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Powering Possible.


An economy thrives when it has a skilled workforce
and locally owned businesses that provide quality jobs.

The Initiative Foundation’s combination of targeted business financing and consulting services helps to leverage private investment and create living-wage employment in the region.

From 2012-2016, the Initiative Foundation's goals are to ...

  • Create or retain 1,500 quality jobs that pay at least $35,000 per year.
  • Provide business development assistance to 100 borrowers.
  • Achieve $59 million from private sources and Initiative Foundation lending and investment activities.

 The Initiative Foundation accomplishes results through the following activities and programs:

From Minnesota Compass ...

July 27th
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education.
May 23rd
Founded in 1991, Living Cities is an innovative collaborative of 22 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions. It works to to develop and scale new approaches for creating opportunities for low-income people and improving the cities w…
May 10th
Discusses how the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region can benefit by building a more diverse workforce and presents a dashboard of Minneapolis-Saint Paul workforce indicators.

Employement and Economic Development News ...

September 15th
The $200 million project is expected to create 1,000 new jobs in Thief River Falls.
September 14th
The jobless rate climbed 0.1 percent last month, and the state lost 6,600 jobs. Over the past year, however, Minnesota has gained nearly 50,000 jobs, an increase of 1.7 percent.
September 11th
Commissioners from nine state agencies will participate in the three-day bus tour.


Lynn Bushinger

Lynn Bushinger
CFO, COO & Treasurer

(320) 631-2006

Dan Bullert

Daniel Bullert
Business Finance Manager
(320) 631-2013