About Us | Board of Directors | IEDC Staff | Partner Organizations | Consultants

 

ABOUT US

Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) was formed in 1981 as a non-profit corporation and is dedicated to the mission of helping create quality jobs. Primary financial support comes from the Blandin Foundation and Itasca County with additional investment from other public and private partners.

IEDC has a long legacy of success helping local businesses from start-up to major expansion. We are the Itasca area’s "go to" resource for business development, promoting the retention and growth of existing businesses, and attracting new businesses who can flourish in our supportive and competitive environment.

Our seasoned staff, Directors and Strategic Partners have the insights and knowledge to help businesses considering expanding or relocating to the Itasca area.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Mark GlasnappChairman, Newmark Enterprises
Wayne BrunsVP Business Banking, Grand Rapids State Bank
Rusty EichornItasca County Commissioner
Mary IvesOwner, Timberlake Lodge
Matt LehtinenPresident/COO, Magnetation
Rob MatteiCommunity Dev Director, City of Grand Rapids
Barb McDonaldProvost, Itasca Community College
Max Peters Investment Advisor, Velouria Capital Mgmt. LLC
Brian RauziDir of Support Services, Bigfork Valley Hospital
Bud StonePresident, Grand Rapids Area C of C
Diane WeberConsultant
Mike YousoCEO, Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital

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IEDC STAFF:


Mark Zimmerman,
President/CEO

Shannon Benolken,
Director of Business Development

Teri Heikkila,
Office Administrator

 

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS:

 

CONSULTANTS


Mike Andrews

Kathleen Kolp

Sandy Layman

Diane Weber

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"IEDC is a valuable resource to the businesses that provide jobs in Itasca County.  In the course of IEDC’s 30-year history, thousands of area businesses, both large and small, startup and existing, have been assisted by the organization’s knowledgeable staff and consultants. 

The work is done on a confidential basis and therefore almost never makes the front page news.  We can thank IEDC for helping create thousands of jobs in the Itasca area.  If you are looking to grow your business, IEDC has the resources available to assist you."

Peter McDermott, President & CEO Minnesota Diversified Industries



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