CONTACT US:
Phone: 218-547-7262
Email: cass.edc@co.cass.mn.us

 

Board of Directors & Staff

 

Board Officers

Bill Palmer - President
Essentia Health
Bill.Palmer@essentiahealth.org 

“I believe that economic development – and the EDC – can greatly benefit the communities in Cass County.”
Laura J. Hansen - President Elect
Breen & Person, Ltd.
laura@breenandperson.com

"By serving on the CCEDC Board of Directors, I hope to help promote and grow the economic strength and assets of our communities in Cass County.  Cass County Economic Development Corporation is an integral part of that."

Jay Cline - Treasurer
First National Bank - Backus
jay.cline@fnbnorth.com

"I believe in the growth and development of Cass County."

Darrel Thomas - Secretary
Anderson Brothers Construction
darrel@andersonbrothers.com

"Cass County is a great place to live and work; I desire to help people build quality companies for today and the future."
 

Board Members

Charles Black Lance
Director
Director of TRIO Programs, Central Lakes College
CBlacklance@clcmn.edu

"I love Central Minnesota and am committed to capacity building within our region of the State.  Over the past 10 years I have developed a heart and interest for economic development, especially within our region.  Economic growth in Cass County, as well as surrounding counties, is vital to the continued health of our communities.  It is also a value of mine to simply contribute to the community of Central Minnesota, and becoming a Board Member for CCEDC is an important step towards that goal."
Vicki Dufner
Director
Human Resource Manager, Mann Lake, Ltd.
vickid@mannlakeltd.com

"
As a member of the Cass County Economic Development Board of Directors, I intend to serve the community by promoting employment opportunities and business growth to benefit current and future young adults.  Allowing the opportunity for young adults to stay in this area after high school graduation and providing opportunities to return and use their skills in Cass County after completing college education, is an integral piece of Cass County's future successes."
Dave Endicott
Director
Superintendent, Pine River-Backus School District
dendicott61@gmail.com

"I believe any time we can enhance the school-business connection it is good for our communities.  It is my hope to bring another viewpoint to the table and enhance the good work already being done."
Roger D. Hoplin
Director
Bites Grill & Bar
info@bitesgrill.com

"I am excited to work with the Cass County EDC to promote business expansion and create a draw for job seekers who will find our area one of the best in the state!"
Jason Pederson
Director
Fuller Wallner, Attorneys at Law
jay.pederson@ lawofficemn.com

"I have a strong interest in commerce and continued economic growth
of our area."
Nathan Sauvageau
Director
Outdoors Sports Systems
outdoorsportssystems@gmail.com

"Being able to help with the growth of Cass County economic development is something I have passion for and take great pride in.  Our communities here in this region are special and unique, and being able to contribute has been a great experience for me.  I would like to further my involvement in the business community of Cass County and create good paying jobs for its residents."

Staff

  Mike Paulus
Executive Director
mike.paulus@co.cass.mn.us
Phone: 218-547-7262 Walker
              218-831-9147 Cell

Mike Paulus is the Executive Director for the Cass County Economic Development Corporation. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University. He has been working in Business Development since 2008.

  Marina Lovell
Program Coordinator and SBDC Consultant
marina.lovell@co.cass.mn.us
Phone: 218-547-7262 Walker

Marina handles grant reporting, financial management and assists with special projects. She is a business owner and SBDC consultant with a specialty in marketing and retail display effectiveness.
 
 
 
 




 
“I am convinced that any economic improvement made by the Cass County EDC is good for Cass County, good for my town, and thus, good for the future of my business.”
 
Chris Hanneken,
Hanneken Insurance, Pine River
 
 
 
 
Ex-officio Members of the Board from Cass County include:
  • Bob Kangas
  • Scott Bruns
 
 

 

The Shante
Owner Anna Hunstad worked with the EDC ....“very helpful, prompt and efficient with any questions we had regarding the business plan."
 
 
 
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Cass County
Economic Development Corporation

303 Minnesota Avenue West
P.O. Box 1606
Walker, MN  56484
218-547-7262
cass.edc@co.cass.mn.us
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