GMNP President Gary Evans receives ‘Friend of the CGMC’ award

Gary Evans, former president and CEO of Hiawatha Broadband Communications and a former vice president at Winona State University, received the “Friend of the CGMC” Award from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) Aug. 21 during the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Rochester. The Friend of the CGMC Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have been strong allies in advancing the interests of Greater Minnesota.

After a successful career in business and education, Evans is currently serving as the first-ever president of the Greater Minnesota Partnership (GMNP), a sister organization of the CGMC. He was chosen to lead the GMNP, which formed in 2013, based on his experience and knowledge of issues that are important to economic growth in Greater Minnesota. This year, he played a key role in advancing legislation to create a broadband infrastructure fund to help bring high-quality broadband to parts of the state that currently lack adequate access. The legislation ultimately passed and was funded at $20 million.

“By testifying in front of legislative committees, meeting with legislators and spreading the message about the need for better broadband access, Gary was vital to helping the GMNP and CGMC achieve success at the legislature this session,” said Randy Wilson, president of the CGMC and mayor of Glencoe.

CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 85 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.