Emerging Professionals

The Emerging Professionals Committee is comprised of economic development professionals with a variety of backgrounds, levels of education, and job history, with 10 years or less experience in the economic development field. Knowing the importance of networking and the challenges and unanswered questions those new to the industry have when entering the workforce, this group acts as an agent to provide advice, job seeking resources and additional education opportunities and trainings.

Enhanced EP Interaction
EDAM Emerging Professionals would like to create a strong partnership with students and universities to help bridge the transition from student/newcomer to economic development professional. It’s vital to utilize and retain new talent now, and for generations to come. Having been in your shoes and faced similar challenges not that long ago, we understand how it feels when first entering the economic development field. Forming relationships with existing emerging professionals makes this transition easier. We know that becoming a part of a solid networking group is step one in launching a successful career. We welcome students, recent graduates/practitioners, those just entering the field, and those new to Minnesota or the Twin Cities.

We meet periodically for lunch and participate in various economic development events.

For more information, or to be placed on our email list to be notified of future events, please contact us at [email protected].

Emerging Professionals Resources & Services
  • Informational interviews (current students/interns)
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Support system
  • Job shadowing
  • Notice of continuing education classes   
  • Connection to employment resources
Intro to EDAM & Economic Development for Students
Building Your Toolbox: Pete Lavelle of RezBuilder


Building Your Toolbox: Tyler Hilsabeck from MCCD



Building Your Toolbox: TIF 101
Building Your Toolbox: Brownfields 101
Building Your Toolbox: PACE Financing 101


PACE Financing 101 Slides


Building Your Toolbox: EV Charging & Buildings of the Future
Building Your Toolbox: How to Develop a Business Incubator
Building Your Toolbox: Pulling Accurate Data for Your Community or Project


Building Your Toolbox: Intro to SSBCI Programs
Building Your Toolbox: Leveraging Strategic Marketing Ideas in Economic Development

Upcoming Events

We would love to see you at one of our events! Join us to make new contacts and explore new ideas.

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