On June 1, 2013, GSDC welcomed Patti Gartland as its president. Patti is a lifelong resident of the greater St. Cloud community and has more than 30 years of experience in community and economic development, private sector business, and higher education. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University.

Prior to joining GSDC, Patti served as the City Administrator for Sartell for nearly 12 years. During Patti’s tenure, the City of Sartell experienced a more than 65% increase in population growth and development activity totaling nearly a half-billion dollars. Specifically, she was instrumental in negotiating agreements between developers and public entities in multiple projects, including a 100-acre commercial complex and Sartell Medical Arts business park. Patti led the communication for and participated in the collaborative response to the Verso Paper Mill explosion and subsequent repurposing efforts.

In 2014, Patti was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Metropolitan Airports Commission in one of four seats representing outstate Minnesota. She is a former member of the board of the MN Land Trust and has also served as chair of the St Cloud Area Wastewater Advisory Commission, past board member and chair for the United Way of Central Minnesota, and board member of the Coalition of Greater MN Cities. Her career achievements include the Excellence in Service awards in 2004, 2006, and 2009 from the Coalition of Greater MN Cities, the Leadership award from the SCSU College of Social Sciences, and the ATHENA award from the St Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce.


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