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.

Brightmark Energy

Brightmark Energy’s mission is to create significant value and a positive global impact by delivering waste and energy solutions by working with bio businesses as we design, own, and operate our projects in local communities.

Bioenergy Development Co.

A global leader in financing, developing, constructing, and operating world-class anaerobic digesters that generate RNG, reduce GHG emissions, foster economic development and much more.


Cargill works alongside farmers, producers, manufacturers, retailers, governments, and other organizations to fulfill their mission to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.

Central Minnesota Renewables

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

City of Benson

A local City government and municipal electric utility that has supported the bio-energy industry for nearly 20 years.

Christianson CPAs & Consultants

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

Conservation Minnesota

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

Dovetail Partners

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


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

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.

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.

Itasca Economic Development Corporation

Itasca County’s premier, private sector resource for assisting business growth, marshaling resources to help develop businesses, and spurring economic growth.

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.