top of page

R5DC Announces 2023 Annual Award Winners and Annual Report

From Left to Right: Amanda Whittemore and Chris Fastner, True North Strategy; Cynthia Johnson, Jessie Bavelli, Kiley Breda, Arlene Jones, and Taran Skwira, Sprout MN; and Anna Montgomery, Cassie Carey, and Vanessa Crawford, CC Cares Co.

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) announced their 2023 Annual Award Winners and honors awardees at an event held at Dennis Drummond Winery in Brainerd, MN on Thursday, December 7th, 2023.

R5DC selected True North Strategy as the recipient of the 2023 Exceptional Service Provider of the Year for its inclusive research on creating business accelerator spaces.  


CC Cares Co. and Sprout MN were selected as 2023 Outstanding Business Partner of the Year. CC Cares Co. launched its daycare facility just outside of Pequot Lakes and provides an essential need for improved labor force participation.  Sprout MN has gone above and beyond year after year to advance food availability, affordability, and access from local growers who seek market expansion and improved economic prosperity.


R5DC recognizes the amazing work of all these organizations and strongly applauds them for their positive community impact.

R5DC also released its Annual Report, highlighting regional impacts from fiscal year 2023. To review the report: visit


bottom of page