Mr. Gene Goddard is a Senior Vice President and Director of Springsted’s Housing and Economic Development.  Prior to joining Springsted he was the Director of Business Investment for GREATER MSP.  He has over 28 years of economic development experience at the local, regional and state level.  Mr. Goddard has extensive experience as a public policy leader in the development of legislative initiatives supporting business development.  He has assisted local government clients on networking and partnership development, negotiation, strategic planning, business cost analysis, project leadership, lead generation, industry research, marketing, workforce and business development incentives.  He has coordinated over $3 billion in business expansion projects for small business and large corporate entities. Mr. Goddard has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Minnesota State University – Mankato and a Min-Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from the University of St. Thomas.  He is a Certified Economic Development Professional by the International Economic Development Council as well as having received his certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional.