January-February 2014 Issue
New DEED Programs
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is launching two new programs to encourage businesses to expand and create jobs in the state. Read More
Burnsville’s Heart of the City Recognized with a “Great Places” Award
Burnsville’s Heart of the City redevelopment was recognized by the Sensible Land Use Coalition with its 2013 “Great Places” award. Read More
The Waters Senior Living Celebrates Groundbreaking in Oakdale
On November 6, The Waters Senior Living hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in the Tartan Crossing redevelopment site off of 11th Street and Hadley Avenue in Oakdale. Read More
APEX’s “Pinnacle” Newsletter Wins National Recognition
The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) announced that the organization’s newsletter, the APEX Pinnacle, won first place in its division at the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC), 2013 Annual Economic Development Awards. Read More
Ehlers to Host Minnesota Public Finance Seminar
The annual Minnesota Public Finance Seminar will be held February 6-7, 2014 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. Read More
Eden Prairie Aquatics Center Focuses on Community Benefits
A planned Aquatics Center addition and renovation to the Eden Prairie Community Center will enhance recreational, competitive-sports, and fitness opportunities for the southwest suburban community. Read More
Local Economic Growth at Technology Village in Prior Lake
The Technology Village Business Accelerator program provides affordable and customized leases for businesses within a 2,000 square foot area in City Hall, including five offices and four cubicles. Read More
ReScape Award Ceremony Celebrates Transformation of Sites Using Innovative Solutions to Significant Environmental Issues
Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Award was given to four projects demonstrating innovation, collaboration, and exemplary results in revitalizing formerly contaminated land. Awards were given in the categories of Economic Impact, Community Impact, Environmental Impact and Small City Impact. Read More
Burnsville’s HOC Attracts More Development
The Burnsville EDA at its November 17 meeting approved two contracts for additional development in the Heart of the City 54 acre redevelopment project. Read More
From the President
Welcome to 2014! EDAM had a very busy and extremely successful year last year, and even busier one set up for 2014! I want to extend a huge thank-you to our outgoing President, Kristin Lukes, for the best year ever for EDAM. With record numbers at both the winter conference and the summer conference, her tireless work and dedication to EDAM led our organization to the amazing year we had in 2013. This success has reestablished EDAM as the true leader in Minnesota for economic development. Please thank her next time you see her for the incredible work she did through 2013; she will be a difficult act to follow.
A special thanks also goes out to our Professional Development Committee, including our co-chairs Jim Crowl and Jared Andrews for their hard work in planning our 2013 conferences and educational programing events. A very special thanks goes out to our other chair, Scott Marquardt with the Southwest Initiative Foundation, for his endless work and dedication to EDAM with our programing and sponsorships. We really appreciate his amazing efforts, making EDAM stronger and more robust than ever!
Some of the highlights for 2013 included:
Winter Conference –“Hot Topics for a Cold Day,” in January at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka. In addition to outstanding educational sessions covering timely topics (such as economic gardening, social media strategies and tools, when the community freezes development, the economic impact of winter tourism, EDAM legislative priorities, and what’s hot in development) the conference also provided great opportunities to build valuable relationships with colleagues.
Summer Conference – Our registration record was shattered when 200 professionals joined us in June in Duluth for three days of high-caliber professional development and relationship building. Our robust educational program included excellent speakers and panelists, a new and highly successful “Idea Interchange” segment, a fun and unique luncheon session with Mayor Don Ness and the Theater of Public Policy Improv Group, and an inspirational closing keynote by the leader of one of Minnesota’s nationally-known and respected companies, George Goldfarb of Maurices. In addition to the great sessions and speakers at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, attendees enjoyed the fantastic weather outside while building valuable relationships during the Lake Superior Harbor Cruise, Grandma’s Sports Garden networking event, Canal Park shoreline dinner and social, and the incredibly fun beanbag toss tournament!
We express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to our conference sponsors and supporters: Xcel Energy, Great River Energy, Minnesota Power, LHB, Dorsey and Whitney, Coldwell Banker Commercial Griffin Companies, APEX, Greater MSP, UMD Center for Economic Development, Northland Foundation, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Blandin Foundation, SEH, Kraus Anderson, Springsted, Kennedy and Graven, DEED, Carlson McCain, Ehlers and Associates, Northspan Group, the City of Duluth, and the EDAM Young Professionals Group. Read More
EDAM is proud to welcome our Keynote Speakers:
2014 IEDC Spring Conference
Economic Diversity, Innovation, and Workforce Quality: Critical Building Blocks of a Globally Competitive Region
Radisson Blu Mall of America
Save the Date to Attend the 2014 Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course
University of Minnesota Duluth
EDAM Board of Directors