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GREATER MSP Partner Advisory Council

The Partner Advisory Council is a body of over 40 leaders and practitioners involved in economic development throughout the Greater MSP region.  The Partner Advisory Council’s combination of private, public, nonprofit and academic leaders is unique in our region.


  • The Council meets quarterly as a full group and regularly in small working groups for the following purposes:
  • Discuss, coordinate and execute activities of the regional economic development partnership, including implementation of the regional economic development strategy
  • Maintain the partnership’s “operational protocols” that govern local project execution
  • Inform regional marketing activities and communication outreach                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Address challenges and opportunities for regional product improvement, including providing the GREATER MSP Board of Directors with recommendations for continuous regional improvement


The GREATER MSP Partner Advisory Council is established by the organization’s bylaws as the representative body of our region’s economic development partnership and core insight network for the Board of Directors. The group was formed in 2012. 


Partner Advisory Council Members
Russ Nelson, Co-Chair
Margaret Anderson Kelliher 
Minnesota High Tech Association
Bill Blazar 
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce/Grow MN!
Paul Cerkvenik 
Minnesota Private College Council
Patrick Cline
Xcel Energy Inc.
Stacy Crakes
Scott County Association for Leadership & Efficiency  
Steve Cramer
Minneapolis Downtown Council
Commissioner Jim Deal 
Metropolitan Airports Commission
Caren Dewar 
ULI Minnesota
Maura Donovan
University of Minnesota
Marlys Dunne 
Metro Mold & Design
Wayne Elam 
Commercial Realty Solutions
Patricia Fitzgerald
Hennepin County
Julie Frick
Carver County CDA
Bill Gray
Don Haller, Jr.
Connexus Energy
Jeff Hamiel
Metropolitan Airports Commission
Casey Hankinson
Ryan Companies
Jeremy Hanson Willis
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Christie Hantge
Economic Development Association of Minnesota
Nancy Hoffman
Chisago County
Jon Hohenstein
City of Eagan 
Jon Holt
Super Radiator Coils
Mayor Jim Hovland
City of Edina/Regional Council of Mayors
Lee Krueger
Saint Paul Port Authority
Bob Kill
Enterprise Minnesota
Janna King
Isanti County
Shar Knutson,
Workforce Investment Board/Minnesota AFL-CIO
Wes Kooistra
Metropolitan Council
Matt Kramer
St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
Tom Lambrecht
Great River Energy
Kim Lindquist
City of Roseville
Shaye Mandle
Medical Alley Association
Commissioner Jim McDonough
Ramsey County
Kevin McKinnon
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Ted Mondale
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority - Private Sector
Loren Nelson
Aurelius Manufacturing Company
Duane Northagen
Wright County Economic Development Partnership
Commissioner Ewald Petersen
Sherburne County
Mary Rothchild 
Jonathan Sage-Martinson
City of Saint Paul
Randy Sampson 
Canterbury Park
Janelle Schmitz
City of Woodbury
Julia Silvis
Itasca Project
Ned Tarbox
CoreNet Global
Craig Taylor
City of Minneapolis
Roxy Traxler
Sibley County SEDCO
Martha Weaver
Anoka County
Charlie Weaver
Minnesota Business Partnership
Mayor Gene Winstead
City of Bloomington
Heather Worthington
Ramsey County
David Wright
U.S. Bancorp/BOMA

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