Economic development consulting has brought us projects big and small. We have worked with small businesses with only a few employees, as well as large nationally recognized brands. No matter the size of the project, or how deep the pockets of our client, we take pride in working efficiently, deliberately, and tirelessly to deliver results.
Ms. Deckert has over fifteen years of experience working directly with businesses from an economic development, planning and marketing capacity. Her diverse public and private work history provide her with both the technical and soft skills necessary to navigate the challenging political climate surrounding business growth. With nearly a decade of experience working with HRAs, EDAs, City Councils and County Boards, Ms. Deckert was named a 2017-2018 Initiative Foundation Fellow and received the 2017-2018 SCSU Almuni Service Award for her contributions to her community and profession.
When she's not devoting time to her clients, Annie enjoys spending time with her family, visiting local craft breweries, and spoiling her family's yellow lab, Gravy.
Along with co-founding Decklan Group in 2012, Mr. Dolan has spent the majority of his adult life as a business owner and entrepreneur. His background in negotiation and communication strategy has proven instrumental in execution of nearly $100M in economic development projects over the last five years. In 2016, Mr. Dolan ran for Sherburne County Commissioner on an economic development and government transparency platform, defeating a three term incumbent. Mr. Dolan's business background, along with his experience as an elected official create a unique and diverse knowledge base when combined with Ms. Deckert's public/private economic development pedigree.
Saint Cloud State University
Recipient of this award for being an exceptional graduate who has contributed significantly and is distinguished to her profession and community.
Independent School District (ISD) #728, Elk River, MN
Appointed to this recommending School Board Body to facilitate the creation of a new District position and initiative to connect local businesses with schools, while re-shaping current curriculum.
The Initiators Fellowship Program is a big, bold strategy that provides the next generation of Central Minnesota change agents the opportunity to use their entrepreneurial spirit to address society's needs while building the business and leadership foundation of our region.
Minnesota Business Magazine
Per MN Business Magazine: We are proud to present the second annual group of Young Entrepreneurs, people 35 and under who have founded or cofounded a business. It is tempting to refer to these young people as emerging leaders, but the fact is that some of them have already become clear-cut leaders in their own right. Consider this a mere introduction, for we expect to be seeing more of them in future issues, for these are the people who are building Minnesota’s future economy.
Minnesota Business Magazine
Decklan Group was recognized and awarded an honorable mention for new start-up businesses in Minnesota most likely to succeed in 2017.
Ms. Deckert was 1 of 12 featured in the international website, entrepreneur.com, reflecting on business lessons learned in 2015.
Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce
This award is aimed at companies that have been in business for less than five years and have an innovative business model or a clear point of differentiation. This can be found in businesses that have identified a gap in the market for a new service or product or are offering an established product / service that has been adapted and improved to keep pace with the times and the needs of customers.
Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce, Elk River, MN
Awarded for demonstration of performance, achievement and commitment to excellence in business, while being recognized as a business leader in our industry. New Business of the Year recipients must have an innovative business model and must have identified a gap in the market for a new service or product to keep in pace with the times and needs of customers.
"Decklan Group has been fabulous to work with and a tremendous asset in the completion of our project. I don’t know if our project would have come to fruition if it had not been for the exhaustive effort of Annie and her staff. As Apex continues to grow we plan to utilize their services on future projects."
"Starting my first business in downtown Saint Paul was daunting enough, but picking a business with capital requirements as high as a brewery in a historic building made it even more of a challenge. I wouldn’t be here without the loan Annie helped me secure, she was a great resource in general and brought amazing energy to the table that made me feel confident in the success of my project."
“I have found working with Decklan Group to be one of the best moves I could have made to ensure we would receive the funding necessary to move our project forward (TIF). Annie’s in-depth knowledge of tax increment financing is outstanding. However, the biggest value I found in Decklan Group’s services was their ability to explain the inner workings of TIF to city staff and council members to make sure we achieved our goal.”
“Decklan Group and Keith are an unbeatable pair. Keith is growing his company to a whole new level, while maintaining the company’s core values, and Decklan Group, with the same values and purpose, have made a big impact with the company’s relocation and expansion. This project is a great example of partnerships, collaborative efforts and determination. Becker welcomes MPI and looks forward to working with Decklan Group on future opportunities.”
"We started working with Decklan Group when we were conceptualizing our new building. Not only were they able to work with the City and County to get us nearly $100,000 in tax abatement, they have also worked with the state to get us nearly $50,000 to train our employees. They also took the time to review some new marketing channels we had been neglecting and their suggestions have already yield results above our expectations. Both Annie and Tim’s knowledge of available programs, incentives and innovative marketing have helped our company grow efficiently and profitably. Their services are an exceptional value."
Decklan Group has proven themselves to be one of our company’s greatest assets. They leave no stone unturned and deliver a value that far exceeds their cost… We invested in their expertise and they have shown us a return in excess of 1000% on our money.
"We had the pleasure working with Decklan Group from the moment we decided we needed a new location for our building. Not only did they help us find a site, but they handled the land negotiation, city applications, wetland delineation and were able to identify three different incentive programs which provided us over $1.3 million in financing to help us get our project done. They’re involvement saved us many headaches, and allowed us to focus on what we do best; running our business. We highly recommend involving them from the get-go when you’re thinking about expanding or growing your business. Annie is the master of helping herd the cats. Getting government agencies to all step in one direction is an art."
"Hiring Decklan Group was a smart move; without them, there was no way this project would have moved forward. They were able to secure all the approvals we needed, in addition to obtaining tax incentives to ensure the success of our new location."