During the past 11 years, 57 outstanding organizations have been honored for the difference their creativity makes locally and around the world.  Awards are given to emerging for-profit company, established for-profit company, and non-profit organizations.

For the purpose of its I-Awards, the GSDC defines innovation as a new product, service, practice, technology or business model, which is a fresh take on solving a challenge, has been implemented, has improved the experience of a stakeholder, and has added value and/or been monetized (generated revenue) for a business or organization.

The “Employer of Choice” award is defined by the GSDC as recognizing 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.

The deadline to nominate/submit applications for the 2023 I-Awards and Employer of Choice Awards has expired.  

Next nomination/application cycle will open in July 2024.

2023 GSDC I Award Winners

Blattner Company (For-Profit Award) –

Blattner recently launched a leader onboarding program to accommodate workforce growth to match the increased demand for renewable energy.

NETTwork Manufacturing (For-Profit Award) –

NETTwork’s EMS Socket System is a revolutionary solution for below the knee prosthetic socks.

GREAT Theatre (Non-Profit Award) –

GREAT’s Annual Youth Artist Project exposes high school students to the variety of roles and career opportunities in theatre.


Big Brothers Big Sisters (Non-Profit Award) –

In partnership with the St. Cloud School District 742 and Granite Partners, BBBS started the BIG Partners Initiative, which was created to strengthen educational, college, and career opportunities for students facing barriers.

Inaugural Winner – Employer of Choice –

Preferred Credit, Inc.- 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.