Following meetings of members of the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development and forward-thinking publishing executives, Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association (MMPA) was formed in January 1995.
One of the publishers in the forefront was Steve Hedlund who said, “Several of us had been meeting informally for a few years, and we agreed that all publishers in the state could benefit from an organized group.”
Throughout the last two decades, MMPA has produced some of the best educational events available, which grew into the annual Summit & Expo. Other initiatives have been added, including the annual Excellence Awards program.
Over the years, MMPA has provided additional resources and tools for members. These include a new website, enhanced database management, a newly revamped bi-weekly e-newsletter and the formation of committees to manage events, communications, membership, sponsorship and networking.
One priority has been to improve support for freelance individuals, vendor members and sponsors. A new generation of MMPA members and volunteers continues to bring ideas and features to the organization.
The MMPA enlists the help of IntrinXec Management, Inc, a company that brings years of experience to the management of the association and our events.
The publishing community in Minnesota continues to grow. Partly due to the dedicated individuals who continue to support our organization. Some of today’s board and members are noted in historical documents from the 1995 MMPA development documentation.