Like many state economies, Minnesota’s growth started to slow in the last half of 2022. Nevertheless, it continues to attract new investments. Graco and U.S. Steel announced big investments, and cybersecurity firm NetSPI raised more than $400 million in growth funding for global expansion. State exports rose in in the second quarter of 2022 to the highest level on record, and saw a 12% growth over the second quarter of 2021. Top exports included manufacturing, agriculture and mining goods, with top markets including Canada, China and Mexico. The state strives to maintain this momentum with assistance and programs through the Minnesota Trade Office. The Center for Digital Government also ranked the state third nationwide in workforce planning and gave it an “A” in the Digital States Survey, one of only six states to receive the grade.
Minnesota Investment Fund: Offers up to $1 million to help add new workers and retain high quality jobs, with a focus on industrial, manufacturing and technology-related industries.
Minnesota Job Creation Fund: Provides up to $1 million in financial incentives to new and expanding businesses that meet certain job creation and capital investment requirements.
Job Training Incentive Program: Offers grants of up to $200,000 to new or expanding businesses with the purpose of training workers quickly and efficiently.
Launch Minnesota: A series of grants and initiatives designed to accelerate the growth of high-technology startups and foster a statewide network of education, resources and support for innovators.
Launch Minnesota offers innovation grant awards to some of the most promising, innovative and scalable technology businesses in the state. The grants help reduce the risk for Minnesota technology startups and entrepreneurs who are solving problems and growing the state’s innovation ecosystem.
16 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the state, including:
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process
Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:
Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns. They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning. Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process. This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented. If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form. The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.
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Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations.
Limited space available.
10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS
General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.
The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.