Minnkota named “Best Place to Work” for young professionals
It is the first time the cooperative has received the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals’ Grow Grand Award.
Minnkota Power Cooperative has been named the best workplace for young professionals in the Greater Grand Forks area.
The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP) organization presented Minnkota with the Grow Grand Award on March 12 during its 2020 Annual Launch event. The annual award recognizes a company that has a high percentage of young professionals in its workforce, has appealing and unique benefits, offers competitive compensation, supports employee professional development and is generally attractive to young professionals.
Dan Inman, Minnkota vice president and chief information security officer, accepted the award on behalf of the cooperative. He told the audience that Minnkota’s young professionals have taken the company’s goals and made them their own.
“They think outside of the box in terms of some of the risks that we’re seeing. You can’t read the paper today and not note something about cybersecurity or utilities,” he said. “I’m so proud to work for an organization like this, and I’m proud of the workforce that has risen in the ranks the last few years and as a part of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals.”
Approximately half of Minnkota’s Grand Forks employees are considered young professionals, a percentage that has risen dramatically over the past decade. Several have worked their way into leadership positions, taking an active role in guiding the future of the cooperative.
Nominations for the Grow Grand Award came from GGFYP members and those familiar with the organization. All employers around the Grand Forks region are eligible for the honor, but only one nomination is chosen each year.
GGFYP is a nonprofit group created by young professionals for young professionals. They represent the interests of 20-40-year-olds in the Greater Grand Forks area. GGFYP is dedicated to the growth, learning and development of young professionals and creates a platform for members to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active and contribute to the economic development and quality of life of the community.