About Us

How We Work

The Itasca Project operates as a virtual organization with no physical presence, staff or standing agenda. A volunteer working team provides ongoing guidance and oversight. Participants meet 4-5 times a year and agree on priority issues that will address regional economic vitality, quality of life, and prosperity for all. A CEO or team of CEOs takes the leadership on each issue and assembles task forces. The task forces then identify a unique role for Itasca and get to work, typically in partnership with scores of other organizations around the region. The task forces are informed by data to ensure quality decisions around how to make an impact.

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Guiding Principles

Unique contribution on a limited number of issues. Participants agree on a limited number of priority issues that will address regional economic vitality, quality of life, and prosperity for all. We identify a unique role for Itasca to play, and bring resources to bear on the selected issues.

Facts first. We invest the time and resources required to get the best shared fact base and to understand best practices prior to working on an issue. We use these facts to define issues critical to our regional economic competitiveness and to gauge the likely impact of Itasca Project involvement.

Cross sector, diverse perspectives. We work in partnership with many organizations across the region to accomplish an identified goal. Our approach is non-partisan; we connect many perspectives and
points of view to make and sustain meaningful progress and grow our civic infrastructure.

Impact driven by participants. We rely on each other to create impact. We maintain a minimal structure as the backbone of our virtual organization; Itasca participants are responsible for shaping the focus of the group, and they own the execution of the strategies that support the initiatives on which we focus.