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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

Elissa Hansen invests her time creatively advancing others' capabilities. Recently, she has spearheaded the creation of the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative and, along with other members of the team, provides community development staffing services to the East Range Joint Powers Board. She leads Northspan with more than 20 years of experience in business and economic development across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A Typical Week

Elissa Hansen

Elissa Hansen

President & CEO

Elissa Hansen invests her time creatively advancing others' capabilities. Recently, she has spearheaded the creation of the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative and, along with other members of the team, provides community development staffing services to the East Range Joint Powers Board. She leads Northspan with more than 20 years of experience in business and economic development across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Bob Palmquist

Bob Palmquist

Vice President, Finance & Business Development

Bob Palmquist provides technical and financial assistance to large and small businesses, financial institutions, local units of government, and development organizations. In the past year, with the support of a USDA Rural Development Grant, Bob has been actively providing professional services in the area of succession planning facilitation and valuations to businesses in northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Palmquist spent 17 years in commercial lending prior to joining Northspan in 1991.

Karl Schuettler

Karl Schuettler

Director, Research & Marketing

Karl Schuettler manages the Northland Connection program, provides support services to local communities, and researches and analyzes economic trends. In the past year, Karl completed a study on housing costs in Duluth that helped start a conversation around potential policy changes and worked with Bob on a financial feasibility study for a new bachelor's program in engineering on the Iron Range. He holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota.

Amanda Vuicich

Amanda Vuicich

Operations Manager

Amanda Vuicich oversees administrative operations for the Northspan team, assists with grant writing, and provides logistical support for regional partnerships. She also works on Northspan powered programs such as Northland Connection, NORTHFORCE, and the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Work

Business Development

Business Development

May 7, 2019

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

May 7, 2019

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

May 7, 2019

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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