Deputy Commissioner, Economic Development
Kevin McKinnon was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) in November 2014. McKinnon, who has worked in economic development since 2001, joined DEED’s Business and Community Development division as director of business development in 2006 and was named executive director of the division in 2012.
As Deputy Commissioner, he oversees DEED’s Business Development, Business Finance, and Community Finance departments, as well as the Minnesota Trade Office and the Office of Broadband Development. Altogether, these departments are responsible for more than two dozen programs at the agency, leading our state’s work of attracting, retaining and expanding businesses and creating jobs; encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship; and helping communities thrive.
Before coming to DEED, McKinnon served as the president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp., representing two counties in two different states. He was also the executive vice president of economic development for the River Heights Chamber of Commerce, representing two cities in the Twin Cities area, and was a senior economic development analyst for the city of Colorado Springs, Colo.
McKinnon has served on various committees and boards, including the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and the International Economic Development Council, and is a member of economic development and corporate real estate associations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.