A private effort for the public good.

About Us

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.

Highlights of our GSDC Meeting of Investors and Partners include the introduction of our new website, details on VEX Robotics, a summary of GSDC’s Industry Sector Roundtables, and an engaging keynote from Tawanna Black, CEO and Founder of the Center for Economic Inclusion.

Click below to watch our 2021 highlights video!

GSDC’s 2021 Annual Report


We lead inclusive and equitable 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.


As reflected in our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC), is dedicated to Shaping Tomorrow by placing a priority on advancing inclusive and equitable economic development within the Greater St. Cloud community. The GSDC recognizes the existence and persistence of systemic barriers that impact individuals based on race, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, and other marginalized identities. Such systemic oppression has created unequal and hence exclusionary economic opportunities in our region, as it has elsewhere. The GSDC also recognizes that the future of the St. Cloud community’s economic justice and success depends on all community member’s ability to fully participate in the economic growth and well-being of our region. The GSDC is committed to pursue, foster, and support inclusive and equitable economic development through meaningful partnerships with communities and individuals who experience marginalization. 

Our Governance

2021 Board of Directors

* Brian Myres, Myres Consulting & DAYTA Marketing –  Chair

*Joan Schatz, Park Industries – Vice Chair and Talent Co-Chair

*Mike Blair , CentraCare – Treasurer

*Ron Brandenburg, Quinlivan & Hughes – Secretary

Rick Bauerly, Granite Equity Partners – Well-Being Chair

Stefanie Brown, Rinke Noonan – At Large

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

Michael Faber, Viking Coca-Cola – At Large

*Jeff Gau, Marco – Talent Co-Chair

Mike Gohman, W. Gohman Construction – At Large

Dr. Laurie Hamen (Interim) College of Saint Benedict – At Large

Dr. Kenneth Holmen, CentraCare – At Large

Willie Jett, ISD 742 St. Cloud – At Large

Buddy King, Higher Works Collaborative – At Large

*Mike Markman, US Bank – Business Chair

Dave Meyer, Coborn’s – At Large

Paul Pfeiffer, ATS – At Large

Heather Pieper-Olson, CSB – Marketing Committee Chair

John Torgerson, Bernick’s – At Large

Matt Varilek, Initiative Foundation – At Large

Dr. Robbyn Wacker, St. Cloud State University – At Large

*Patti Gartland, GSDC President – Ex Officio

Rob Culligan, Saint John’s University – Ex Officio

*Denotes Governance Committee