Daniela Lorenz | City of Brooklyn Park
Why are you interested in serving on the EDAM Board?
I have been working in the economic development (ED) field for 5-years and in that short time I have seen large shifts in the way we collectively think about economic and community development and how it shapes our communities and the people we serve. EDAM is in at an exciting nexus as it considers where it belongs in the conversation about what is means to "do economic development", who has been traditionally left out of economic development, and how we can collectively work together to create equitable, inclusive, and resilient communities. As the premier professional organization for ED professionals, I look forward to exploring how the board can continue to foster growth and learning opportunities for professionals at all stages of their careers, invite a new and diverse set of talent to the field, and continue pushing all members of the association and related organizations to think about how to our work can have the most positive impact on policy, people, and places.
Please share a brief statement of your understanding of EDAM's vision and mission.
EDAM is a space for learning and sharing across sectors with the common goal of growing our understanding of the economic development profession. The prioritization of networking among likeminded professionals allows all involved to thinking more globally about their work, who is benefits, who is left out, and how the field should grow and change to include a diversity of voices and perspectives. Along with the networking opportunities that provide space to learn from our peers, EDAM is a space to think about the future of economic development and advocate for improved policy that makes the work of professionals across the State more impactful.
How have you been involved with EDAM?
I have been a member of EDAM through the City of Brooklyn Park since 2019. I have attended several conferences and networking opportunities in that time. I have also served on the Conference Planning Committee as both a member and a co-chair for the past 2-years. This allowed me to see the effort that goes into conference planning first hand, have discussions with other committee members about what they'd like to know more about, and what role we have in influencing larger conversations about inclusion, equity, and diversity in the organization and the profession as a whole.
Brief bio identifying your experience in economic development related work.
I graduated from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2017 with a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) with a focus on Community Development and Housing. During my time at the Humphrey School I worked for the City of Maplewood, MN as a Planning Technician. After I graduated in 2017, I was hired as a Project Facilitator for the City of Brooklyn Park where I supported senior staff on a number of projects including work related to the Blue Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, general development projects, and marketing and branding work. In 2019, I was hired in my current role as the Business Development Coordinator for the City of Brooklyn Park where I work closely with businesses to provide resources, create programs, and plan events to help businesses in Brooklyn Park grow and thrive in the City. Along with business specific work I project manage development projects that require City financing, work closely with the State of Minnesota to administer its business financing programs, and develop in partnership with the BrookLynk program workforce development programming and policy.