Michael Langley

CEO
Greater MSP

Langley, a former Westinghouse exec and U.S. Navy pilot, succeeded in raising $15 million from dozens of private-sector investors and partner organizations to fund the regional economic development and marketing agency for three years. In 2011, its first year, Greater MSP claimed to have closed 17 economic development transactions, with 30 more in 2012 (resulting in 4,000 jobs), but it remains unclear how many were due to others’ efforts. Langley was also closely involved in the bid to land the 2018 Super Bowl. His efforts are praised by political leaders, but Greater MSP’s success will be measured by continued private backing.