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.


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.

Amp Americas

A pioneer in renewable transportation fuel since 2011, Amp Americas has unmatched expertise in renewable dairy projects, as well as CNG station and fleet management.


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


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.

Christianson CPAs & Consultants

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

City of Benson

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

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota provides the business voice for energy efficiency and clean energy in Minnesota.

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.

Ever-Green Energy

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


Gevo is on a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives, and is commercializing the next generation of advanced, bio-based renewable fuels with the potential to achieve zero-carbon emissions.

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 distribution cooperatives across the state of Minnesota.

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board

Our mission is to invest resources to foster vibrant growth and economic prosperity in northeastern Minnesota that enhance livable communities, maximize collaborations and partnerships, and strengthen businesses and worker education.

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.

Minnesota Biofuels Association

Minnesota Biofuels is dedicated to supporting and representing Minnesota’s renewable fuel industry for a greener and energy independent America.

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 Forestry Association

To inform, educate, and advocate for woodland owners, and others, on issues related to good woodland stewardship.

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.


POET is jumpstarting the global transformation to a greener economy with carbon-cutting biofuels and innovative alternatives to petroleum.


Quorsen technology increases fermentation productivity of the commodity chemical n-butanol by exploiting natural bacterial communication pathways that produce the chemical from starch and cellulosic feedstocks.

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy

Through Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy, Ramsey and Washington counties help their communities reduce waste and recover value from trash.