Minnesota Economic Development Foundation

The Minnesota Economic Development Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 private non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of building stronger Minnesota communities through economic development outreach, education, training and research initiatives. Since its formation in 2003, the Foundation has been committed to cultivating “next generation” economic and community development leaders as a means of building capacity within Minnesota communities that share the goal of sustaining local economic vitality.

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Current Foundation Initiatives

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Internship Grants

Each year, the Foundation awards grants to EDAM members organizations to cover a portion of the cost to employ an intern focusing on economic development related work.

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Continuing Education Scholarships

The Foundation periodically offers scholarships for professional advancement opportunities for EDAM members and other Minnesota economic development professionals, such as the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Minnesota-based courses and Hamline University’s Economic Development Certificate program.

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Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course

In collaboration with EDAM, the Foundation offers this IEDC-accredited course each year and offers tuition assistance to Minnesota attendees meeting certain criteria.

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Contact or Donate

Contact Board Chair Matt Brown for more information at MBrown@coonrapidsmn.gov