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Contact a committee chair or the EDAM office to learn more or join an EDAM Committee.
The Board of Directors provides strategic direction and the committees play a vital role in helping EDAM execute its vision.

Conference Committee

Plans Summer and Winter Conferences that contribute to the EDAM mission of providing a forum for exchanging information, staying abreast of economic development strategies and practice and providing valuable networking and educational opportunities.  With EDAM Board input and approval the committee selects the topics and speakers, solicits sponsorships, and plans social events at conferences.

Committee Chair
Eric Maass, City of Hastings

Daniela Lorenz, City of Brooklyn Park

EDAM U Committee

Provides educational opportunities for EDAM members and the economic development community.

Committee Chair
Mary Matze, Hennepin County Community Works

Vice Chair
Lucas Evenson, Braun Intertec


EDAM U Event

Committee Chairs
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Emerging Professionals Committee

Plans activities, forges professional connections, and provides resources for emerging economic development professionals with a variety of backgrounds, typically with 10 or fewer years of experience in the profession.

Committee Chair
Jacquel Hajder, Doran Companies



Government Relations Committee

Monitors legislation during each session of the Minnesota Legislature. The committee develops a legislative platform, based on member input, advocates for the platform issues at the legislature, coordinates an Economic Development Day at the Capitol with industry partners, and provides tools for members to get involved with advocacy.

Committee Chair
Scott Marquardt, Southwest Initiative Foundation

Vice Chair
Kali Judd, Xcel Energy


Marketing & Communications Committee

Effectively communicates EDAM’s mission, vision, and goals, both internally and externally, to promote economic development resources, opportunities and success stories in the State of Minnesota.

Committee Chair
Keith Dahl, Ehlers

Marie Pflipsen, City of Becker


Member Services Committee

Focuses on membership retention and recruitment, enhancing the membership experience, and coordinating member recognition programs and events.

Committee Chair
Colleen Eddy, City of Elk River

Committee Vice Chair
Tim Johnson, Anderson Engineering