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For Dave Hengel, executive ..., 29 Sept 2015 [cached]
For Dave Hengel, executive director of Greater Bemidji, an economic development organization, having four Bemidji companies on the Inc. 5000 is a validation of what he's noticed the past few years.
"I've been calling Bemidji the emerging start-up city of Minnesota, and this is just another one of those indications of that," Hengel said. "We've had some great entrepreneurs that have started wonderful companies that are springing up across the city. We've seen a lot of that in the entrepreneur meet ups here at Greater Bemidji."
According to Hengel, one of the key benefits from the recent listing is the variety.
"Historically, over the years, Bemidji hasn't had as diverse of an economy as we'd like to have. It certainly has been focused on tourism, retail and services," Hengel said.
Certainly the first is the space for people starting a company," Hengel said.
Dave ..., 6 June 2014 [cached]
Dave Hengel
Dave Hengel
Dave Hengel, Executive Director of Greater Bemidji
Dave Hengel Dave Hengel has a 26-year history of economic development work in Northern Minnesota. He is currently the executive director of Greater Bemidji Inc., where he leads north-central Minnesota's efforts to drive economic development. Recent projects completed under his leadership include construction of the Sanford Regional Events Center in Bemidji; redevelopment of the south shore area on Lake Bemidji; starting the Students First! initiative in Bemidji, which is a community commitment to provide each high school student with a success plan and a caring adult coach; initiating Bemidji Leads!, which brings diverse leaders together to build a better community; and founding the Center for Community Stewardship, which has worked with 15 regional centers in the upper Midwest to empower and support leaders to create change in their communities. Hengel previously served as the director of leadership and development with the Headwaters Regional Development Commission for 24 years. He has developed strong relationships with private sector leaders throughout northern Minnesota and has worked extensively with the Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth Reservation Tribal Councils. Hengel is a recipient of the State of Minnesota's Vision Award, the National Association of Development Organization's Innovation Award and Minnesota's "Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans" recognition.
Board of Directors | Greater Minnesota Partnership, 6 June 2014 [cached]
Dave Hengel, Executive Director of Greater Bemidji
Headwaters Regional Development Commission - Bemidji, MN - Leading the Way, 25 June 2012 [cached]
Dave Hengel
David Hengel Director of Community Stewardship Development
Dave has been with the HRDC since 1988. Dave focuses on economic development activities and is the Director of the HRDC's Center for Community Stewardship.
Dave Hengel shows off the ..., 20 Feb 2015 [cached]
Dave Hengel shows off the second floor of the Mayflower building in Bemidji, Minn., which is being remodeled for TEAM Industries. Monte Draper/Forum News Service
BEMIDJI -- After hosting a school, a church and a chocolate shop during its 114 years, the Mayflower Building is to be reborn one more time as the "front door to Bemidji."
Local economic development group Greater Bemidji bought the building in November, with funding from the city of Bemidji, the Neilson Foundation and a range of other area organizations. Next month, after $1.6 million in renovations and months of planning, Mayflower will finally be able to bear the fruit of Greater Bemidji Executive Director Dave Hengel's dreams: a place to host some of the cutting-edge tech and manufacturing companies that already call Bemidji home, and a place where entrepreneurs can nurture the seedlings of new ones.
"This is a community facility, this is not (just) Greater Bemidji's building at all," he said Wednesday. "This is a facility that this community came together for, and they ought to be proud of."
Hengel said the Greater Bemidji board of directors will meet today to decide a name for the new facility, but the board will likely continue the tradition of calling it the "Mayflower" after the Mayflower Transit Co. that once occupied it.
When it opens, Mayflower will house offices for the product design department of machine part manufacturer TEAM Industries, software/programming company EXB Solutions, Greater Bemidji and rotating departments of Bemidji State University.
In all, some 65 people will work inside the new facility, Hengel said.
In the large center atrium of the building, there will also be work stations called "The Launchpad" where individual business people can come into work, and a wall of video monitors where businesses and other groups can make presentations to visitors.
Paul Bunyan Communications will donate much of the audio/visual equipment, including in the board room on the first floor that Hengel called "the most high-tech room in Bemidji. Video monitors, lights and even the temperature can be controlled remotely via mobile phone or tablet, Hengel said. A locally made table fashioned from 1,200 pounds of glass will have room for 25.
Paul Bunyan also will offer their new GigaZone gigabit Internet service to the businesses at the Mayflower, Hengel said.
TEAM Industries has the entire second floor, and Hengel said they plan to encourage a Google-like atmosphere in their office: open space with comfortable couches and no assigned workstations.
EXB Solutions sometimes handles sensitive information --- such as when it fulfills Defense Department contracts -- so the company aims to have a low profile in their new space on the first floor. The company doesn't plan to have signs on the outside of the building, and visitors to Mayflower will have to check in with Greater Bemidji's office near the front door before they can access the building, Hengel said.
The basement of Mayflower is occupied by piles of unused florescent lights and stacks of architectural drawings. However, Hengel said a number of young entrepreneurs from companies such as Bemidji Brewing and AirCorps Aviation have been meeting together over their mutual interest in the space. It's ideal for startups since it's inexpensive, Hengel said, and Greater Bemidji is on board with the basement being used by companies trying to get their start.
"We're still trying to figure out the details of that, but we certainly would like to have that happen," he said.
The group of young entrepreneurs doesn't have a name yet but "they will soon," Hengel said.
About a third of the renovation costs to Mayflower, originally built in 1901, consisted of HVAC and electrical installations, Hengel said. However, he praised Kraus Anderson, the building's previous owner, for its work maintaining the building.
"Kraus-Anderson did a wonderful job," he said.
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