GMNP board adopts policy positions, elects officers

The Greater Minnesota Partnership Board of Directors convened for its first meeting yesterday, where it adopted policy positions, elected officers and discussed goals for the organization’s future.

At the meeting, the board learned about the results of an economic development priorities survey that had been sent to business and community leaders throughout Greater Minnesota. The survey showed that the top three issues affecting economic development in Greater Minnesota, as chosen by the respondents, are broadband, job skills and transportation. Based on the results of the survey and input from discussions held at numerous regional meetings, the board adopted 10 policy positions for the 2014 Legislative Session. The positions can be read in their entirety here.

In electing its officers, the board chose Gary Evans, interim vice president of advancement at Winona State University and former president and CEO of Hiawatha Broadband Communications, as its president. Other officer elected were Harold Stanislawski, executive director of Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission, as vice president; Randy Wilson, mayor of Glencoe and president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, as secretary, and Mark Phillips, director of business development for Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, as treasurer. The officers were all elected to serve one-year terms.