Updates from the GSDC

March 2

  • Engage Leaders: It’s Time at St. Cloud State University
  • Grow Business: Minnesota Exports Fell in 2020
  • Expand Talent: GSDC Workforce Resources
  • Shape Tomorrow: MN Cup 2021
  • Insights & Inspirations: Economic Value of Diversity and Inclusion

Engage Leaders

It’s Time at St. Cloud State University

One of GSDC’s four strategic imperatives is “Engage Leaders”. The GSDC brings community leaders together so their combined thinking and resources have a much greater impact on our region’s vitality than would be possible with only a few people acting alone.

Engage Leaders: It’s Time at St. Cloud State University

Greetings from St. Cloud State University!  Like so many organizations and businesses in the region, our campus community continues to work through the demands of an unpredictable pandemic. Our work to deliver a quality education to our students continues with an unwavering focus fueled by a sense of hope for the future, and the collective resilience of our faculty, staff and students. Although the landscape of how we do our work adjusted to social distancing and safety protocols, the pace of our work has substantially increased. Before the pandemic arrived, we already were aggressively moving forward with plans to evolve in to a new ‘state university’ through a bold initiative we call It’s Time. I am pleased to share some of the great things that are happening on campus.

Through our It’s Time framework, we are building on our academic excellence by being the leader in four academic areas of holistic health and wellness, applied science and engineering, education, and leadership. Our success is influenced significantly by our rich partnerships and the support of industry leaders in the St. Cloud region and around the state. These relationships help us in identifying the areas of need in the workforce and they result in developing degree programs and certifications for careers of the future. These efforts will undoubtedly serve Minnesotans, will strengthen the economy, and help our students make a positive impact in their communities.

As we create a new St. Cloud State University, we are thrilled with the opening of our School of Professional and Continuing Education that will provide access to professional and continuing education degree and certificate opportunities for non-traditional students and community partners. We are launching a Center for Innovation and Partnerships that will serve as the innovation hub for bringing great ideas to the marketplace. We are energized by the possibilities of these two initiatives and look forward to engaging our local and regional business and service providers in these developments and so much more.

We are radically changing the student experience from application to admittance and advising by providing on-going individualized support for students through our Husky Student Success Coaches.  We are expanding our reach to a broader range of students with distinctive academic programs with marketing and recruiting across the Midwest, the U.S. and around the globe. We are putting our stake in the ground as an institution of choice with widely celebrated and trailblazing academic programs. It’s time…to be bold.

Central to our success is the relationships that we have with our community partners and industry leaders. We are actively deepening these relationships as we find ways to connect our faculty and students to solve problems, serving the public as students learn professional standards through internships and field placements, and consult local nonprofits and business to gauge industry trends.

~Dr. Robbyn Wacker, President, St. Cloud State University.

Grow Business

Minnesota Exports Fell in 2020

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently released a report announcing Minnesota exports fell by 10% in 2020 due to confusion in international markets caused by COVID-19. If you are interested in viewing current and past years statistics, DEED’s robust database can be accessed here.

If your business is experiencing exporting issues, or if you have general questions relating to exporting, GSDC can assist. Please contact Business Development Directors, Leslie Dingmann or Larry Hosch with questions.

Expand Talent

GSDC Workforce Resources

  • Are you thinking about utilizing a Micro Intern this year?
    • Micro Internships are smaller bite size projects that can be done remotely to help support your work while also providing on the job training for our future leaders.

  • Is your Human Resources team a part of your Executive Leadership Team
    • Your #1 resource at your business are your people. To ensure your company success it is critical that your human resources team is a strong partner at the leadershiplevel to provide insight and support to growth plans for your organization. 

  • Do job candidates applying to your positions get treated like your #1 customer?
    • Have you applied to a position at your company?  Is your application and onboarding process easy to navigate and welcoming?  All applicants should be treated as your best customer.

GSDC provides resources on these topics and more that will assist in your talent recruitment and retention efforts. Ensure you are the employer of choice by learning useful strategies and implementing best practices. Webinars and additional helpful tools can be found on our GSDC website: https://www.greaterstcloud.com/webinar/

A special thank you to our partners which helped us create and provide these tools. 

Shape Tomorrow

MN Cup 2021

MN Cup is a community-led, public-private partnership supporting Minnesota’s entrepreneurs. They host an annual competition that reaches emerging entrepreneurs from across the state and connects them with education, mentorship, and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures.

MN Cup is gearing up for another virtual season. They are learning and improving to optimize education sessions, mentorship program, networking, and pitch opportunities you’ve come to expect from MN Cup.

The MN Cup 2021 application period is March 15 – April 16. Additional program information and link to the application can be found HERE. For questions or comments, contact hellomncup@umn.edu.


Insights & Inspirations

Economic Value of Diversity and Inclusion