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What We Do


Invest resources to foster vibrant growth and economic prosperity in northeastern Minnesota. 
  • Enhance livable communities. 
  • Maximize collaborations and partnerships. 
  • Strengthen businesses and worker education.


Long-term economic growth increases the well-being of all people in northeastern Minnesota.

Guiding Principles 

  • Servant Leadership: We believe a servant-leader is servant first and we focus on what we can do for others.
  • People: We respect, value and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are.
  • Commitment: We are committed to providing great service that impacts lives.
  • Empowerment: We encourage employees to take initiative, engage in continuous improvement and give their best.
  • Collaboration: We seek out and promote diverse alliances because we value other’s knowledge, opinions and abilities and together we can more effectively address the issues that face our region.
  • Equity: We strive toward equity and our intention is that our partners, strategies and investments reflect this


  • Communities invest in their foundational, business and social assets to ensure quality of life.
  • Businesses invest in northeastern Minnesota.
  • Workers have the education and training to meet business needs.
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