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DCI's "Economic Development Rising Stars" 

Joel Akason, Director of Business Investment, Greater MSP, Minnesota

1.Joel Akason. Greater Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership. MinnesotaJoel is currently the director of business investment at Greater MSP. Joel started his career with Pella Corporation after graduating in 1998 from Winona State University with a bachelor’s degree in business. While working at Pella Corporation, Joel earned his master’s degree from Drake University. Joel has worked in economic development since 2002, holding senior leadership positions for organizations including the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Marshall Economic Development Impact Committee and Capital City Partnership. Joel received his Certification of Economic Development (CEcD) in 2008 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

What’s the most overlooked issue facing economic development? Globally, the most overlooked issue is access to proper sanitation and clean water. In the United States, it’s having a successful immigration policy. Website: Greater Minneapolis Saint Paul Economic Development Partnership

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City

Economic Development Agency

Phone

Ada

Ada Economic Development Authority

701-729-5578

Alexandria

Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission

320-763-4545

Anoka

Anoka County Economic Development

763-323-5709

Becker

City of Becker Economic Development

763-261-4302

Belle Plaine

City of Belle Plaine Economic Development

952-873-5553

Big Lake

Big Lake Economic Development Authority

763-263-2107

Blue Earth

Faribault County Development Corporation

507-526-2151

Brainerd

Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corporation

218-828-0096

Cambridge

City of Cambridge Economic Development

763-552-3209

Champlin

City of Champlin Economic Development Department

763-923-7104

Chaska

City of Chaska Community & Development Department

952-448-9200

Cloquet

Cloquet Economic Development

218-879-2507

Coon Rapids

City of Coon Rapids Economic Development

763-755-6430

Cottage Grove

City of Cottage Grove Economic Development

651-458-2824

Detroit Lakes

Becker County Economic Development Authority

218-846-7330

Detroit Lakes

Detroit Lakes Development Authority

218-847-9202

Detroit Lakes

Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation

218-847-3191

Duluth

APEX - Area Partnership for Economic Expansion

218-740-3667

Duluth

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

218-529-7547

Duluth

Duluth Seaway Port Authority-FTZ

218-727-8525

Duluth

Duluth Economic Development Authority

218-730-5322

Elk River

City of Elk River Economic Development

763-635-1042

Eveleth

Iron Range Resources

218-735-3002

Fairmont

Fairmont Department of Economic Development

507-238 9461

Faribault

City of Faribault Economic Development

507-333-0374

Fergus Falls

Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission

218-332-5428

Fridley

City of Fridley Community & Economic Development Department

763-572-3591

Grand Marais

Cook County/Grand Marais Joint Economic Development Authority

218-387-3067

Grand Rapids

Itasca Development Corporation

218-326-9411

Granite Falls

Granite Falls Economic Development Authority

320-564-2255

Hibbing

Hibbing Chamber & Business Development Corporation

218-362-5930

International Falls

Koochiching Economic Development Authority

218-283-8585

Jackson

Jackson Development Corporation

507-847-3867

Lake City

Lake City Chamber of Commerce

651-345-4123

Le Center

LeCenter Area Economic Development Authority

507-357-4450

Litchfield

Litchfield Community Development

320-693-8184

Little Falls

Community Development of Morrison County

320-632-5466

Luverne

Luverne Economic Development Authority

507-449-5033

Mankato

Greater Mankato Economic Development Corporation

507-385-6640

Maple Grove

Maple Grove Community Development

763-494-6045

Minneapolis

Blaine Economic Development Authority

763-785-6147

Minneapolis

Economic Association of Minnesota

651-290-6296

Minneapolis

Greater Metropolitan FTZ Minneapolis

612-725-8361

Minneapolis

Minneapolis Economic Development

612-673-5159

Montevideo

Montevideo Economic Development Authority

320-269-5527

Monticello

City of Monticello Economic Development

763-295-2711

Moorhead

City of Moorhead Economic Development Authority

218-299-5441

Mora

East Central Regional Development Commission

320-679-4065

Morris

Stevens County Economic Impact Committee

320-585-2609

New Ulm

New Ulm Economic Development Corporation

507-233-4305

Northfield

Northerfield Economic Development Authority

507-645-3047

Osakis

Osakis Economic Development Corporation

320-859-2101

Owatonna

Owatonna Community Development Department

507-7747316

Red Wing

Red Wing Port Authority

651-385-3639

Redwood Falls

Redwood Area Development Corporation

507-637-4003

Rochester

Rochester Area Economic Development

507-288-0208

Rockford

Wright County Economic Development Partnership

763-477-3086

Saint Cloud

St. Cloud Area Economic Development Partnership

320-259-0300

Saint Paul

City of St. Paul Economic Development Department

651-266-6565

Saint Paul

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

651-259-7432

Saint Peter

Saint Peter Department of Economic Development

507-931-0661

Slayton

Southwest Regional Development Commission

507-836-1636

Spicer

Spicer Economic Development Authority

320-796-5562

Spring Valley

Spring Valley Economic Development Authority

507-346-7367

St. Paul

Mid-America Economic Development Council

866-439-9172

St. Paul

St. Paul Chamber & Economic Development

651-265-2795

St. Paul

St. Paul Port Authority

651-204-6239

Vadnais Heights

Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation

651-204-6027

Virginia

Virginia Economic Development Authority

218-748-7535

Wadena

Wadena Development Authority

218-631-7710

Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove Economic Development Authority

507-859-2135

Waseca

City of Waseca Economic Development Department

507-835-9741

Wells

City of Wells Economic Development

507-553-6373

White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake Area Community Development Department

651-429-8562

Willmar

Mid-Minnesota Development Commission

320-235-8504

Windom

Economic Development Authority of Windom

507-832-8661

Winsted

City of Winsted Economic Development

320-485-2366

Worthington

Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation

507-372-5515

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