The Grand Forks Region EDC board of directors recognizes outstanding businesses and individuals making a positive impact on economic growth and prosperity in the Grand Forks region. Honorees selected at the board’s discretion and are recognized at the EDC’s annual meeting.
In 2017 the award was named in honor of Klaus Thiessen, who served as the organization’s president & CEO for 14 years.
Primary sector businesses are recognized for significant contribution to the economic health of the Grand Forks region. Factors may include jobs creation, capital investment, partnerships, relevance to the primary sector, and overall economic impact.
This honor recognizes a person who, by his or her actions, invests time and talent to improve and/or enhance the economic growth of the region.