The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board of directors has unanimously selected Vice President Keith Lund as the new president and chief executive officer.
Lund will begin his new responsibilities July 1, succeeding Klaus Thiessen who is retiring in June after 14 years with the EDC.
Lund has been the EDC’s vice president since 2006. In addition to supporting business and expansion projects in value added agribusiness, unmanned systems and manufacturing, he has been a leader in regional efforts to address workforce challenges and enhance entrepreneurial support.
“Keith’s experience with the EDC and his strong relationships with our stakeholders will be a tremendous asset to the region as we continue to move forward on initiatives and projects impacting our growth,” said EDC Board of Directors Chairperson Tammy Peterson. “Keith is a recognized leader who will advance the EDC’s effectiveness as a catalyst for growth, building on Klaus’s legacy of partnerships and collaboration.”
Peterson said based on Lund’s experience, his strong reputation throughout the region and state, and his proven commitment to Grand Forks County and the City of Grand Forks, the board determined a national search for a successor was not warranted.
“It has been a pleasure to serve the Grand Forks Region EDC over the past 11 years. I am honored to serve as its next president and CEO,” Lund said. “The future for the region is bright, and I’m excited about the opportunity for the Grand Forks Region EDC to help shape the future of the region, to embrace growth, and to continue to diversify our economy.”
Before joining the EDC, Lund was with the City of Grand Forks Urban Development office for nine years, managing housing programs and special projects and serving as the deputy director for two years immediately prior to joining the EDC.
Lund has served as the president of the Economic Development Association of North Dakota, is chair of the North Dakota Public Finance Authority Advisory board, represents Grand Forks on the Red River Regional Council board of directors and serves on the Altru Health Foundation board.
Lund holds a bachelor of science degree in management and organization leadership from the University of Mary.