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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic and workforce development agency. Our mission is to empower the growth of the Minnesota economy, for everyone.

DEED’s economic development programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; community development, and more.

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Economic Development Leadership

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Steve Grove
Commissioner
Photograph of  Kevin  McKinnon
Kevin McKinnon
Deputy Commissioner, Economic Development and Research
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Angie Dickison
Executive Director, Broadband Development
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Gabrielle Gerbaud
Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office
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Anisa Hajimumin
Assistant Commissioner, Immigrant & Refugee Affairs
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Neela Mollgaard
Executive Director, Launch Minnesota
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Jeff Nelson
Interim Executive Director of Business Finance
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Meredith Udoibok
Executive Director, Community Finance
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Catalina Valencia
Executive Director, Business Development
Photograph of  Hamse  Warfe
Hamse Warfe
Deputy Commissioner, Workforce Development
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Neal Young
Director, Economic Analysis
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Vacant Vacant
Deputy Commissioner, Workforce Services

Business Development Office

Information is great, but sometimes it’s easier to pick up the phone and have your questions answered by one of our experts. Give us a call today. Contact our Business Development Office at 651-259-7432 or email JoinUsMN@state.mn.us.

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Catalina Valencia
Executive Director, Business Development
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Chet Bodin
Northwest Region
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Bradley Brzezinski
Northeast Region
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Colleen Eddy
Twin Cities Metro Region
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David Heyer
West Central Region
Photograph of  Lisa  Hughes
Lisa Hughes
Southwest Region
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John Shoffner
Twin Cities Metro Region
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Natalie Siderius
Southeast Region

Minnesota Trade Office

The Minnesota Trade Office provides export assistance to Minnesota's manufacturer's and service providers. Programs and services focus primarily on assisting small and medium-sized companies.

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Gabrielle Gerbaud
Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office
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Elise Buchen
International Business Development Manager
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Rachel Limon
Regional Trade Manager, Latin America & Caribbean
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Barbara Mattson
Regional Trade Manager, Canada & Mexico (NAFTA)
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Nikolay Megits
Regional Trade Manager, Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia
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Abdiwahab Mohamed
Regional Trade Manager, Africa, Middle East & India
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Laurence Reszetar
Director, International Business Strategy
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Steve Riedel
Regional Trade Manager, Western Europe/Energy & Environment Industries

For a full picture of the agency’s Senior Leadership Team across both workforce and economic development programs & operations, see our DEED Website.

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