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Regional expertise at work

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Fostering entrepreneurship

"Hennepin County has been a strong partner in supporting entrepreneurs in the region. With their leadership in supporting the CEO Next Business Institute, Businesses across the metro have been able to scale and build strong networks of local innovators. The region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is now even stronger as a result.” – Kathi Schaff, Director, Grow Minnesota Partnership!, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Strategic partnership gives us an edge here

At Hennepin County, we pride ourselves on our ability to bring people together to build a more prosperous future for all our 1.2 million residents. Our valued partners in the private and public sectors trust us to be strong and nimble in our collaborative work to:

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Enhance biking and walking amenities

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Develop and preserve affordable housing

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Support small business growth

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Build a safe and efficient multi-modal transportation network

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Clean up contaminated land for development

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Plan for sustainable and effective land use

Working in concert to broaden our impact

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Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership

Visit Greater MSP
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Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers

Visit MCCD
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Metropolitan Council

Visit Met Council
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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development


Hennepin County cities

You'll find every rhythm of life in Hennepin County, from big city buzz to rural expanse. Each of our 45 cities is rich in character, culture and amenities, and all are balanced with the beauty of Minnesota's natural lands and waters.

Our team

For general questions about economic development in Hennepin County, please contact

Patricia Fitzgerald
Director, Community and Economic Development

Simran Aryal
Contract management

Denise Engen
Active Living

Laura Fredrick
Elevate Hennepin Nonprofits / Elevate Hennepin Construction

Andrew Gillett
Bottineau / Southwest Community Works

Nate Hood
Hennepin Planning Grants
Penn Avenue Community Works

Ryan Kelley
Transit Oriented Development
Affordable Commercial Incentive Fund
Business District Initiative

Robb Luckow
Program analysis

Lily Shaw
Elevate Hennepin

Kerri Pearce Ruch
Bottineau / Southwest Community Works

Brandon Bell
CEO Start / Elevate Hennepin Talent

Zack Avre
CEO Now / Tech Essentials
TOD Predevelopment

Nikil Manayathara
Elevate Hennepin Support

Ixchel McKinnie
CEO Next / Elevate Hennepin Business Navigation

Nick Upton
Communications Specialist