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Former state DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips returns to previous post

Mark Phillips, who resigned as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, has returned to Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson Construction Company as director of business development, according to a company news release. This is the same job he had from 2007 to 2011. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Phillips was returning to the public sector earlier this month.
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Mark Phillips, who resigned as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, has returned to Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson Construction Company as director of business development, according to a company news release. This is the same job he had from 2007 to 2011.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Phillips was returning to the public sector earlier this month. Dayton appointed Katie Clark to lead the state's economic and workforce development agency. She was the executive director of Minnesota's Trade Office.

Read the company news release below:

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (October 29, 2012) – Mark Phillips, former commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), has returned to the private sector and to Kraus-Anderson Construction Company as director of business development.

Phillips was previously Kraus-Anderson’s director of business development from 2007-2011 before answering the call in January of 2011 to serve Governor Mark Dayton as state DEED commissioner. He has a long and distinguished career in public affairs, governmental affairs, and economic and community development in the state, particularly in northern Minnesota. Phillips served as director of community and economic development at the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) under Governor Rudy Perpich; director of corporate relations for Minnesota Power; and vice president for Northeast Ventures/Iron Range Ventures.

“Mark is highly regarded for his strong record of economic development service throughout the state,” said Al Gerhardt, Kraus-Anderson’s COO. “His varied experience in the public sector will serve Kraus-Anderson and our clients well as we continue to pursue and build our public-private collaborations. We’re proud of Mark’s accomplishments and are delighted to have him back with us as our own economic horizons expand.”

A resident of Virginia, Minn. for 30 years, Phillips worked in Duluth for 17 of those years and has a long history of involvement with the University of Minnesota – Duluth (UMD) since earning a degree in business administration in 1973. He was a member of the UMD Corporate Partners group and was the founding chair of the UMD Center for Economic Development Advisory Board. Phillips served on the University of Minnesota Alumni Association National Board, representing the northeastern part of the state. In addition, he has been a member of the Dean's Business Advisory Council at Labovitz School of Business and Economics since it was formed in 1998.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to serve the public as commissioner, and when I began contemplating my return to the private sector, I naturally reached out to Kraus-Anderson,” said Phillips. “The company and I have a very strong chemistry, and KA’s activities have always set the bar for responsible economic development in our state. I’m thrilled to be back and able to put my experiences in government to good use in the private sector.”

Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. The company has been ranked consistently among the top Green Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News Record and has been leading the charge in sustainable design and construction for the last 20 years. Kraus-Anderson, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Phoenix, Ariz., Madison, Wis., Minot, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.

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