The Great Northern
Last Friday we wrapped up Twin Cities Start Up Week in Minnesota. It was truly inspirational to see all the interest and support for the empowerment of our economic ecosystem. We decided it was important to give a nod to our entrepreneurial legacy, James J. Hill.
Entrepreneurs have been around since the start of time. Think about it, at some point someone got sick of eating raw meat and thought, “I wonder what would happen if I rubbed two sticks together,” and poof – there was fire. It probably wasn’t as simple as that but it is important to realize that these visionaries change our culture and economy. People who have a dream, a passion and the motivation to stick it out can change history. That is exactly what Mr. Hill did in the 19th century with his realization of the Great Northern Railway.
This railway was the only privately funded and successfully constructed transcontinental railroad in the history of the United States. Running from Saint Paul, Minnesota to Seattle, Washington it was the dream and passion of James J. Hill that made it happen. His savvy business sense, smart partnerships, and innovative ways of engaging the public gave him the title of Empire Builder. He used one of the first public relation campaigns to create interest and support in the railroad. Using contests to incentives he engaged the public on how the future of the railroad would not only shape their economic prosperity but changed the method of how people traveled. His vision put St. Paul, Minnesota on the map.
The Great Northern Railway is only one of the many amazing contributions that Mr. Hill gave to his community and our country. The James J. Hill Center is another perfect example of his forward thinking ability. His idea to build a location that was a meeting place of resource and learning is still celebrated today.
On November 11, 2016 we will once again be tipping our hats and toasting our legacy at our annual Great Northern Evening. Join us to celebrate the legacy of Mr. James J. Hill and to support the economic empowerment of our local entrepreneurs. Be a part of the Legacy and JOIN US on November 11th from 7pm to 10pm!