A packed house at Harvester Square honored I-Award and Employer of Choice recipients on Nov. 16.

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation was pleased to host more than 150 people at our All-Investors Meeting & Innovation Awards Event last Thursday, Nov. 16, at Harvester Square.

Attendees were the first to learn who the winners were of our 12th Annual I-Awards  – created to recognize originality among for-profit and non-profit organizations located in Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties. New this year was the “Employer of Choice” award to recognize a business that has risen to workforce challenges, maintaining a positive and high performing workplace with industry leading practices and innovations to retain and recruit staff.

This year’s recipients bring to 62 the number of outstanding organizations that have been honored with GSDC I-Awards for the difference their creativity makes locally and around the world. Once again this year, each winner also received a trophy and cash prize.

Below is information about all five deserving winners, including brief videos about each.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (Non-Profit)
In partnership with the St Cloud School District and Granite Partners, BBBS started the BIG Partners Initiative, which was created to strengthen educational, college, and career opportunities for students facing barriers.

Blattner Company (For-Profit)
Blattner recently launched a leader onboarding program to accommodate workforce growth to match the increased demand for renewable energy.

GREAT Theatre (Non-Profit)
GREAT’s annual Youth Artist Project exposes high school students to the variety of roles and career opportunities in theatre. 

NETTwork Manufacturing (For-Profit)
NETTwork’s EMS Socket System is a revolutionary solution for below the knee prosthetic socks.

Preferred Credit Inc. (Employer of Choice)
PCI has an impressive employee retention rate and long-standing tenure, coupled with strong leadership, engaged and diverse workers, and a wide array of benefits that set them apart from competitors.

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