The Coalition of Greater Minnesota is a member of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, a nonprofit corporation devoted to advocating for state economic development policies and resources that benefit Greater Minnesota. In addition to the CGMC, the Partnership consists of numerous businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development authorities and nonprofits who have joined together to create a unified voice aimed at stimulating economic growth throughout Greater Minnesota.

The Partnership originated as a task force of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities in 2012. Due to a growing interest in its programs and the desire to branch out to additional stakeholders, the Partnership was established as a separate nonprofit corporation in 2013. During its inaugural year, its members consisted of nine chambers of commerce, 19 economic development authorities, six initiative foundations, five businesses and numerous cities. Today, the Partnership is quickly expanding and adding new members.

The Partnership is led by Executive Director Dan Dorman, a small-business owner and former state legislator, and it is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of representatives from all of its member groups as well as the academic community. The directors have extensive experience and offer unique expertise and insight into business and economic development in Greater Minnesota.

In 2013, the Partnership successfully advocated the State Legislature to commit to $18 million a biennium in funding for economic development programs that promote business expansion and job training in Greater Minnesota. It hopes to expand on those early successes as it moves forward into the next legislative session and upcoming elections. Topics that are expected to be top priorities for the Partnership’s 2014 legislative agenda include investments in infrastructure (including transportation and broadband technology), business incentives, potential changes to tax policies and regulatory issues.

For more information about the Greater Minnesota Partnership, please visit its website at gmnp.org.