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.
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.
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
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:
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