About the Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota

By bringing together all the parts and players of the Bioeconomy, the Bioeconomy Coalition of MN will grow the industry and make MN known worldwide as THE PLACE to grow the Bioeconomy.


Facilitated by the Great Plains Institute (www.betterenergy.org), the Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota brings everyone involved in the Bioeconomy together to collaborate and grow the industry, along the entire value chain from research and development to production and use. The Coalition aims to position Minnesota as a global leader in the Bioeconomy by working together on a shared strategy.



3M is a global science company that never stops inventing. Using 46 technology platforms, their integrated team of scientists and researchers works with customers to create breakthroughs.

Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Helps develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology, partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to bring ideas to reality.


Leverages private sector resources to drive investment throughout northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

BTS Bioenergy

An important provider of biogas plants and considered a pioneer in this sector. The core expertise of the company lies in planning, producing and constructing the plants.


Discovered the impact of quorum sensing peptides on biobutanol production and first identified the peptides that increase biobutanol productivity.

Center for Energy and Environment

Promotes energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment.

Central Minnesota Renewables

A pioneer in bringing renewable acetone and n-butanol
to the chemical ingredient marketplace.

Christianson CPAs & Consultants

Works with businesses to protect their assets and grow their company.

City of Minneapolis
Conservation of Minneapolis

Works to solve the conservation problems that are most important to Minnesotans.

Denco II

Denco II, LLC is a 30 million gallon per year biofuel production facility located in Morris, MN.

Dovetail Partners

Provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives.

Energy Transition Lab

Collaborates with leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors to transition the energy system to the future.


Turns waste into clean fuels and green chemicals with better economics and greater sustainability than other technologies relying on fossil sources.

Ever-Green Energy

Develops, owns, and operates efficient energy systems that benefit its customers, employees, communities, owners, and the environment.

Fagen, Inc.

Strives to be the Construction Company most admired by their customers for their people, partnerships, performance and finished product, ultimately building a better world for tomorrow.

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Brings together the collective voices of businesses of all types throughout northern Minnesota.

Great River Energy

Provides wholesale electric service to 28 member cooperatives in Minnesota.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm, and trade systems.

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board

State of MN development agency that promotes and invests in business, community, and workforce development for the betterment of northeastern Minnesota.

LLJ Consulting & Business Development
Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Large grassroots farm organization working to identify and promote opportunities for Minnesota’s 24,000 corn farmers while building connections with the non-farming public.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Promotes business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development.

Minnesota Farmers Union

Works to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.

Minnesota Power

A division of ALLETE, it provides electricity in a 26,000-square mile electric service territory in northeastern Minnesota.

Natural Resource Research Institute

Delivers integrated solutions for Minnesota’s natural resource-based economy.


Manufactures Ingeo brand polylactic acid (PLA) and lactides, greenhouse gas-based materials used to manufacture plastics and fibers.

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Board

Supports trash reduction and recycling efforts, helping local corporations and small businesses reduce operating costs.

Renewable Chemicals and Materials Alliance (re:chem)

Brings together and leverages the nation’s top renewable chemical and materials companies to deliver timely and impactful results.

Stoel Rives

A leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor & employment, land use & construction, litigation, natural resources, real estate, renewable energy and technology law.


Provides engineering, environmental, construction, and emergency response services to deliver single-source real estate solutions for its clients.


Offers consultancy, engineering, project management, operations and construction services, project delivery and specialized power equipment services to customers worldwide.