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8/14/2018 to 8/15/2018
When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Where: Hamline University
Contact: Patrick Connoy
(612) 308-2577

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The Minnesota Economic Development Foundation is hosting a free two-day Academy for economic development interns, new practitioners, and emerging professionals to broaden their understanding of the economic development profession. Attendees will receive an overview of key elements of the profession, a half day tour of economic development projects and contact with a wide range of people active in the profession. Speakers and panelists will bring a variety of experiences, including urban, suburban, rural/small town and regional center. Participants will have an opportunity to network with their peers and learn from each other’s experiences.

Participation in the academy is free, but participants are responsible for their own lodging, if needed. Classroom activities will be held at Hamline University, and meals will be provided.

Topics & Activities

  • Overview of economic development and integration with workforce development and community development
  • Economic analysis, development sectors, geographic diversity
  • Entrepreneurship, business retention and attraction
  • Growth and diversification of your economy
  • Tour business and community economic development projects
  • Networking on the Anderson Terrace at Hamline
  • Business financing and financial incentives
  • Site development, utilities, broadband and other infrastructure requirements
  • Considering a career in economic development?
  • Evaluation and networking

To register, contact Patrick Connoy at pconnoy@hutman.net or (612) 308-2577.

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