Engage & Elevate

Engage & Elevate

Mission

To improve the economic well-being of our clients by delivering workable, creative solutions that enhance their effectiveness.

Creative Solutions

Team

Elissa Hansen

Elissa Hansen

President & CEO
ehansen@northspan.org

Elissa Hansen invests her time creatively advancing others' capabilities. Recently, she has facilitated strategic planning processes for numerous public, private, and nonprofit organizations in the Upper Midwest. She also spearheaded the creation of the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative and has worked to expand and enhance Northspan’s programs. She leads Northspan with over 20 years of experience in business and economic development across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A Typical Week

Elissa Hansen

Elissa Hansen

President & CEO
ehansen@northspan.org

Elissa Hansen invests her time creatively advancing others' capabilities. Recently, she has facilitated strategic planning processes for numerous public, private, and nonprofit organizations in the Upper Midwest. She also spearheaded the creation of the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative and has worked to expand and enhance Northspan’s programs. She leads Northspan with over 20 years of experience in business and economic development across Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Bob Palmquist

Bob Palmquist

Vice President
bpalmquist@northspan.org

Bob Palmquist provides technical and financial assistance to large and small businesses, financial institutions, local units of government, and development organizations. He also provides professional services in the area of succession planning facilitation and valuations to businesses in northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. He spent 17 years in commercial lending prior to joining Northspan in 1991.

Karl Schuettler

Karl Schuettler

Research Director & Consultant
kschuettler@northspan.org

Karl Schuettler manages the Northland Connection program, provides support services to local communities, and researches and analyzes economic trends. In the past year, Karl’s work has included numerous economic analyses, reports on business visit programs, and staffing support for several regional partnerships. He holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota. 

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Amanda Vuicich

Associate Consultant & Operations Manager
avuicich@northspan.org

Amanda Vuicich provides technical and financial assistance for business development clients, supports strategic planning work, and oversees administrative operations for the Northspan team. Over the past year, she conducted numerous business visits, assisted with Northspan’s programs, and assisted clients who use loan fund programs administered by Northspan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth. 

Work

Business Development

Business Development

March 27, 2021

Northspan’s business development services nest within a network of public and private partners to provide critical gap services. We work with companies of all sizes through growth and transition to grow the economy in the communities we serve to: Structure and facilitate financing for projects Provide expertise in packaging loan and grant applications Partner with…

Community Development

Community Development

March 27, 2021

Northspan is a recognized leader in community development, and works to identify, develop, and fund projects that strengthen community tax bases, attract and retain businesses, and enhance the quality of life for those who live and work there. Coordinate and facilitate critical conversations Provide strategic support and gap capacity for communities and regional partnerships Devise…

Organizational Development

Organizational Development

March 27, 2021

Northspan improves the health and vitality of boards, councils, committees, groups, and collaborations through organizational development that builds capacity, improves decision-making, and enhances effectiveness. Coordinate and facilitate strategic planning processes Provide technical assistance for change, growth management, and development Provide meeting management and planning services Facilitate economic adjustment, crisis response, and readiness planning initiatives Conduct…

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