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Dave Hengel Executive Director Greater Bemidji

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Dave HengelExecutive DirectorGreater Bemidji

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A Snapshot of Bemidji• The largest community and regional center of north

central Minnesota

• In the city roughly 15,000 residents…but balloons 105,000 people in the greater area (45 mile radius)

• Growing rapidly

• Deal with misconceptions about who and what Bemidji truly is

• Trendy

• Entrepreneurial

• Progressive

• Brand is “True North”- Sets us apart

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“The future just ain’t what it used to be…” Yogi Berra

• The “how-tos” of becoming a successful community are radically different than just a few years ago.

• Why? Global trends effect us too…• Technology has created incredible opportunities, and challenges• Now, most people and businesses can locate virtually anywhere• GEOGRAPHY matters less, but PLACE matters more

• Great communities today are built, not born• Key quality of life characteristics are now developed, not inherited

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Which begs the question—

Why Bemidji?

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Why Bemidji?

Because we happen to have the largest

gigabit region in the upper Midwest