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Partner Council

Paving the way together.

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 was established in 2012 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.

Partner Advisory Council Members

Russ Nelson, Co-Chair | NTH, Inc.

Ravi Norman, Co-Chair | THOR Companies, Inc.

Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt, Co-Chair | Ramsey County

Margaret Anderson Kelliher | Minnesota High Tech Association

Bill Blazar | Minnesota Chamber of Commerce/Grow MN!

Paul Cerkvenik | Minnesota Private College Council

Greg Chamberlain | Xcel Energy, Inc.

Dr. Bruce Corrie | City of Saint Paul

Stacy Crakes | Scott County Association for Leadership & Efficiency

Steve Cramer | Minneapolis Downtown Council

Jim Deal | Metropolitan Airports Commission

Caren Dewar | Urban Land Institute Minnesota

Commissioner Tim Dolan | Sherburne County

Maura Donovan | University of Minnesota

Wayne Elam | Commercial Realty Solutions

Chris Eng | Washington County

Deborah Everson | Carver Vounty

Patricia Fitzgerald | Hennepin County

David Frank | City of Minneapolis

Julia Frick | Carver County CDA

Bill Gray | Uponor

Don Haller, Jr. | Connexus Energy

Casey Hankinson | Ryan Companies

Jeremy Hanson Willis | Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Commissioner Shawntera Hardy | Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Nancy Hoffman | Chisago County

Mayor James Hovland | City of Edina/Regional Council of Mayors

Adam Kienberger | Economic Development Association of Minnesota

Janna King | Isanti County

Wes Kooistra | Metropolitan Council

Lee Krueger | Saint Paul Port Authority

B. Kyle | Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

Tom Lambrecht | Great River Energy

Kim Lindquist | City of Rosemount 

Shaye Mandle | Medical Alley Association

Kevin McKinnon | Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Loren Nelson | Aurelius Manufacturing Company

Duane Northagen | Wright County Economic Development Partnership

Mary Rothchild | Minnesota State

Brian Ryks | Metropolitan Airports Commission

Julia Silvis | Itasca Project

Vicki Stute | Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Ned Tarbox | CoreNet Global

Erik Thorvig | Anoka County

Roxy Traxler | Sibley County SEDCO

Charlie Weaver | Minnesota Business Partnership

Jonathan Weinhagen | Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Wetherille | Jaspers, Moriarty & Wetherille

Mayor Gene Winstead | City of Bloomington

David Wright | U.S. Bancorp/BOMA