Justin Erickson

Economic Development and Labor Specialist


Justin Erickson
Economic Development and Labor Specialist

For over 15 years Justin has worked with a variety of companies to find the right state and the perfect city for expansion or relocation. His accurate assessment of labor markets and ability to structure financial incentive packages have been the key to success in dozens of perfectly suited site selections.

When assessing a labor market for a new client Justin digs well beyond available public data and individual job categories to verify the strength of labor availability and assessment, pay and benefits competitiveness, and current labor trends and industry standards within the local market environment.  These factors make his site comparison findings far richer and more meaningful. Because of Justin’s command and experience with navigating local, regional, and state incentive programs he maximizes what is available for both small and large projects. Paired with labor validation, this provides an unmatched competitive advantage in the real estate industry.

Justin has a BA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, and holds his real estate license. He has previous investment banking experience with 7, 63, 79 and 24 licenses held. A native of Albert Lea, Minnesota, Justin moved to the Twin Cities where he worked in sales management and finance for the Star Tribune before taking up sales for Honeywell in Kansas City, Missouri.

Justin and his family live in Edina, MN. Justin is an avid golfer, enjoys biking, fishing, hunting, and coaching everything that his boys are involved with from sports to chess club.

Get to know Justin

  1. If you were a car – what would you be? Why? My favorite – and dream – car is an El Camino. One can dream… It combines the practicality of a truck, but is cool enough for a guy like Santana to be driving one.
  2. What would you like to learn how to do? I love learning new things and next want to learn how to weld. I don’t know when I’d use the skill, but that’s the point – you never know when you’ll need it!
  3. Hobby? I love golf, but feel you cannot have too many hobbies. As such, I love to open water fish, ice fish, fly fish, road bike, sporting clay shooting, woodworking – and those are just a few things. Master of none, I love learning new hobbies and trying to get better at all of them.
  1. Where have you travelled? I dream of going to Scotland to play golf. It’s where it all started, and I feel golf is something to be endured, not necessarily enjoyed, so I dream of playing in awful conditions and it raining sideways and then drinking room temperature beer afterward!
  2. Dogs or Cats? We have a 4 year old rescue dog named Theo. He is a huge coward, but a great dog and the perfect dog for my 6 and 9 year old boys to grow up with.
  3. Hidden Talents? Zero. None. Not even remotely.
  4. When you were young, what did you want to be/do when you grew up? I always wanted to work in economic development with an emphasis on non metro markets, so I’m living my dream! My fallback plan was professional golfer, so I’m grateful how life has turned out.