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Amanda Taylor

Director, Research

Favorite Regional Asset: The hundreds of neighborhood parks and playgrounds in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Meet Amanda

Amanda Taylor

Director, Research

651-287-5804
Amanda.Taylor@greatermsp.org

Amanda Taylor is the Director of Research at GREATER MSP.  Amanda provides intelligence and analytical expertise to inform business investment decisions and the execution of strategic initiatives that will accelerate economic competitiveness and inclusive economic growth across the Greater MSP region.  Amanda brings 12 years of experience in economic development and corporate site selection to the organization. Prior to joining GREATER MSP, Amanda was a site selection consultant and director of research with McCallum Sweeney Consulting in Greenville, South Carolina, providing site selection, incentives negotiation, and workforce analyses services.  Corporate site selection clients included Michelin, Northrop Grumman, Dollar General, and Aerojet Rocketdyne. She also engaged in economic development strategy and location competitiveness consulting with clients including the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Arkansas Economic Developers Association, Charleston (SC) Regional Development Alliance, and Enterprise Florida. Amanda also spent four years in project management and research roles with the Savannah (GA) Economic Development Authority, supporting significant capital investment and job creation decisions by companies like Gulfstream Aerospace and Mitsubishi Power Systems. Amanda earned her Master of City and Regional Planning at Clemson University and was honored with the American Institute of Certified Planners award. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, double majoring in Geography and Economics.  Amanda is an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate (LEED® Green Associate).

Favorite Regional Asset:

The hundreds of neighborhood parks and playgrounds in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Anders Victor

Manager, Business Investment

Favorite Regional Asset: The Mississippi River

Meet Anders

Anders Victor

Manager, Business Investment

651.287.5813
Anders.Victor@greatermsp.org

Along with other members of GREATER MSP’s Business Investment team, Anders works with various partners, stakeholders and influencers to facilitate business investment and job creation in the Minneapolis Saint Paul region. Anders graduated with master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, and interned at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. While studying for his undergraduate degree in Political Science, also at the University of Minnesota, he interned for Mayor Chris Coleman and United States Senator Amy Klobuchar. Anders has authored and co-authored published research on topics including genetic engineering policy, neuromodulation and occupational licensing in the healthcare sector. Anders is currently working to receive his Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The Mississippi River

Ashley Konz

Marketing Specialist

Favorite Regional Asset: Downtown and North Loop Minneapolis restaurants and entertainment!

Meet Ashley

Ashley Konz

Marketing Specialist

651-287-1363
Ashley.konz@greatermsp.org

Ashley Konz is the Marketing Specialist at GREATER MSP, where she assists with the development, creation, and communication of Marketing plans, materials, campaigns, and strategy for the GREATER MSP brand. Before joining GREATER MSP, Ashley held the position as a Social Media Strategist at Hubbard Interactive, where she utilized the power of digital to develop effective marketing strategies for a variety of clients to increase their presence on social media and meet their business goals. Previously Ashley worked on a project for The Department of Homeland Security and Facebook to build and implement a global social media campaign where she competed against hundreds of other individual’s campaigns and received an honorable mention for the success of her campaign. Ashley is passionate about helping the brands she works with succeed and utilizes her strong background in marketing and communications, social media, events planning, and graphic design to exceed expectations and meet goals. Ashley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and International Relations from Saint Cloud State University.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Downtown and North Loop Minneapolis restaurants and entertainment!

Belinda Massey

Controller

Favorite Regional Asset: Science Museum of Minnesota and the History Center

Meet Belinda

Belinda Massey

Controller

651-287-5822
belinda.massey@greatermsp.org

Belinda Massey is the Financial Controller at GREATER MSP, where she handles everything money related! Before joining GREATER MSP, Belinda worked for software start-ups in London, where she learned about crowdfunding and implemented cloud-based accounting systems to help small, fast-growing businesses meet their ever-changing needs. Previously Belinda worked in Australia in various industries, including insurance, construction and FMCG’s. Belinda is passionate about helping the companies she works with succeed and utilizes her CPA qualification to exceed expectations and increase productivity.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Science Museum of Minnesota and the History Center

Betsy Knapp

Organizational Specialist

Favorite Regional Asset: Lake Minnetonka and the surrounding lake towns.

Meet Betsy

Betsy Knapp

Organizational Specialist

651.287.1367
Betsy.Knapp@greatermsp.org

Betsy Knapp is an Organizational Specialist for the Business Investment team at GREATER MSP. She comes to the organization with more than 18 years of profit and nonprofit experience in developing new programs and processes in a variety of administrative settings. Most recently she was with Datalink Corporation, an Eden Prairie company that designs, implements and supports enterprise data centers. Betsy holds an education degree from Winona State University as well as an MS in Adult Education from Iowa State University.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Lake Minnetonka and the surrounding lake towns.

Daniel Sopdie

Manager, Regional Strategy

Favorite Regional Asset: US Bank stadium, and the diverse educational institutions cluster

Meet Daniel

Daniel Sopdie

Manager, Regional Strategy

651-287-5810
Daniel.Sopdie@greatermsp.org

Daniel Sopdie is the Regional Strategy Manager at Greater MSP, where he builds, supports and guides teams and coalitions of partners to execute the regional economic development strategy. Before joining Greater MSP, Daniel was the Senior Program Manager at the Office of University Economic Development (UED) at the University of Minnesota. Daniel's other experience includes working as International Missions Communication Officer and International Programs Officer for the Starkey Hearing Technologies Corporate Foundation. Daniel has also served as a Social Entrepreneurship Fellow at The Resolution Project Inc., where he developed and implemented small enterprises in communities that link private and public funding to develop local and regional economies. Daniel earned bachelor’s degrees in Economic, Political Science, and International Relations from Wartburg College and his MBA from the Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas.

Favorite Regional Asset:

US Bank stadium, and the diverse educational institutions cluster

Frances Huntley

Analyst, Research

Favorite Regional Asset: Uptown Minneapolis lakes, events, and food!

Meet Frances

Frances Huntley

Analyst, Research

651.287.5814
frances.huntley@greatermsp.org

Frances Huntly is a Greater MSP Research Analyst and has been with the organization since July of 2017. Frances has a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. During the course of her student career, she worked for numerous nonprofits including the Minnesota Council of Churches’ Refugee Services as well as the Northside Achievement Zone cradle-to-career partnership in Minneapolis. She also has experience in marketing and administrative support. Frances has a strong interest and abilities in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation, with specific training in ROI analysis, impact evaluation, and advanced population modeling techniques.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Uptown Minneapolis lakes, events, and food!

Jeffrey Rainey

Manager, Regional Air Services Partnership

Favorite Regional Asset: Affordable, quality public golf courses.

Meet Jeffrey

Jeffrey Rainey

Manager, Regional Air Services Partnership

651.287.5808
Jeffrey.Rainey@greatermsp.org

Jeffrey Rainey joined GREATER MSP in 2012 as a Project Manager. Along with the other members of the Business Investment team, he engages in projects that facilitate new business investment, retention and expansion, and job creation for the Greater Minneapolis Saint Paul region. Jeffrey brings 15 years of private sector sales experience to the organization, largely in the high-tech and medical fields. Previously, he held positions with Kroll Ontrack in Eden Prairie and Oracle in downtown Minneapolis. Jeffrey earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University where he majored in engineering science. Jeffrey is currently working to receive his Certification of Economic Development (CEcD).

Favorite Regional Asset:

Affordable, quality public golf courses.

Jen Lindemer

Director, Organizational Development

Favorite Regional Asset: Daniella’s Chocolates in Forest Lake voted WCCO’s Best Hot Cocoa in Minnesota!

Meet Jen

Jen Lindemer

Director, Organizational Development

651-287-1357
jennifer.lindemer@greatermsp.org

People leadership and cultivating culture highlight Jennifer’s HR and Organizational Development strengths. With over 15 years of expertise in diverse spans of industries including, but not limited to, manufacturing, healthcare and nonprofits, Jennifer finds significance in serving the team behind the organization. Driven by high optimism to help people magnify their talents, Jennifer believes everyone contributes a worthwhile purpose on this planet. She is responsible for the attraction, engagement, development, and retention of GREATER MSP’s most valuable asset—our excellent people. Inspired to work amongst a constellation of super stars, Jennifer finds her job rewarding as she learns something new every day. Jennifer graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Family Studies and focus in HR Management. She received her Masters in Communication from Bethel University with a distinction in training and development. Having visited 22 Latin American countries, she practices Spanish as a second language and makes an unbeatable guacamole.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Daniella’s Chocolates in Forest Lake voted WCCO’s Best Hot Cocoa in Minnesota!

Jennifer Erickson

Manager, Trade and Investment

Favorite Regional Asset: Great local restaurants and breweries.

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Erickson

Manager, Trade and Investment

651.287.1360
Jennifer.Erickson@greatermsp.org

Jennifer Erickson is the Manager of Trade and Investment. In this role, Jennifer works with companies to help them launch or expand sales into overseas markets. She also facilitates relationships with local stakeholders, industry groups and overseas organizations in support of Greater MSP’s mission. Jennifer previously spent seven years with the Minnesota Trade Office as an International Trade Representative, where she established and managed the state’s STEP program to increase exports from small businesses. Prior to that, she was with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture researching rail access for Minnesota’s agricultural sector. Before and after her time with the state, Jennifer worked in the private sector, in sales, international business development and project management roles. Jennifer earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, with majors in Japanese and German, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from St. Catherine University.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Great local restaurants and breweries.

Jodi Dosmann

Office Specialist

Favorite Regional Asset: The music scene and public radio station, The Current.

Meet Jodi

Jodi Dosmann

Office Specialist

651.287.5809
Jodi.Dosmann@greatermsp.org

With 20+ years of experience, Jodi provides administrative support as well as coordinating meetings and bookkeeping. Prior to joining the organization, Jodi was an Office Coordinator at Seneca Foods International Division. Jodi earned her bachelor's degree in Economics and Anthropology from Hamline University in Saint Paul.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The music scene and public radio station, The Current.

Joel Akason

Senior Vice President, Business Investment and Research

Favorite Regional Asset: The Saint Paul Saints Minor League Baseball Team

Meet Joel

Joel Akason

Senior Vice President, Business Investment and Research

651.287.5807
Joel.Akason@greatermsp.org

Joel started his career with Pella Corporation after graduating in 1998 from Winona State University with a BS in business. While working at Pella Corporation, he earned his MBA from Drake University. In 2002, Joel began his economic development career in his home town of Oskaloosa, IA as the chamber president. After 15 months, he moved to the Greater Des Moines Partnership, which is the regional economic development organization in central Iowa. After 2 years with the region, Joel went and ran the economic development efforts for Marshall County, IA, which is part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership region. Joel worked as the President for the Marshall Economic Development Impact Committee (MEDIC) for 5 years until joining Capital City Partnership in February of 2011. Joel received his Certification of Economic Development (CEcD) in 2008 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). In 2015, Joel was recognized as a winner in Development Counsellors International's (DCI) economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession. 

Favorite Regional Asset:

The Saint Paul Saints Minor League Baseball Team

Judy Johnson

Senior Director, Investor Relations

Favorite Regional Asset: All of the beautiful lakes and trails.

Meet Judy

Judy Johnson

Senior Director, Investor Relations

651.287.1362
Judy.Johnson@greatermsp.org

Judy Johnson is the Senior Director of Investor Relations. She is responsible for the recruitment and retention of GREATER MSP Investors and planning and executing annual fundraising initiatives. 

Judy is a Plymouth City Council member, has previously served as Plymouth’s Mayor, and is a past president of the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC). Judy received the 2015 LMC C.C. Ludwig Award, considered to be the League’s highest honor for elected officials. Recipients are chosen for their vision, statesmanship, and unwavering commitment to the public good. The award was given out at the League’s Annual Conference in Duluth in celebration of outstanding service. She currently serves on the Metro Cities Board of Directors, is a member of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) Government Relations Committee and serves on the Super Bowl LII Bold North Huts Committee.

Prior to joining GREATER MSP, Judy served as the Director of Government Affairs for the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce and, before undertaking that role, was TwinWest’s Director of Community Relations leading its economic development and workforce initiatives. Judy attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and earned a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University, with an emphasis on communications and public relations. 

Favorite Regional Asset:

All of the beautiful lakes and trails.

Matt Lewis

Director, Make It. MSP.

Favorite Regional Asset: Midtown Global Market

Meet Matt

Matt Lewis

Director, Make It. MSP.

651.287.5815
Matt.Lewis@greatermsp.org

Matt Lewis is the Director of Make It. MSP. He works with more than 100 companies, local governments, foundations, and community organizations to implement network strategies to better retain and attract talent. Matt studied cross-sector collaboration at the University of Minnesota, earning his MBA from the Carlson School of Management and master’s degree in Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He has worked and consulted for Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations on strategic marketing initiatives and public affairs campaigns, and serves in leadership positions on local civic boards including Conservation Minnesota. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked as a journalist in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. before returning home to MSP.  

Favorite Regional Asset:

Midtown Global Market

Maurice Harris

Manager, Research

Favorite Regional Asset: The region’s great transportation and public transit network.

Meet Maurice

Maurice Harris

Manager, Research

651-287-1369
Maurice.Harris@greatermsp.org

Maurice Harris is the Research Manager for Greater MSP. Maurice’s roles include conducting research to support economic development and market research efforts for the recruitment, retention, and attraction of businesses to the region. He is also responsible for the development and maintenance of intelligence directly related to supporting regional economic development efforts. Prior to GREATER MSP, Maurice was a researcher with the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), the research arm of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. His primary roles were performing target industry research, economic impact analysis, and special project research for policymakers. Originally from St. Louis, MO, he obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in Public Affairs, specializing in Public Policy Analysis and Regional Development and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Knox College majoring in Political Science and History.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The region’s great transportation and public transit network.

Megan Barnett-Livgard

Director, Business Investment

Favorite Regional Asset: Anoka County Bunker Hills Regional Park

Meet Megan

Megan Barnett-Livgard

Director, Business Investment

651.287.5812
Megan.Livgard@greatermsp.org

Megan is the Director of Business Investment. She joined the GREATER MSP team in 2012 as the Business Retention & Expansion Manager, where she built the BRE coordination that GREATER MSP uses today with all of its partners. She was also a key staff person with the implementation of the Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership (MMMP). Previously, Megan worked for MNCAR as the Member Development and Marketing Coordinator. Her role included enhancing relationships between commercial brokers and economic development professionals. Megan has also worked for the City of Monticello as the Economic Development Director and Associate Planner for the City of Ramsey. Megan graduated from St. Cloud State with a BA in Local and Urban Affairs. She also received her certificate for Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council.  Megan recently received her Certification of Economic Development (CEcD).

Favorite Regional Asset:

Anoka County Bunker Hills Regional Park

Michael Langley

CEO

Favorite Regional Asset: The Greater MSP Region has so many great regional assets, but I would highlight MSP International Airport, as it provides global connectivity to every business and citizen in our region, and brings the world to our front door.

Meet Michael

Michael Langley

CEO


Michael Langley is the founding CEO of GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership.  GREATER MSP leads global promotion, regional strategy, and project management for economic growth and job creation in the Minneapolis Saint Paul region, with 3.5 million residents and a Gross Metropolitan Product of over $230 Billion.  He brings years of experience to the role as a widely recognized  economic development  strategist  who  has  also  led  successful  regional  economic  development organizations in Florida and Pennsylvania.

 

Since the formation of GREATER MSP in 2011, the Minneapolis Saint Paul region has achieved strong job growth and record low unemployment, and has been recognized widely for its diverse and resilient economy.  The Atlantic recently published an article citing “The Minneapolis Miracle” and CNBC’s 2015 “Top States for Business” ranks Minnesota #1.  The Greater MSP led “Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership” was also awarded the “Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership” (IMCP) designation from US Department of Commerce in July 2015.

 

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mike also earned a MS in information systems from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  He served as a Navy pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight and crew time on surveillance and intelligence missions worldwide and as a technology analyst on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate in Humanities by American Intercontinental University for his work in community improvement. 

 

Michael’s community service includes leadership on the Board of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Metropolitan State University Foundation Board of Trustees, the Super Bowl LII Host Committee Executive Board, the NAIOP Board of Directors, and the Board of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  Michael was named one the "Top 50 Economic Developers in North America" by Consultant Connect in 2015, and was designated as a "Fellow Member" by IEDC in 2015 for his contributions to the Economic Development profession.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The Greater MSP Region has so many great regional assets, but I would highlight MSP International Airport, as it provides global connectivity to every business and citizen in our region, and brings the world to our front door.

Peter Frosch

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Partnerships. Chief of Staff

Favorite Regional Asset: Como Park & Zoo

Meet Peter

Peter Frosch

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Partnerships. Chief of Staff

651.287.5805
Peter.Frosch@greatermsp.org

Peter Frosch is the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships and Chief of Staff at GREATER MSP.  He is responsible for developing and implementing the economic development strategy for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region.  To do this work, Peter builds and leads high-performing project teams comprised of senior leaders from private, public, academic and philanthropic organizations.  He is also charged with creating and maintaining strategic relationships to support all areas of GREATER MSP’s mission.  Prior to joining GREATER MSP in January 2013, Peter was Legislative Director for Congresswoman Betty McCollum in Washington, D.C. In this role, he managed the legislative staff and directed all aspects of the Congresswoman’s policy agenda including her work on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees. 

Peter has also served as Director of Environmental Policy at Environmental Initiative, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit. During his time with the organization, he built a statewide coalition of business, government and nonprofit groups that developed Clean Water Legacy, a nonpartisan policy framework funded through the constitutional amendment adopted by referendum in 2008.  He is a member of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies Executive Committee, a participant in Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program, and a 2015 winner of the Knight Foundation Cities Challenge. Peter earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in international relations from Dublin City University in Ireland, where he studied as a George Mitchell Scholar. He lives in Saint Paul with his partner Anne, and their two young children.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Como Park & Zoo

Peter Kaiser

Manager, Investor Relations

Favorite Regional Asset: The wide array of great restaurants

Meet Peter

Peter Kaiser

Manager, Investor Relations

651.287.1348
Peter.Kaiser@greatermsp.org

As Investor Relations Manager, Peter supports the recruitment and retention of GREATER MSP Investors, and planning and executing annual fundraising initiatives. Prior to joining GREATER MSP, Peter held the position of Corporate Relations Manager at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, where he led the organization’s corporate sponsorship program. Previously, Peter was Campaign Manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Minnesota’s Team in Training program where he recruited and supported individual fundraisers looking to enhance the organization’s mission while training for endurance events. Peter earned his Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The wide array of great restaurants

Tiffany Orth

Manager, Make It. MSP.

Favorite Regional Asset: The diverse and vibrant theater scene.

Meet Tiffany

Tiffany Orth

Manager, Make It. MSP.

651.287.5823
Tiffany.Orth@greatermsp.org

Tiffany Orth is the Manager for Make It. MSP, GREATER MSP’s new regional talent retention and attraction initiative. Her responsibilities include assisting with the implementation of the Make It. MSP initiative, as well as providing support to the regional economic development strategy team. Prior to joining GREATER MSP, Tiffany worked as a Project Coordinator for the MN Sports Facilities Authority; the public entity charged with planning and designing the new U.S. Bank Stadium. Previously, Tiffany coordinated the gubernatorial appointments process for judicial and state agency positions in the Office of Governor Mark Dayton and also supported Governor Dayton’s transition team. She has also worked in fundraising for various political campaigns. Tiffany earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul.

Favorite Regional Asset:

The diverse and vibrant theater scene.

Wendy Williams Blackshaw

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Favorite Regional Asset: Vibrant theater scene – more seats per capita than anywhere but New York. Favorites include Theatre Latte Da and Jungle Theater

Meet Wendy

Wendy Williams Blackshaw

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

651-287-1347
wendy.blackshaw@greatermsp.org

Wendy is a dynamic leader with 20+ years of experience in Marketing and Sales for numerous high profile brands. Wendy was most recently Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, raising $53M in private corporate funding and creating the “Bold North” brand to introduce Minnesota to the world. Previously, she was the SVP of Marketing at Sun Country Airlines where she created and built the “Hometown Airline” brand and was responsible for all marketing, partnerships, and PR. Wendy also started Sun Country Vacations during her tenure. 

She has held similar marketing, /partnership positions with Mall of America, MN North Stars  Rollerblade, KDWB, and KSTP-TV. She has been an active participant in the Twin Cities community where she has served on numerous boards including University of Minnesota Alumni Association, The Emily Program Foundation, and Alive + Kickin’. She is an award-winning marketer, named to Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, earning numerous retail, advertising, and marketing awards.

Favorite Regional Asset:

Vibrant theater scene – more seats per capita than anywhere but New York. Favorites include Theatre Latte Da and Jungle Theater

Yvette Allen

Executive Assistant to Michael Langley

Favorite Regional Asset: I recently moved to Minnesota, and I’m just beginning to explore. So far, I do love that there are so many outdoor activities available for families.

Meet Yvette

Yvette Allen

Executive Assistant to Michael Langley

651-287-1364
yvette.allen@greatermsp.org

Favorite Regional Asset:

I recently moved to Minnesota, and I’m just beginning to explore. So far, I do love that there are so many outdoor activities available for families.

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