Could your company benefit from a talented STEM intern?

Internships are a great way to showcase your business to aspiring talent.  The SciTechsperience program will match you with a talented college science, technology, engineering or math student.  In addition, they will pay a 50% cash match on the intern’s wages.  Read below to learn more:

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Could your company benefit from a talented STEM intern? 

Receive a 50 percent cash match
on your intern's wages –
up to $2500 through SciTechsperience

SciTechsperience is a free, statewide, state-funded internship program that connects small for-profit Minnesota businesses with talented college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students. 

Participating companies receive a wage reimbursement of 50 percent of the intern's wages up to $2,500.

What's New?

  • Companies located anywhere in Minnesota with less than 250 employees worldwide may participate
  • Graduate students are now eligible for the program
  • More than 325 reimbursements are available now on a first-come, first hire basis
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Eligible Companies:

  • Are for-profit, registered and conducting business in Minnesota
  • Have fewer than 250 employees worldwide world wide
  • Offer an internship that offers hands-on STEM industry experience
  • Are doing business in one of the following industries:
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Agriculture and Food Science
  • Biotechnology, Life Sciences and Health IT
  • Engineering Services
  • Fuels, Energy, Energy Management
  • IT/Computer Technology
  • Mining, Materials, Manufacturing and Processing 

For more information and to apply go to 

Want to know more? Check out this short webinar or contact SciTechsperience Program Director Becky Siekmeier, Minnesota High Tech Association at or 952-230-4241.

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Posted on January 3, 2018 .

Hockey Day Minnesota Kicks Off Central Minnesota Hard Water Fun

Ice. Pucks. Sticks. Hot Chocolate. Outdoors. Action. Crowds. Entertainment.

The Twelfth Annual Hockey Day Minnesota sports a new angle to fun Jan. 19 and 20 at Lake George and Eastman Park in St. Cloud, MN.   Hockey Day Minnesota is an event run in cooperation with the Minnesota Wild and Fox Sports North that features high school, college and NHL hockey games – all played on outdoor rinks.  Emily Bertram, social media and marketing specialist at the St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says the gathering will be big — attracting about 6,000 to 7,000 people to primarily outdoor events.

Jan. 19 features a 5 p.m. game between the St. Cloud Icebreakers and Girls Storm’n Sabres, as well as a 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud State Alumni Game — a unique attraction.

 Jan. 20 at 10 a.m., St. Cloud faces off against the St. Cloud Cathedral Boys. The 1 p.m. game is St. Cloud State versus U of MN Duluth Women. Moorhead and Centennial Boys play at 4:30 p.m.

That night the Fabulous Armadillos give a free performance at 6:30 p.m. at Lake George. Meanwhile, skaters on the lake are welcome!

Get tickets and event information at  Continuously updated information about Hockey Day Minnesota in St. Cloud can be accessed on the VisitStCloud app (available at your app marketplace) throughout the weekend.

About 60 sponsors combined efforts to do everything from tow a Zamboni from Wisconsin to St. Cloud, to take tickets at the gate. The St. Cloud Downtown Council even wove the winter festival theme “Holiday on Ice” into its recent winter parade.

“There’s a lot of passion for this event,” Bertram said. “It’s fun to see everyone so positive and working together.”

Fox Sports North will broadcast the Saturday games, giving St. Cloud valuable airtime and visibility.  And, a way to share the hard water fun. Don’t miss it!

Posted on January 2, 2018 .

St. Cloud Hosts MN State VEX Robotics Tournament

St. Cloud Technical and Community College will be hosting the largest VEX Robotics Tournament in the state of Minnesota on February 2-3, 2018.

Sixty high school, forty middle school and fifty elementary school teams will vie for the title of  VEX Robotics State Champion at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The teams come from as far away as Grygla and Windom. By succeeding in local competitions across the state participating teams earned an invitation to compete at the highest level in the state tournament.

The VEX Robotics Design System offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The also learn sportsmanship, team work, design and more.

The teams will compete in 7 qualification matches in 2 days before they move on to the elimination rounds. The State Champions, along with some other judged awards, will get an invitation to compete in the World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky in April.  There is no cost to attend the tournament - it is a free source of inspiration and entertainment!

More than 100 volunteers are needed for a successful event.  Industry partners are encouraged to volunteer as judges.  Use this link to volunteer: 

Click here for more information: VEX Robotics Sponsorship.  The registration deadline is January 13. Find more information about VEX here:  VEX Robotics


Posted on January 2, 2018 .

GSDC 2017 Innovation Award Recipients Named

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News Release

 St. Cloud, Minn., October 2, 2017 – The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) announces the 2017 recipients of their Innovation Awards.  A strategic focus of the GSDC is to foster and promote innovative thinking among area businesses and organizations. The GSDC Innovation Award recognizes St. Cloud area for-profit and non-profit organizations employing innovation to solve problems and create opportunities.

Two for-profit awards will go to Mighty Axe Hops and Cybermation.  The recipients of the two non-profit awards are Talahi Community School and Jugaad.  Each awardee will receive $1,000. The organizations will be recognized at the upcoming meeting of all GSDC investors on November 30. 

Mighty Axe Hops has been selected for the for-profit emerging company award.  The award recognizes the company’s state of the art hops harvest facility and leadership in the developing hops industry in Minnesota.  The company is located in Foley, Minn.  More information can be found at

Cybermation will receive the for-profit established company award for creating custom technology systems that enable people with disabilities to communicate and control their environment.   The company is located in Waite Park, Minn.  See website at .

 Talahi Community School has been selected for one of two awards for non-profit organizations for the construction of an adaptive playground.   As the first of its kind in Minnesota the playground allows children who are adaptive to play on playground equipment.  Talahi School is in the St. Cloud Independent School District 742.  More information can be found at .

Jugaad will receive the award for a non-profit organization for its Jugaad Leadership Program.  The program prepares minority students and professionals for community engagement and leadership.  Learn more at .  Jugaad is located in St. Cloud, Minn.

The GSDC Innovation Awards are led by the GSDC Innovation Corps, the focus of which is to support new technologies, products, markets and companies in the greater St. Cloud, Minn.  region.

 About the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is a non-profit (501c3) collaboration of more than 260 regional public and private organizations in Central Minnesota.  Its mission is to lead economic development for the benefit of the greater St. Cloud region.  The GSDC is funded through business investor contributions, personal contributions, and grants.  All actions are self-governed by the organization’s investors, boards and various committees.  Learn more at



Posted on October 31, 2017 .

GSDC Hosts Private Job Fair for IT Careers

GSDC Investor companies were invited to participate in a private job fair featuring a select group of IT professionals who had been displaced as a result of restructuring at Capital One.

The October 10 event, which was held in our GSDC conference room, featured 10 GSDC investors who met with 12 people seeking local positions in information technology.  Prospective employers were provided resumes of the job seekers in advance of the meeting.  The setting provided an open, casual space in which to meet the candidates and explore opportunities.

Participating companies included:  ATS, Geo-Comm, Park Industries, PCI, DCI, Marco, Coborn’s, DeZurik, St. Cloud Technical and Community College and CentraCare Health.

For more information about this and other GSDC talent initiatives contact Gail Cruikshank, GSDC Talent Director at or 320-257-4753.

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

GSDC Governance Committee Message re: Tobacco 21 Initiative

Dear GSDC Investors,
We know through the Gallup-Heathways Well-Being 5 Assessment completed in 2015 that our region's overall well-being score was statistically much higher than in MN and compared to the nation. As such, our region enjoys an economic advantage as a result of workplace health and well-being, and it will be an even greater advantage as we continue to focus on it together across the next decade and beyond.

The purpose of this communication is to bring to your attention an important public policy initiative that seeks to further improve the health and well-being within our community. Area cities are being asked to increase the minimum age for purchase of tobacco products to 21. We urge you to get informed on this important issue and to engage in the public decision making processes being undertaken by the area city councils. Below you will find a link to  an informational publication offered by Feeling Good MN, an initiative of CentraCare Health, a GSDC founding investor and partner in the GSDC's Workplace Well-Being initiative.

Best Regards,  GSDC Governance Committee

Feeling Good Minnesota: Tobacco 21 Initiative

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

From Brian Myres, GSDC Board Chair

Dear Greater St Cloud Development Corporation Investors and Partners:

In my role as GSDC Board Chair and Transportation Corps Chair – and as community volunteer - I have had the opportunity to work with many of our county, city, school district, state and federal partners. In my experience the overwhelming majority of these officials are doing their very best to serve us well.

With all the turmoil in the world and divisiveness we see in Washington, D.C., it is great to see that the majority of our local elected officials understand the issues facing our community and the need to work together to make good things happen.

Some recent examples of this are the selection of the new interim Stearns County Sheriff, the support for the advancement of the St Cloud Regional Airport market study by Benton, Sherburne and Stearns county boards, the recent resolution by the St Cloud City Council affirming the city’s commitment to being a just and welcoming city, the support for STEM education in grades K -12 and at St Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and the collaboration we see on an ongoing basis in business expansion and attraction activities.

The next time you see one of our local mayors, county commissioners, county administrators, city council members, city administrators, town board members, school board members, school superintendents or our state or federal legislative delegation or other public servants that are impacting economic development in a positive way, thank them for their service.  They do make a difference.

Additionally, as elections approach, please encourage good people to run for office as it is essential that we continue to have good leaders in these positions.


Brian Myres, Board Chair,  Greater St Cloud Development Corporation

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

From Patti Gartland, GSDC President

October 30, 2017

Dear GSDC Investors and Partners,

We’re live! I’m delighted to report that we have launched a comprehensive marketing campaign focused on retaining local talent and attracting new talent to our region. Earlier this year we announced that the centerpiece of our marketing effort would be a new online community portal: It’s a wide-ranging source of information, videos, photos and blog posts about Greater St. Cloud’s quality of life, education, health and wellness, entertainment and more. It just went live, so take a look!

Initial response and reaction from our viewers and visitors to has been great!  

·         “Terrific Work. Terrific Site, Patti and Team. Very well done.” Dennis Host, Vice President/Marketing at Coborn’s Inc. 

·         “LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Wow. We have needed this for so long. It was super easy to get to GREAT Theatre through the site which is awesome!!!!” Dennis Whipple, Executive Artistic Director at GREAT Theatre.

·         “Congratulations GDSC, what an awesome site! This is a significant resource for us to use in recruiting talent to St Cloud and the surrounding communities! Well done!” Karla Donlin, Director of Physician Recruitment and Relations, St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health. ” Karla Donlin, Director of Physician Recruitment and Relations, St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health.

And,’s value proposition is truly unlimited. The more you use and promote its use, the greater its value will be. This is now your tool to use as you recruit talent and grow your business. We encourage you to use this logo and hyperlink/web address on your website and in your marketing materials.

Special thanks and recognition to our portal sponsors who are contributing nearly half of the cost to develop, maintain and market this powerful new community portal:

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This portal was also made possible through the support of GSDC investor cities of Becker, Cold Spring, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, Sartell and Sauk Rapids along with Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Patti Gartland,  GSDC President

Posted on October 31, 2017 .