An employer-led civic alliance focused on building a thriving economy and expanding prosperity.

Welcome to the Itasca Project

The Itasca Project members are drawn together by an interest in new and better ways to address regional issues that impact economic competitiveness and quality of life in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Its 70-plus participants are leaders from across the business, philanthropic and public sectors, with leadership coming from the private-sector CEOs. The group also includes a number of public and nonprofit leaders, including the office of governor of Minnesota, the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the chair of the Metropolitan Council, the leaders of the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State, and leaders of major nonprofits and foundations.



Vibrant communities require cross-sector collaboration to create new opportunities and solve persistent problems.



The Itasca Project seeks to raise regional economic competiveness, improve quality of life and expand prosperity for all.



We are employer-led and fact-driven leaders who identify near-term actions our participants can take to address long-term challenges. Timely CEO engagement and impact is critical to our effectiveness. Our core functions include:

Convening: Bringing influential people together across sectors to create consensus on key challenges and solution paths

Thought leadership: Identifying and framing the most important long-term challenges along with bold ideas to address them

Catalytic action: Building early-stage partnerships to scope and operationalize the best ideas