, expand and nurture the area's talent base and support the communities that make up the greater St. Cloud region.


We lead economic development for the benefit of the Greater St. Cloud Community.


Greater St. Cloud is a growing and vibrant community where talented people choose to live, work, and engage.

By growing we mean our businesses will have expanded, adding high-quality, high-wage jobs in strategic industries and occupations at a pace that is faster than our historical levels of growth and faster than relevant benchmarks.

By vibrant, we mean an energized and engaged and healthy and happy community where people are utilizing their gifts and talents at a high level and to a large degree.


We will demonstrate these values as we make decisions and take action on behalf of the corporation and community:

Leadership. We inspire trust.

Diversity. We benefit from differences.

Collaboration. We engage partners.

Integrity. We do what we say.

Accountability. We create results.


Our Governance

2019 Board of Directors

Willie Jett, ISD 742 St. Cloud - At Large

*Mike Markman, US Bank - Business Co-Chair

Paul Pfeiffer, ATS – At Large

Heather Pieper-Olson, CSB – Marketing Committee Chair

Tom Rickers, Bremer Bank – Finance Chair

Joan Schatz, Park Industries - At-Large

John Torgerson, Bernick’s – At Large

Caryl Turnow, Central MN Community Foundation - At Large

Matt Varilek, Initiative Foundation - At Large

Robbyn Wacker, St. Cloud State University - At Lrge

*Patti Gartland, GSDC – Ex Officio

*Denotes Governance Committee

* Brian Myres, Myres Consulting & DAYTA Mktg –  Chair & Transportation Chair

*Rick Bauerly, Granite Equity Partners – Vice Chair & Well-Being Chair

*Greg Klugherz, CentraCare Health – Treasurer

*Ron Brandenburg, Quinlivan & Hughes - Secretary

Anessa Cheek, St. Cloud Technical and Community College - At Large

*Jeff Gau, Marco - Talent Chair

Brad Goskowicz, Microbiologics – Innovation Chair

Michael Hemesath, SJU– At-Large

*Mary Hinton, CSB – At-Large

Kenneth Holmen, CentraCare – At Large


Meet Our Staff

L to R: Leslie Dingmann, Sonja Gidlow, Gail Cruikshank, Patti Gartland, Larry Hosch

L to R: Leslie Dingmann, Sonja Gidlow, Gail Cruikshank, Patti Gartland, Larry Hosch

Patti Gartland
320-252-5228 direct  

Leslie Dingmann
Business Development Associate
320-252-5247 direct  

Larry Hosch
Business Development Director
320-252-5185 direct  

Sonja Gidlow
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communication
320-252-5203 direct 

Gail Cruikshank
Talent Director
320-257-4753 direct