Kevin McKinnon was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) in November, 2014. McKinnon, who has 15 years of economic development experience, joined DEED’s Business and Community Development division as director of business development in 2006 and was named executive director of the division in 2012.
As Deputy Commissioner, he oversees DEED’s Business Development, Business Finance, and Community Finance departments, as well as the Minnesota Trade Office and the Office of Broadband Development. Altogether, these departments are responsible for more than two dozen programs at the agency, leading our state’s work of attracting, retaining, and expanding businesses and creating jobs; cultivating entrepreneurs; stabilizing and stimulating the economy through benefit payments; and helping communities thrive.
In addition to his positions at DEED, McKinnon served as the president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp., representing two counties in two different states. He was also the executive vice president of economic development for the River Heights Chamber of Commerce, representing two cities in the Twin Cities area, and was a senior economic development analyst for the city of Colorado Springs, Colo.
McKinnon has served on various committees and boards, including the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and the International Economic Development Council, and is a member of economic development and corporate real estate associations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and lives with his family in Eagan, where he is a volunteer coach for numerous sports teams.