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Partner 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

Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt, Co-Chair
Ramsey County

Bob Kill
Enterprise Minnesota
Russ Nelson, Co-Chair
Nelson, Tietz and Hoye Inc.

Janna King
Isanti County

Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Minnesota High Tech Association

Wes Koostra
Metropolitan Council
Bill Blazar 
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce/Grow MN!
Lee Krueger
Saint Paul Port Authority

Paul Cerkvenik
Minnesota Private College Council

Tom Lambrecht
Great River Energy

Greg Chamberlin
Xcel Energy

Kim Lindquist
City of Roseville

Stacy Crakes
Scott County Association for
Leadership & Efficiency 

Shaye Mandle
Medical Alley Association
Steve Cramer
Minneapolis Downtown Council

Kevin McKinnon
Minnesota Department of Employment
and Economic Development

Jim Deal 
NAU Country Insurance/Metropolitan
Airports Commision
Ted Mondale
Foundation Technologies
Caren Dewar 
Urban Land Institute Minnesota
Loren Nelson
Aurelius Manufacturing Company
Commissioner Tim Dolan
Sherburne County

Duane Northagen
Wright County Economic Development Partnership
Maura Donovan
University of Minnesota
Mary Rothchild
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Wayne Elam 
Commercial Realty Solutions
Brian Ryks
Metropolitan Airports Commission
Chris Eng
Washington County

Jonathan Sage-Martinson
City of Saint Paul

Deborah Everson
Everson's Hardware, Inc.

Julia Silvis
Itasca Project

Patricia Fitzgerald
Hennepin County

Craig Tayolor
City of Minneapolis

Julia Frick
Carver County CDA

Ned Tarbox
CoreNet Global

Bill Gray

Roxy Traxler
Sibley County

Don Haller, Jr.
Connexus Energy

Charlie Weaver
Minnesota Business Partnership

Casey Hankinson
Ryan Companies
Jonathan Weinhagen
Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Jeremy Hanson Willis
Minnesota Department of Employment
and Economic Development
Kevin Wetherille
Jaspers, Moriarty & Wetherille

Shawntera Hardy
Department Employment 
and Economic Development

Gene Winstead
City of Bloomington

Nancy Hoffman
Chisago County

Heather Worthington
Ramsey County

Mayor Jim Hovland
City of Edina/Regional Council of Mayors
David Wright
U.S. Bancorp/BOMA

Adam Kienberger
Economic Development
Association of Minnesota






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