Inaugural Mark Phillips Economic Development Scholarship Golf Outing

Wednesday, June 19
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Territory Golf Club
480 55th Avenue SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304

This is not an official EDAM event and is organized by several current and past Minnesota economic development individuals who want to recognize the many contributions and impact Mark Phillips had on the entire state of Minnesota.  Please join individuals from across the state for some time outdoors to share and listen to the many stories of Mark, while raising funds to continue to support the economic development professionals in Minnesota.  All proceeds will go to the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation scholarship fund.


9:00 am Registration, practice range & putting green open
10:30 am Shotgun start
4:00 pm Golf concludes
4:30 pm Reception & prizes


Golf Foursome * $600
Includes the following for 4 golfers: golf, cart, driving range, box lunch, 2 drink tickets, 1 mulligan, 1 raffle ticket for door prizes at the conclusion of the round

Single Golfer * $150
Includes golf, cart, driving range, box lunch, 2 drink tickets, 1 mulligan, 1 raffle ticket for door prizes at the conclusion of the round

Sponsorship + Golf Package * $1,000

  • Includes golfer foursome + cart, driving range, box lunch, 2 drink tickets per golfer
  • 4 Bill Kemp Foot Wedges
  • 4 Joel Akason Mulligans
  • 4 Mark Lofthus Putt Redo's
  • 3 feet of Randy Lasky Give-Me String
  • 10 raffle tickets
  • Recognition as event sponsor
  • Bill Kemp Foot Wedges: $5
  • Joel Akason Mulligans: $5
  • Mark Lofthus Putt Redo's: $5
  • Randy Lasky Give-Me String: $15

Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips was a visionary leader, a savvy dealmaker, and a “true Iron Ranger” who worked tirelessly to balance financial benefit with positive community impact and whose professional legacy lives in the numerous improvements in the communities he served in Northeastern Minnesota and across the State.

A recipient of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota’s Career Achievement Award, Mark had forty years of leadership experience in economic and community development.

Over his career he served as the Director of Corporate Relations at Minnesota Power (Allete) and Director of Business Development at Kraus-Anderson Construction, along with several other positions in both businesses and on corporate and non-profit boards. However, he made his biggest mark in the public sector, working as Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development and later as IRRR Commissioner.

While every IRRR commissioner puts their stamp on the state agency, Mark, whose eight years at the agency’s helm was tied for the longest tenure of any commissioner in the IRRR’s 80-year history, left a bigger impact than most. In an interview with the Timberjay newspaper, Mark talked about what he called the “four-prong mantra” that became his guiding philosophy at the IRRR. While the agency has long focused on job creation, he pushed the agency to focus on quality over quantity. Mark also worked to turn the agency away from what he often described as “chasing smokestacks,” toward a greater emphasis on building communities on the Range that offered a high quality of life.

Former state Rep. Rob Ecklund, who served for years on the IRRR board, credited Phillip’s “outstanding people skills” for much of his success. “You couldn’t have found a more even-keeled guy, or somebody who definitely cared for the people around him and the job he did,” said Ecklund. “Once you talked to Mark, you walked away knowing you had a friend.”

Mark passed away on August 23, 2023.


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Great River Energy

Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation


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