Click the image to read the digital edition of the 2016 Progress Minnesota digital edition.
Now in its fifth year, Finance & Commerce’s Progress Minnesota event showcases the entrepreneurial spirit and economic development occurring across the state. More than two dozen individuals, companies and organizations are among the 2016 honorees selected by an independent panel of judges.
The 28 honorees were feted April 7 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Gov. Mark Dayton issued a proclamation to celebrate April 7 as Progress Minnesota Day.
Since the first event in 2012, attendees have told us they come away profoundly impressed by the ingenuity and strength of Minnesota’s business community and the state’s support systems.
In the following pages, you’ll see profiles of each honoree. Some are familiar names like Wells Fargo, which is investing $300 million in an urban campus in downtown Minneapolis, and Arctic Cat, which is moving its headquarters to the hip North Loop area to attract and retain innovative, adventurous workers.
You’ll see some unfamiliar names that may end up developing the next scientific breakthrough. You’ll wonder why you’ve never heard of some companies even though they have been churning out amazing widgets and whatnot for years without drawing much attention. Some companies prefer to fly under the radar for proprietary reasons, and others are just too busy growing to raise their profiles.
You’ll read about individuals who made a big difference as entrepreneurs or employees. You’ll learn about problem-solvers who developed programs in greater Minnesota to fill crucial needs in the workforce.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree is Louis Jambois, who recently retired as president of the St. Paul Port Authority after sparking redevelopment in blighted areas. Jambois, who also worked for the state’s economic development agency for many years, seems averse to taking any personal credit, saying he just hangs “around with smart people.”
Read more about Jambois and other Progress Minnesota honorees by clicking on the links below.
—Casey Selix, Editor, Finance & Commerce
Lifetime Achievement Award
Louie Jambois | St. Paul Port Authority
Angie Bastian | Angie’s Kettle Corn
Ravi Norman | Thor Construction
David Reiling | Sunrise Banks
Malini Wright | Bremer Bank
Abdallah Candies | Burnsville
Alexandria Industries | Alexandria
APEX and Northspan Group | Duluth
Arctic Cat | Minneapolis
Calabrio | Minneapolis
Calyxt Inc. | New Brighton
Ciceron | Minneapolis
Creganna Medical | Plymouth
Daikin Applied | Plymouth
Grede LLC (St. Cloud operation) | Southfield, Michigan
Lake Superior College | Duluth
Lifecore Biomedical LLC | Chaska
Miller Manufacturing | Glencoe
SciTechsperience Internship Program, Minnesota High Tech Association | Minneapolis
Prime Digital Academy | Bloomington
Renewal by Andersen | Cottage Grove
REXAM Beverage Can Manufacturer | St. Paul
Sportech Inc. | Elk River
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Limited | Brooklyn Park operation
Tryon Media | Duluth
Viracon | Owatonna
Wells Fargo | Minneapolis
Wilson Tool | White Bear Lake
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