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 Export to Your Calendar 1/23/2019 to 1/25/2019
When: January 24-25, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place
1500 Park Place Boulevard
St. Louis Park, Minnesota  55416
United States
Contact: Rhea Sullivan
(952) 928-4640

Online registration is available until: 1/18/2019
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Kick off the year with EDAM! Build your network while you enhance your professional and personal development.


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Wednesday | January 23, 2019

3:00 - 7:00 pm

New this year! Mobile Tour

Greg Hunt, Economic Development Coordinator, City of St. Louis Park; Chris Thompson, PE, Vice President & Principal Engineer at Braun Intertec

Kick-off the 2019 EDAM Winter Conference with a mobile tour showcasing EDAM members’ redevelopment leadership. Starting at the DoubleTree Park Place hotel in St. Louis Park, this tour will explore the City of St. Louis Park-led revisioning process and execution of West End. From there, a short bus ride to the current re-use effort of the Mann Theatres in St. Louis Park will give attendees a first-hand look at an in-progress redevelopment. The group will then stop at RJM Construction’s recently completed headquarters in Golden Valley, including a guided tour and short presentation about the process of converting a former AT&T service center into a new headquarters. Mobile tour attendees are welcome to enjoy a reception immediately following the tour and presentation, sponsored by RJM Construction.

Mobile tour participants must register for the tour separately - it is not included in full conference registration.

Thursday | January 24, 2019

7:15 - 8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast (Registration open from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm)

8:00 - 8:45 am


Welcome by EDAM President & Excellence in Economic Development Awards Presentation

2019 EDAM President: Matt Brown, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Coon Rapids; Awards Emcee: Samantha DiMaggio, Community Development Director, City of LeSueur


8:45 - 9:45 am

Keynote: Creativity Counts

Stuart Gray, Founder, Hospitality Rocks

9:45 -10:00 am

Break with Exhibitors

10:00 - 11:30 am

Plenary Session: Stepping Out for the Future of Minnesota: Changing Demographics and the Economic Development Professional

Damon Shoholm,Director, James P. Shannon Leadership Institute at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation; Allison Liuzzi, Project Director, Minnesota Compass

11:30 am - 12:30 pm


12:30 - 12:45 pm

Break with Exhibitors

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Breakout Sessions: Choose One

The Latest on Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds

John Uphoff, Executive Director, Benton Economic Partnership; Lynne Osterman, Executive Vice President, Minnesota Opportunity Zone Advisors; D'Angelos Svenkeson, Vice President, THOR Development

In May 2018, the US Department of the Treasury certified and formally designated the 128 census tracts nominated by Governor Mark Dayton as Opportunity Zones. The tax benefit, created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, is designed to spur economic development and job creation by encouraging long-term investments in economically distressed communities nationwide. In October 2018, the Treasury issued proposed guidance related to Opportunity Zones. In this session, we will discuss the latest information regarding Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds, with a special emphasis on efforts and examples of mobilization, investor engagement, and collaboration happening in Minnesota. We will also discuss lessons learned so far, examples of how communities can engage investors and mobilize economic development resources for success, and what factors are needed to create an investable opportunity.

4 Things to Ditch to Boost Your Professional Success

Kirstin Barsness, Founder, Kismet Coaching

These four insidious little habits are holding you back. The worst part? You may not even be aware that you’re doing them! The best part? With a tweak here and there, you can springboard your productivity, attract positive attention, and feel like you’re making a difference in economic development, where most of the decisions aren’t in your control. Set yourself up for success that isn’t based on whether you got that deal done, but on how you show up for your career.

1:45 - 2:00 pm

Break with Exhibitors

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions: Choose One

Developer Roundtable

Moderated by Jason Aarsvold, Municipal Advisor, Ehlers; Matt Rauenhorst, Vice President & General Manager, Opus Development Company L.L.C.; Jeff Von Feldt, Chief Executive Officer, Duffy Development Company; Ann Duginske Cibulka, MBA, Real Estate Development Manager, Ryan Companies US, Inc.

This session will provide an opportunity for small group discussion with a diverse cross-section of metro and greater Minnesota developers who work in the various classes of real estate: single and multifamily housing, senior living, retail, office, healthcare, and industrial. This casual, interactive session will focus on what makes a site or a community attractive for development, what policies and actions communities can adopt to engage developers on projects, how developers evaluate business risk in a project, and timely market information. Participants will change tables several times throughout the session to have a chance to meet with several developers.

The Reporter Asked What? Media Training for ED Professionals

Jennifer Hellman, COO/Principal, Goff Public; Sara Thatcher, Account Director, Goff Public

You never know exactly what the media may throw at you – but after this media training, we can guarantee you’ll be better equipped to handle whatever comes your way. Feeling comfortable during an interview starts with having a broad understanding of how the media works and knowing how to channel your passion for your work into the perfect sound bites. Goff Public will share insight into the state of the media and current trends, as well as practical tips and recommendations on how to be an effective spokesperson who can deliver your organization’s message in a concise and memorable way.

3:00 - 3:15 pm

Break with Exhibitors

3:15 - 4:15 pm

Breakout Sessions: Choose One

Responding to RFIs & Site Selection Process

Amanda Taylor, Director of Research, GREATER MSP; Duane Poppe, SIOR, CCIM, Principal, Lee & Associates

The site selection process is as competitive as ever, and the best way to stay in the game in attracting new business investment and jobs is to be better prepared in advance of the project. Learn more about the site selection process from Amanda Taylor, who was a site selection consultant with McCallum Sweeney Consulting in Greenville, SC for 7 years before joining GREATER MSP as the Director of Research. Amanda will share her insights from experience working with companies making major manufacturing, distribution, and office/headquarters investments across the country. Learn ways that your community can be better prepared to respond to project Requests for Proposals, and make your community more competitive.

EDAM Voices: Conversation Across Generations

Moderated by Paul Steinman, CIPMA, Vice President & Client Representative, Springsted Incorporated; Sheila Haverkamp, Executive Director, Brainerd Lakes Area Development; Hanna Klimmek, Community Development Director & EDA Executive Director, City of Big Lake; Morgan Hill, Corporate Economic Development Analyst, Xcel Energy; Adam Kienberger, Community Development Director, City of Farmington

Join us for a discussion among EDAM members at various stages of their career, representing diverse disciplines. Participants will share stories about their path into economic development, how they have adapted to change, and what they see as the biggest challenges and opportunities going forward. There will be time for Q&A, so come prepared to ask questions and join in the conversation!

4:15 - 6:00 pm

Networking Reception

Catch up with old friends and make new connections as you recap the day. Drinks and hors d'ouevres will be served.

Friday | January 25, 2019

7:30 - 8:30 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast (Registration open from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm)

8:00 - 8:30 am

Conference Prize Entry

8:30 - 9:30 am

Plenary Session: Manufacturing Panel

9:30 - 9:45 am

Break with Exhibitors

9:45 - 10:45 am

Plenary Session: Grow Minnesota!®'s Economic Outlook - Collaboration & Coordination to Retain Minnesota Business

Kathi Schaff, Director - Grow Minnesota!®, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Grow Minnesota!® Partnership was founded by the Minnesota Chamber in 2002 and is the premier private-sector led statewide business retention, business assistance, and business expansion program in Minnesota. The program operates year-round in partnership with over 70 local chambers and economic development organizations statewide. The session will highlight the value and results of Grow Minnesota!’s statewide business retention visits and emphasize the importance of local public-private collaboration to retain Minnesota businesses. Best practices and lessons learned will be shared, as well as opportunities for engagement in the Grow MN! Partnership.

10:45 - 11:00  am

Break with Exhibitors

11:00 - 12:00 pm

Plenary Session: Legislative Update

12:00 - 12:30 pm

Conference Prize Giveaway





Sign up as a sponsor or exhibitor to gain visibility for your organization while supporting economic development education. Options for both the winter and summer conferences are available now - reserve early for the best pick of the available opportunities!

2019 Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities



Full Conference
Payment received by January 11, 2019: $285
Payment received after January 11, 2019: $325

Single Day (Thursday OR Friday)
Payment received by January 11, 2019: $160
Payment received after January 11, 2019: $175

Optional Wednesday Afternoon Mobile Tour
The mobile tour is NOT included in the full conference registration. Participants must register for the tour separately.
Payment received by January 11, 2019: $30
Payment received after January 11, 2019: $40


Full Conference
Payment received by January 11, 2019: $385
Payment received after January 11, 2019: $425

Single Day (Thursday OR Friday)
Payment received by January 11, 2019: $210
Payment received after January 11, 2019: $225

Optional Wednesday Afternoon Mobile Tour
The mobile tour is NOT included in the full conference registration. Participants must register for the tour separately.
Payment received by January 11, 2019: $40
Payment received after January 11, 2019: $50

Cancellation Policy: With written cancellation notice, received no later than January 11, 2019, you will receive a full refund, less a $35 administrative charge. Cancellations after that date are nonrefundable. Notices of cancellation must sent in writing to Substitutions will be allowed by same-company attendees if EDAM is notified before their arrival. No-shows will not receive a refund.

Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance: EDAM has taken the appropriate steps to maintain PCI compliance. In order to protect your privacy, please do not email your credit card information to our office.

Audio/Video Policy: Registration or participation at association events constitutes an agreement by the registrant/participant to association’s use and distribution of the registrant/participant image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.


DoubleTree Minneapolis Park Place

1500 Park Place Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55416 | Hotel Website

Book Your Room Online

Book by phone: Call 1-800-245-9190 and ask for the "EDAM 2019 Conference" room block.

EDAM has secured a special group rate of $119 - $139 per night (depending on room type), for a limited number of rooms. The group rate is available until January 2, 2019 or until the block is full.

Questions? Contact Rhea Sullivan at or (952) 928-4640.


AICP: EDAM will apply for credits through The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) for selected sessions for Certification Maintenance (CM) credits.

NDC: EDAM will apply for recertification units through the National Development Council (NDC).

IEDC: EDAM will apply for this conference to be a recognized recertification event by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).


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