Case Study: Kanabec County EDA, Strategic Planning


Challenge: The Kanabec County EDA, which relied on Northspan’s facilitation through its formation and initial strategic plan in 2015-2016, sought an update to its strategic plan. 

Role: Facilitated the creation of a new strategic plan across three sessions with the EDA and several identified stakeholders, which were held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Phases included a planning survey; a strategic directions consensus workshop; a session focused on current reality, success indicators, and accomplishments; and the development of a timeline to complete the strategic actions. 

Results: The Kanabec County EDA now has an operational three-year strategic plan, which includes five strategic directions that build on past efforts and address emerging challenges in the county. 

View the full strategic plan plus background information and details on the strategic planning process here: Kanebec County EDA Strategic Planning

Reference: Heidi Steinmetz, Kanabec County Economic Development Director,, 320-209-5031