Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

GMNP welcomes new board members!

The GMNP is excited to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors: Anne Blackhurst, Terry Gaalswyk and Anna Wasescha. The bring extensive knowledge and experience with high education and economic development issues, and we look forward to working with them to develop policies and programs that will help Greater Minnesota communities and businesses grow.

Here is more information about our newest board members:

Dr. Anne Blackhurst has more than 30 years of higher education experience in small liberal arts colleges, mid-size comprehensive public universities, and a large research-intensive institution, including 10 years of successful experience in academic leadership roles. Continue reading

GMNP members invited to attend Legislative Action Day on March 14

The GMNP’s sister organization, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), is holding its annual Legislative Action Day on Wednesday, March 14 in St. Paul. All GMNP members are invited to participate. This day-long lobbying event is a great opportunity to learn more about legislative issues affecting Greater Minnesota and advocate for economic development priorities at the Capitol.

The day will kick off at the Best Western Capitol Ridge with a brief legislative update in the morning followed by lunch featuring a panel discussion featuring Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, House Speaker Kurt Daudt and House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman. Attendees will then spend the afternoon meeting with their legislators at the House and Senate offices (members should make their own appointments for meetings with legislators between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. that day). The  event concludes with a legislative reception and dinner at Mancini’s Char House & Lounge. More information about the agenda and venues can be found here.

To register, please fill out the online form at The deadline to register is Feb. 28.

If you have any questions about Legislative Action Day, please contact Julie Liew at