The Minnesota Innovation Initiative (MI2) is a “private led/private driven” organization whose purpose is to serve business and industry needs, while reaching into and leveraging existing resources for support. MI2 operates as a subdivision of Greater Bemidji. As the MI2's management and operating contractor, The Idea Circle's role spans across four areas: strategy, leadership, stewardship, and engagement.
Strategy: Setting and realizing a compelling vision for impact
Leadership: Inspiring the talent of the MI2 lab and collaborating to achieve its goals
Stewardship: Assuming responsibility for the MI2's mission and performance
Engagement: Engaging positively in the communities in which MI2 works
The goal of MI2 is to strengthen the workforce pipeline to recruit, train, and retain skilled workers
with emphasis on manufacturing. Click here to see some of our course offerings.
Learn about MI2 on Lakeland TV Feature Currents!
The Minnesota Innovation Initiative was featured on an episode of Lakelake TV Currents recently. The Idea Circle President Mary Eaton was a guest along with Pete Aube, retired manager of the Potlatch Lumber Mill in Bemidji. On the episode Mary and Pete discuss the mission and purpose of MI2 as well as discuss how MI2 is addressing the skills gap that has emerged in the manufacturing sector.