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1/22/2015 to 1/23/2015
When: Janury 22–23, 2015
Where: Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Dr N
Brooklyn Park, MN  55428
United States

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We look forward to the 2015 EDAM Winter Conference on January 22-23 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. The Professional Development Committee has planned another great conference program full of timely and informative educational sessions, great speakers, and opportunities for you to build valuable relationships with new and existing colleagues. In addition, our Excellence in Economic Development Awards Ceremony will honor people and projects statewide that exemplify innovation, professionalism, collaboration, and impact. I encourage you to register today for the conference. You won’t want to miss it!


By Jan. 9, 2015 After Jan. 9, 2015
Members Non-Members Students Members Non-Members Students
Full Conference $245 $345 Free $270 $370 Free
Single Day $175 $205 Free $200 $230 Free


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Registration Opens

9:00 - 9:45am

Committee Meetings

9:00 - 9:45am

ED 101: How Did We Get Here? The Mysterious Career Path of an Economic Development Professional

Craig Waldron, Professor, Hamline University; Adam Kienberger, Community Development Director, City of Farmington, Erin Sparks, Economic Development Specialist, Great River Energy

What did you want to be when you grew up – a police officer, astronaut, veterinarian, assistant vice president of legislative affairs for the undersecretary of international relations? Economic developers come from a variety of backgrounds, all with a unique story of how they got to be where they are today.

Join us on Thursday morning to hear from a panel of your colleagues about how they got involved in economic development. This is a great topic for those new to the field, or those who just want to learn a bit more about some of the professionals you may have known for years.

10:00 - 10:30am

Conference Kick Off - Welcome Note

Tim Korby, 2015 EDAM Past President

10:30 - 11:15am


Lester Bagley, Senior Vice President of Stadium Development, Minnesota Vikings

11:15 - 11:40am

Minnesota Economic Development Foundation

Patrick Connoy, MEDF Board Chair; Administrative Manager, Hennepin County Department of Housing, Community Works & Transit

11:40am - Noon

An Update from DEED

Kevin McKinnon, Deputy Commissioner, Economic Development, DEED

Noon - 1:00pm


1:00 - 2:00pm

EDAM Excellence in Economic Development Awards Ceremony

Christie Rock Hantge, 2015 EDAM First Vice President

2:00 - 2:20pm

Exhibitors Networking Break

2:20 - 3:20pm

Concurrent Sessions

  • Update of Statutory Authorities for Redevelopment Activities

    Jenny Boulton, Shareholder, Kennedy & Graven

    Redevelopment of real estate is a successful economic development strategy for many communities throughout Minnesota. These projects have led to significant impacts in job creation and retention, private investment, and tax base enhancement. An awareness and understanding of key legal fundamentals is a major factor in the success of economic development professionals as they tackle these multi-faceted projects and engage with developers and prospects. This session will explore key aspects of redevelopment law including property acquisition, eminent domain, demolition, relocation, environmental issues, title matters, public improvements, public finance, and redevelopment powers of a local public agency. Don't miss this opportunity to be equipped with the latest legal fundamentals and be better prepared to seize the great opportunities with real estate redevelopment.

  • Working Effectively with State Legislators and Special Legislation

    Stacie Kvilvang, Senior Financial Advisor/Director, Ehlers, Inc.
    Patricia Nauman, Executive Director, Metro Cities

    Navigating the legislative process can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience for those who don’t work with it on a regular basis. At the same time, your community can benefit from opportunities by skillfully working with legislators to address unique needs. This session will provide strategies for working effectively with legislators and the process for proposing special legislation.
3:20 - 3:40pm

Exhibitors Networking Break

3:40 - 4:30pm

Commercial Real Estate Broker Panel

Brad Butler, Senior Director, Leasing and Development, Liberty Property Trust; Jeff LaFavre, Senior Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial Griffin; Steve Shepherd, Senior Associate, Office Brokerage Division, Colliers International Mpls./St. Paul

How do you get commercial brokers to pitch your deal? Learn from top commercial brokers how to have a successful broker tour, create workable web sites, and how to answer their questions when they call. This session is your chance to learn how to get commercial brokers to be your partner in success.


4:30 - 6:30pm

EDAM Networking Reception


8:45 - 9:00am

Professional Development Committee Chair Welcome

9:05 - 9:30am

EDAM Legislative Update

Jean Spaulding, EDAM Government Relations Committee Chair; Assistant Director, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission
Matt Brown, EDAM Government Relations Committee Vice-Chair; Community Development Specialist, City of Coon Rapids


9:30 - 9:40am

Exhibitors Networking Break

9:40 - 10:40am

Concurrent Sessions

10:40 - 11:00am

Exhibitors Networking Break

11:00am - Noon

Concurrent Sessions

  • Transformation of the Oakdale Mall: A Case Study of Successful Redevelopment
    Bob Streetar, Community Development Director, City of Oakdale

    Originally built in 1984, the 180,000 square foot Oakdale Mall struggled with high vacancy rates and was seen by city leaders as an eyesore and an under-performing piece of real estate. The city identified the site as its top redevelopment priority and acquired the vacant property in 2011. The site is now undergoing a total transformation into a mixed-use development, including senior housing, retail, office, and other commercial space, and it is an outstanding case study of a city's role in acquisition and redevelopment of a blighted and underutilized commercial property. This session will dive deep into the story and explore all of the moving parts and challenges of the successful redevelopment project, including complicated property acquisition and title issues, demolition, infrastructure development, public finance including tax increment financing and infrastructure grants, special legislation, a city council willing to take risks, the willingness to invest in a down economy, finding viable partners, and engaging in challenging negotiations. Economic development professionals throughout Minnesota can learn from this project's journey, as the key lessons learned are relevant for any community considering or undergoing a comprehensive redevelopment project.

  • Minnesota as a Global Destination for Businesses: Importance of Foreign Direct Investment
    Kathleen Motzenbecker, Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office, DEED; Laurence Reszetar, Director, Foreign Direct Investment, Minnesota Trade Office, DEED; David Griggs, Vice President, Business Investment & Research, Greater MSP

    This session will explain Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and outline why incorporating FDI strategies is a critical part of your local retention and attraction efforts. The speakers will also review the recent Brookings FDI initiative and describe how the findings and strategies position MN as a global destination for businesses. Potential regional planning grants and other applicable grants will also be explored.


Noon - 12:45pm


12:45pm - 1:45pm

Keynote: Can Divided Government Unite Minnesota on Jobs, Taxes and Transportation?

Tom Hauser, Chief Political Reporter, KSTP Channel 5


Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Christie Rock Hantge, 2015 EDAM First Vice President

Thank you, Sponsors and Exhibitors

Thursday Luncheon Sponsor
Great River Energy
Friday Luncheon Sponsor
Greater MSP
Networking Reception Sponsor
Minnesota Business Finance Corporation
Lanyard Sponsor
SEH, Inc

Wi-Fi Sponsor
Dakota Electric

Audio Visual Sponsor
City of Elk River
Break Sponsor
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Conference Exhibitors
Hansen Thorp Pellinen Olson, Inc.
Novel Energy Solutions, LLC
Springsted Incorporated


Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel
EDAM Special Room Rate: $119

Reservations for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (877) 303-1681.

Reservations by attendees must be received on or before 6pm CST, Friday, December 29, 2014

This event is recognized by the international Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD). EDAM is applying for Certification Maintenance (CM) credits through American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Real Estate CE Credits with MNCAR and National Development Council (NDC) recertification units through the NDC Recertification program.

Cancellation Policy: With written cancellation notice, received by January 9, 2015, you will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative charge. Cancellations after January 9, 2015 are nonrefundable. Substitutions will be allowed by same-company attendees if EDAM is notified before their arrival. Notices of cancellation and substitution must be faxed to the EDAM office at 651-290-2266. No-shows will not receive a refund.

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