Excellence in Economic Development Awards Nomination Form

The awards recognize projects and professionals in the economic development industry who have gone above and beyond or faced significant challenges in the last year. Nominations open in the fall and winners are honored at the Winter Conference.

Teamwork hands in circleNominate Now! Submissions must be received by November 12, 2021

Take a few minutes to nominate a colleague for the great work they've done this past year! Categories include:

  • Innovation Award:  The Innovation Award recognizes a creative solution to an economic development challenge,  awarded to a community, county, organization, or a collaborative team. It could include any or all of the following:
    • Programs or initiatives that focus on business attraction, talent attraction or retention, business retention and expansion, financing, entrepreneurship, technology or other economic development initiatives.
    • Successful partnerships that demonstrate the strength of working together as a collective whole.
    • Creativity, effective communication and impeccable execution of an economic development marketing initiative.

  • Project of the Year: The Project of the Year Award recognizes a community, organization, or team of individuals who have worked to complete a project that has had a positive impact in the State of Minnesota in the past year. This project will demonstrate collaboration, creativity, and complexity. The project will have created or retained employment and capital investment.

  • Economic Developer of the Year: The Economic Developer of the Year recognizes a true leader in the industry from the past year.  This person exemplifies excellence in economic development and leadership. This award is intended for a professional who utilizes best practices, collaborative thinking, creativity and a spirit of innovation.

  • Emerging Professional of the Year: The Emerging Professional Award acknowledges outstanding achievement by an emerging leader in the economic development industry. This individual shows promising leadership skills and positively impacts their organization, community, and/or region through economic development. This person should have less than five years of experience in the industry.

  • Public Official of the Year: The Public Official of the Year award is given to an individual that has worked diligently to advocate for economic development tools, resources, or initiatives that have had a positive impact in Minnesota. Nominations reflect an elected or appointed official who is willing to stand boldly in developing and supporting robust economic development tools and resources. The public official can represent all levels including: community, county, state or federal legislature.

All nominations must be received by Friday, November 12, 2021. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2022 EDAM Winter Conference in January 2022.