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From the President

Dear EDAM Members,

With the close of 2007, I wish you a happy holiday season and the best of luck with your endeavors in the New Year. Cathy Bennett will be writing this column as EDAM 2008 president, starting with the next issue of the Developer. EDAM is fortunate to garner a president as talented as Cathy. read more

Thanks to new and renewing EDAM member organizations since the last newsletter! Click here for a list.

Quick Links

Grubb&Ellis has provided its Third Quarter Market Research Reports for EDAM members. Click here to view their national office, industrial, retail and trends reports.  

The Minnesota Department of Finance November 2007 Summary shows a budget deficit of $373 million in 2008.  The news does not look good for 2010-2011. For a pdf of the November forecast, click here.

News from EDAM

EDAM 2008 Winter Conference

fuel gaugeThursday, Jan. 17 and Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 • Minneapolis Airport Marriott, 2020 East American Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55425

Register online here!

Join us in January!

On behalf of the EDAM Board of Directors and the Education Committee, I invite you to attend the 2008 EDAM Winter Conference on January 17 and 18 at the Airport Marriott in Bloomington.

The 2008 Winter Conference has something for everyone! Given the increased attention to global warming and record-setting energy costs, this year’s conference topic will focus on alternative energy. Sessions will include presentations on LEED design, emerging energy technology, energy as an economic development strategy, and financing alternative energy deals.

Read more of this letter from EDAM President Marc Nevinski, and get more conference information by clicking here.

The following link is a summary of state and local incentive-based programs for the development of green buildings, with a focus on the LEED Rating System.

MNNAHRO Day at the Capitol

Information about the MNNAHRO Day at the Capitol event is now available on the EDAM Web site at www.edam.org. EDAM is a co-sponsor of this event and a representative of our Legislative Committee will be giving a presentation on EDAM’s 2008 legislative policy positions during the event. Please note that to register you must download the registration piece and mail or fax your registration to MNNAHRO. You cannot register online via EDAM.

EDAM’s legislative policy positions will also be presented at the EDAM Winter Conference January 17 and 18. We will be conducting a training session “How to Lobby” at the Winter Conference featuring Louis Jambois of Metro Cities, Carol Lovro of the Association of MN Counties and EDAM’s Legislative Co-Chair Miles Seppelt of the city of Hutchinson. The policy positions will be discussed during this session. All conference attendees will receive them in their packets.

Legislative Breakfast & Briefing
Brought to you by Minnesota NAHRO and co-sponsors: League of Minnesota Cities, Metro Cities, EDAM and Minnesota Housing Partnership

8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Best Western Kelly Inn
161 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul, MN 55103

Member newsSt. Cloud is Finalist for Most Liveable Community, Economic Development Hot Spot: The city of St. Cloud has been named a finalist in The International Awards for Livable Communities (The LivCom Awards), a competition designed to recognize outstanding communities around the world. read more

Xcel Climbing the National Ladder in Wind Production: By Paul Walsh • From the Star TribuneMinneapolis-based Xcel Energy announced today that it is poised to reach 1,000 megawatts of wind power capacity in Minnesota. read more

Members Changing Positions:

mounds view• Heidi Steinmetz, the former assistant director of Economic Development in Elk River, is the new economic development specialist for the city of Mounds View.
North Branch• Tom Willett is the new economic director for the city of North Branch. Tom was previously the economic development specialist for the city of Cambridge.
Oakdale• Craig Waldron, Oakdale city administrator and EDAM past president, was named Hamline University's Graduate School of Management's Outstanding Professor of the year. Craig teaches an Economic Development course at Hamline.

jana kingMinnesotan Teaches Strategic Planning Course for International Economic Development Council: Janna King, president of Economic Development Services in Minneapolis, served as an instructor for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) two-day Strategic Planning course in Baltimore, MD, in early November. read more

StienKKE Member News:

  • KKE Architects’ Phil Stien Becomes Licensed Architect read more
  • KKE Presents Two NDSU Students with Vision Award read more


GerhardtAl Gerhardt Named Chief Operating Officer of Billion-Dollar Kraus-Anderson: Minneapolis, Minn. — With revenues climbing $100 million over last year, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company (KA) has named a new chief operating officer (COO) to oversee day-to-day operations of all of the company’s business groups. read more

Otsego Retail Development Update Held at the Rockwood’s Banquet Center: The Wright County Economic Development Partnership held a Retail Development Update at the Rockwood’s Banquet Center on Nov. 8. read more

PeperCommunity and Economic Development Specialist Named an Associate of Minnesota's Largest Engineering Firm: (Minneapolis) — Minnesota-based professional consulting services firm Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.'s (SEH) Board of Directors named Heidi Peper as a new associate of the firm. read more

McCombs Frank Roos Merges With Schoell Madson:Minneapolis, Minn. — McCombs Frank Roos Associates, Inc., (MFRA), has merged with Schoell Madson, Inc. Both firms provide professional services in surveying, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and city planning from offices in Plymouth. read more

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positively minnesota

Gov. Pawlenty Proposes Strategic Entrepreneurial Economic Development (SEED) Initiative for Building and Strengthening Minnesota’s Small Businesses

Positively Minnesota Continues to Get in Front of Decision-Makers

Thanks to Sponsors of Bioscience and Medical Device Industry Events

Be Seen, be Heard, Just be Involved … Join the 2008 Positively Minnesota Marketing Partnership!

development newsUniversity of Calgary Child Development Centre Opens:
LEED-Platinum-Certified building Sets Canadian and World Records:
by Bradley Fehr • From the Journal of Commerce • The new University of Calgary Child Development Centre is the largest LEED platinum certified building in the country. read more

Northern Lights Steel Fabrication, Inc. Building Under Construction: North Branch, Minn. — Northern Lights Steel Fabrication, Inc. launched construction of their 7,800 sq. ft. building on Oct. 15. read more

State Manufactured Exports Hit Record High: by Kelsey Lundberg • From Twin Cities Business Magazine •  The State Department of Employment and Economic Development reported that the state hit a record number of manufactured exports of $4.1 billion this quarter, an 11.7 percent increase over the same period last year. read more

kkeKKE Architects Designs Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's New Venue — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park: KKE Architects, Inc. has designed the highly anticipated new venue for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), helping to expand the symphony's reach into the northern suburbs and provide a home for up to 35 national concerts annually. read more

brooklyn park Brooklyn Park Development News: Construction continues on the 420,000-square-foot Park Place Promenade retail center located in the Town Center area of Brooklyn Park. read more

Diversified Construction Development News: Diversified Construction has recently been awarded contracts for Nash Finch in Edina and Little Gym in Burnsville. read more

owatonnaOwatonna Development News: Over the past 60 years, Gopher Sport, headquartered in Owatonna, Minn., has grown from a small regional athletic supplier to an industry-leading physical education product, sports equipment, and early childhood product company in the country. read more

Lac Qui Parle County EDA Joins Rural Economic Development Loan Fund: As Minnesota local governments continue to face the reality of having fewer resources in the future for everything from police and fire services to parks and libraries, economic development organizations representing cities, counties, and nonprofits from throughout rural Minnesota have banded together to leverage their limited local funds through membership in the Minnesota Community Capital Fund (MCCF), an innovative rural development financing organization. read more

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News from DEED

New Management Team in the Business and Community Development Division announced at DEED

Call for Applications: Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED), Brownfields & Redevelopment Unit, Redevelopment Grant Program Notice

Adventurous Development Conference Speakers Challenge Attendees to be Innovative and Creative

EDAM recognizes Vision Award recipient at 2007 Minnesota Development Conference

South Africa Trade Mission

winter calendar

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EDAM Winter Conference: Fueling The Road to Economic Development
Airport Marriott, Bloomington, Minnesota, Jan. 17 and 18, 2008

EDAM Summer Conference
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge
June 18 through 20, 2008

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EDAM Foundation Grant Awards and Announcements

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EDAM's 2007
Board of Directors

Marc Nevinski

City of Coon Rapids

Cathy Capone Bennett
First Vice President
Bennett Community Consulting


Jim Gromberg
Second Vice President

Connexus Energy


Rebecca Kurtz
Past President

Ehlers and Assoc., Inc.


Connie Christenson
St. Louis County


Michael Darger
U of M Extension Economic & Community Development


Nancy Hoffman
Benton County

Curt Larson
City of Blaine


Kristin Lukes
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
(651) 296-1149

Scott Marquardt
Southwest Initiative Foundation
(320) 587-4848

Christie Rock
City of Norwood Young America


Eric Ewald
Managing Director