Knutson Celebrates Grand Opening of Target Field Station
On May 17, Knutson Construction celebrated the grand opening of Target Field Station. Connecting transit with culture, the new multi-modal hub and public plaza provides an iconic gateway to Target Field Stadium, home of the Minnesota Twins. Read More
RJM Construction Hires Baumann as Superintendent
RJM Construction, a Minneapolis-based general contractor, has hired Ken Baumann as superintendent. In his new role, Baumann will oversee and coordinate construction projects, subcontractors, material deliveries, safety and quality control. Read More
EDAM/MIDA Past Presidents Hold Semi-Annual Gathering
EDAM-MIDA past presidents gathered recently at Jax Café in Northeast Minneapolis. Past presidents of the organization meet in spring and fall of each year to relax, socialize and to hear updates on EDAM and the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation. Read More
Minnesota's Newest Tool: The Job Creation Fund
Economic development was a winner in the 2013 legislation session. Not only did legislators provide more funds to such existing business finance programs as the Minnesota Investment Fund program, but they followed Gov. Dayton’s recommendation and funded new programs like the Job Creation Fund Program (JCF). Read More
Get on the Bus
Typically, Burnsville attracts about 40 new businesses per year. Location, Location, Location, is a prime reason for that success in business attraction. Read More
ReScape Awards Seeks Project Nominations
The 3rd ReScape Awards will be held at St. Paul's Union Depot on October 23. Minnesota Brownfields is currently accepting ReScape Award nominations. Read More
New State Funding for U.S. Highway 10/Armstrong Boulevard Interchange in Ramsey
Construction of the US Highway 10/ Armstrong Boulevard Interchange project in the City of Ramsey made significant progress in this year’s State Legislature with the passage of funding for its construction. Read More
Stahl Construction and the City of Victoria Celebrate Groundbreaking of New City Hall and Public Works Facilities
Stahl Construction team members joined City of Victoria officials and development partners on June 2 to celebrate the groundbreaking of new city hall and public works facilities. Read More
What’s up with Water Technology?
With more than $729 million in foreign sales in 2012, Minnesota is among the United States’ top 10 exporters of water and wastewater treatment technology. Read More
BREI Inaugurates EDAM Member as President
EDAM member Bruce Schwartau took office as the president of Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) on June 4 at the annual conference in Memphis, TN. Read More
Northern Stacks Redevelopment in Fridley
What do you do with 122 contaminated acres of underutilized industrial land? What if the parcel is a designated Superfund site with 2 million square feet of outdated buildings constructed in the early 1940s to support the war effort? Read More
From the President
WOW what an incredible 2014 EDAM/IEDC Spring Conference!! A big thanks goes out to all of the EDAM members who attended our conference. With your help, we set a new attendance record, making it one of the most successful Spring conferences ever.
Highlights included a wonderful presentation by Gov. Mark Dayton, who spoke about Minnesota’s dynamic and growing economy, including a dramatic increase in job growth and new businesses coming to Minnesota. A big thanks also goes out to our EDAM Board, our Professional Development Committee and of course Michael Langley and all of Greater MSP’s staff for the amazing work they did in making this conference a huge successful.
EDAM’s next major events include:
- July 24: Wayzata Bay Center/Downtown Redevelopment project and Boat Cruise – Come learn about the amazing redevelopment that has occurred in downtown Wayzata and given their City an amazing facelift. You won’t believe the changes! Following the formal program, enjoy a relaxing boat cruise and refreshments on the majestic Lake Minnetonka, and view the changes from the lakeside.
- August 14: EDAM Summer Networking Event – Cowboy Jack's Downtown Minneapolis.
- September 18: One-day EDAM conference! EDAM Fall Economic Development Forum – This will truly be one of the highlights of the year for our EDAM members. This very affordable one day conference is jam-packed with wonderful educational programing and networking opportunities. Keynote speakers include St. Cloud Mayor David Kleis and Chris Coborn, CEO and President at Coborn’s Inc. Come learn how Chris was able to grow his corporation into one of the largest and most successful companies in Minnesota.
We will again hold our 2015 Winter Conference at the Marriott NW in Brooklyn Park on January 22-23, and we will be back to Duluth in June for our 2015 EDAM Summer conference. Duluth has been well received by our EDAM members and a wonderful setting for our summer conference.
Lastly, this is an exciting time for EDAM. Striving to never be satisfied with where we are today, EDAM’s Board of Directors recently held a Strategic Planning Session for our Board Members and Committee Chairpersons to look at where EDAM sits today, develop new goals and strategies for our organization, and to see how EDAM’s members can continue to help move Minnesota’s economy forward. From this session, we have developed numerous strategic ideas for EDAM that will continue to improve our Association, making it Minnesota’s “Go To” organization for Economic Development. I am proud to say that EDAM is bigger, better and stronger than ever, and am confident that these new ideas will help EDAM continue to grow and prosper.
I hope to see everyone on July 24 in downtown Wayzata to learn about the innovative projects that EDAM members worked on, and cap off the day with a wonderful Boat Cruise on Lake Minnetonka. As always, please consider getting more involved in EDAM by joining a Committee, including the ever-popular Marketing and Communications Committee. Please email or call me if you want to learn how you can become more involved in EDAM.
In Memoriam: Long-Time Economic Development Professional, Colleague and Friend Douglas John Uhrhammer
Douglas John Uhrhammer, age 63, of Big Lake passed away at his residence on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Survived by his wife, Marcia Goossen; children, Nathan (Julie) Uhrhammer, April (Keith) Scheidt, Will Uhrhammer (fiancee Cyerra Hanson); 3 grandchildren; sister, Bonnie (David) McLellan; brother, Dan Uhrhammer; nieces and nephews. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. After the Army, he attended Mankato State University and received a B.S. Degree in Economics in 1974, and a M.A. Degree in Urban Studies in 1981. Doug worked in the Economic Development industry most of his life.
Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment Project Event
Come enjoy a wonderful walking tour of the Wayzata Bay Center redevelopment project in Historic Downtown Wayzata, followed by a relaxing presentation and boat cruise on majestic Lake Minnetonka.
EDAM Summer Networking Event
Cowboy Jack's – Downtown Minneapolis
Join EDAM as we celebrate our industry professionals with a night of fun, networking and door prizes.
Save the Date: EDAM Fall Forum
September 18, 2014
River's Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN
Now accepting sponsors for the 2014 EDAM Fall Forum
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2015 EDAM Winter Conference
January 22-23, 2015
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Brooklyn Park, MN
2015 EDAM Summer Conference
June 3-5, 2015
2014 Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course
University of Minnesota Duluth
July 21-25, 2014
Join us in Duluth, Minnesota, during the peak summer tourism season for a truly unique economic development educational program.
The Upper Midwest BEDC is an accredited course through the International Economic Development Council. For more information about this course and to register, visit: http://www.umdced.com/bedc/
University of Minnesota Extension Congratulates
2014 Business Retention and Expansion Attendees
The University of Minnesota Extension held its 2014 Business Retention and Expansion In Your Community course from January to March. The following Minnesotans earned their certificate of completion for finishing the course. Read More
Angel Loan Fund Program
The State Small Business Credit Initiative funded Angel Loan Fund Program (ALF) has proven to be a fantastic complement to the state’s highly successful Angel Tax Credit Program. Read More
Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Program: Closed… Again!
The 2014 Angel Tax Credit Program blew through its initial $12 million in credits in a record breaking short time this year and closed on March 3rd. Read More
Brownfield Redevelopment Workshops
Coming to Moorhead and Worthington
The Cities of Moorhead and Worthington, along with several others, are offering three free brownfields workshops this summer and fall. Read More
EDAM Board of Directors
- Tim Korby
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
- Heidi Peper
First Vice President
Short Elliott Hendrickson
Christie Rock Hantge
Second Vice President
City of Norwood Young America