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Klaus Thiessen Chosen as Economic Developer of the Year
Post Date: Nov 21 2014

By ND Commerce
Klaus Thiessen, President and CEO, Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in Grand Forks, has been chosen as the 2014 Governor’s Choice for Economic Developer of the Year. The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the Economic Development Association of North Dakota’s fall meeting in Grand Forks.
“Klaus focuses on the fundamentals of economic development and consistently and collaboratively drives projects and initiatives,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “Since he joined the EDC he has been setting the stage for opportunities the region is realizing today. Under his leadership, the region has maintained a focus on new wealth creation that results from primary sector growth.”
Since 2004, the EDC’s clients have created more than 1,700 new jobs and the average salary of these clients has increased from $31,000 to more than $51,000. These gains have been realized through the attraction and growth of companies such as Amazon.com, Avianix, Cirrus Design Corporation, JR Simplot Company, LM Wind Power, Northrup Grumman Corporation, NovaDigm Therapeutics, Philadelphia Macaroni Company, Steffes Corporation and Technology Applications Group
Prior to joining the Grand Forks Region EDC, Thiessen was the President and CEO of the Winnipeg Economic Development Corporation for 10 years. With over 20 years of economic development experience, Thiessen has also held positions with Touche Ross Management Consultants, Xerox, and Canon. He holds a master of public affairs degree from the University of Manitoba and B.A. from the University of Winnipeg. Thiessen's professional affiliations include: Director of International Economic Development Council in Washington D.C. and past president of the Economic Developers Association of Canada.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.
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