St. Cloud: Geo-Comm

The St. Cloud based public safety communications company stretches much further than the state border

By Maura Keller

Editor's note: This article is part of the Local Focus: St. Cloud feature that appeared in the March 2013 issue.

Founded in 1995, Geo-Comm is a public safety communications company that specializes in uniting geographic information systems (GIS) with state-of-the-art communications networks. It currently serves a customer base of more than 650 public safety communications centers in 43 U.S. states, and it recently launched an international initiative.

Last year Geo-Comm received the GSDC's inaugural iAward, which recognizes innovation. The company was named the Central Minnesota Business of the Year in 2006, and its founders received the National SBA's Minnesota State Entrepreneurs of the Year Award in 2007.

So what has kept Geo-Comm in St. Cloud for nearly 20 years? Besides a business-friendly environment overall, Janet Grones, vice president of operations, gives a nod to the good quality of life, the highly educated and renewable workforce, and the relatively low cost of operations.