Economic Development

Penington County has a number of resources available for persons looking to start or expand a business.

Jobs, Inc.: provides technical and financial assistance, marketing, and collaboration for the retention, creation, and expansion of business and industry.
Jim Dagg, President, 218-681-2900


Chamber of Commerce: provides support to businesses by promoting a business climate that enhances economic vitality and improves the quality of life for all citizens.
Ashley Nerhus, Executive Director, 218-681-3720


City of Thief River Falls: provides business resources and incentives as well as building permitting and community development services.
Rodney Otterness, City Administrator, 218-681-2943


Northwest Regional Development Commission: provides general planning guidance and technical assistance for specific industrial projects.
Cameron Fanfulik, Executive Director, 218-745-9112


Department of Employment and Economic Development: provides funding and technical assistance to businesses and communities including community improvement grants, business loans, international marketing and state promotion.
Kari Howe, Business Development Manager, 651-259-7437