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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.



Mike Youso Chairman, Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital
John DamjanovichVice-Chairman, MNStar Technologies
Wayne Bruns – Treasurer, Pro Blast Tecnologies, Inc.
Frank FredricksonMinnesota Power
Mary IvesTimberlake Lodge
Diane LarsonItasca County HRA
Matt LehtinenMagnetation
Rob MatteiCity of Grand Rapids
Max PetersCity of Cohasset
Bud StoneGrand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Davin TinquistItasca County Commissioner

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Mark Zimmerman,

Shannon Benolken,
Director of Business Development

Teri Heikkila,
Office Administrator





Mike Andrews

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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