Pennington County Department of Employment and Economic Development
Pennington County and its economic partners have four primary focus areas: business recruitment, business retention and expansion, encouraging business startups, and increasing the pool of workforce talent in the area.
Pennington County has a number of resources available for persons looking to start or expand a business.
Advance Thief River: an economic development initiative, led by Jobs, Inc., in partnership with the City of Thief River Falls and Pennington County, focusing on business recruitment, business retention and expansion, encouraging business startups, and increasing the pool of workforce talent in the area. More information at www.Advancethiefriver.com
Michelle Landsverk, Director 218-280-1755
Brian Carlson, President 218-683-4400
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.
Vanessa Ellefson, Executive Director 218-681-3720
City of Thief River Falls: provides business resources and incentives as well as building permitting and community development services.
Angela Philipp, City Administrator, 218-681-2943
Northwest Regional Development Commission: provides general planning guidance and technical assistance for specific industrial projects.
Darla Waldner, Executive Director, 218-745-9109
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.
Catalina Valencia, Business Development Manager, 651-259-7437