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6/3/2015 to 6/5/2015
When: June 3-5, 2015
Where: Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN  55802
United States


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EDAM looks forward to seeing you at the EDAM Summer Conference on June 3–5 in Duluth!

The EDAM Professional Development Committee is planning another great conference full of high-quality professional development programming and excellent speakers to increase your skills and your awareness of new opportunities, in addition to networking events to build relationships with existing and new colleagues from throughout Minnesota. Our 2013 summer conference was one of our most successful events…ever; and following a break from last year, we're back!We have used that momentum to build the program for this year, which will include a few surprises both in content and format.

We encourage you to register today for the conference. You won’t want to miss it!

Agenda

Wednesday, June 3

11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Minnesota Marketing Partnership Quarterly Meeting

Note: Your registration for the EDAM Summer Conference does not automatically register you for the Minnesota Marketing Partnership quarterly meeting. Partnership members will receive detailed information and registration information as the event date gets closer, so please stay tuned for that. If you are not a member of the Partnership and you are attending the EDAM Summer Conference, you are welcome and encouraged to attend the quarterly meeting, but a separate registration is required by contacting christine.pribbernow@state.mn.us.

Registration 
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

President's Welcome Reception & Social

Featuring hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, and President’s Award
Presented by Heidi Peper, EDAM President

6:15 – 8:15 p.m.

Lake Superior Harbor Cruise
Netorking and Hors d'oeuvres

8:30 p.m. Networking on Your Own

Thursday, June 4

Breakfast not provided. Canal Park Lodge has a Continental Breakfast included with your stay.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Legislative Session Recap

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

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Move with Ambition: The Art of Powerful Productivity

Pascha Apter, CEO, Giant Voices, Inc.

As a business professional, you probably have more things on your to-do list than you could possibly accomplish. Join Apter as she speaks about how to put ambition-based productivity into practice. She will cover exactly what you need to know to align your ambitions and daily plans – so every single thing you do propels you toward fulfillment of your business, career and personal goals.

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Exhibitor Networking Break
10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Keynote: Move with Ambition: The Art of Powerful Productivity (continued)

Pascha Apter, CEO, Giant Voices, Inc.

As a business professional, you probably have more things on your to-do list than you could possibly accomplish. Join Apter as she speaks about how to put ambition-based productivity into practice. She will cover exactly what you need to know to align your ambitions and daily plans – so every single thing you do propels you toward fulfillment of your business, career and personal goals.

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Exhibitor Networking Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

From Samples to Six-Packs: How to Homebrew your Community’s Craft Culture

Panelists:

  • Don Hoag, Lake Superior Brewing Company
  • Laura Mullen, Bent Paddle Brew Company
  • Jon Loss, Blacklist Brewing
  • Dave Hoops, Fitger’s Brewhouse
  • Emily Vikre, Vikre Distilling
  • Moderator: Jeff Borling, Director of Industrial/Economic Development, Duluth Seaway Port Authority

In a letter to Growler Magazine in 2013, Mayor Don Ness declared Duluth to be “Minnesota’s Craft Beer Capital” and, with at least seven active breweries in the City of Duluth and as many more in the surrounding area, this region has clearly done well to capitalize on growing a national trend.  As the community now sets its sights on growing its craft distillery base, come learn how the industry has developed in Duluth by listening to the experiences of the founders themselves. 

How did the City and economic development community of Duluth help these businesses grow?  What could have been done to make it easier for them to grow faster?  What is the difference between production breweries and brewpubs, and what is this “craft” movement all about anyway?  How does a “nomadic” brewery move out of the basement and into the big leagues?  Get your questions ready and we’ll help you distill the answers you need.

Shovel Ready – Ready or Not?

Kevin Kelleher, SE MN Regional Business Representative and Director, MN Shovel Ready Program, MN DEED

This session will highlight the DEED Shovel Ready Program. We’ll cover new changes to the program, recent marketing efforts by both  DEED and individual sites and comparisons with other programs in nearby states.
Recent successes and failures will be presented.

Feedback will be solicited from the audience on how to improve the program as well.

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch, Mayor, and DEED Update
Duluth Mayor Don Ness and Kevin McKinnon, Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota DEED
 

Breakout Sessions

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Applying Private Sector Strategies To Public Sector Financing: A Public and Private Perspective

Nick Skarich, Vice President, Dougherty & Company LLC
Paul T. Steinman, CIPMA, Vice President and Client Representative, Springsted Incorporated

Government entities have a variety of options to finance projects in addition to the traditional bond market.  Learn how to take financing structures utilized in the private sector and modify them to fit your needs.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please note: The Mobile Tours are now full. If you registered prior to May 26, you have a seat reserved on the tour. If you are registering after May 26 and would like to join a tour, please check in at the conference to see if there is any extra space.


 

Mobile Workshop: Redevelopment Projects

Office of Brownfields and Redevelopment, Minnesota DEED, and Heidi Timm-Bijold, Business Resources Manager, Duluth EDA

Many cities in the state have become very successful in navigating through the redevelopment process in Minnesota.  One of the most savvy and creative is the city of Duluth. This tour will showcase recent redevelopment projects and discuss some of the obstacles to redevelopment such as funding or political pressures.  You will also learn about innovative partnerships and strategies undertaken to overcome these challenges to produce successful projects which create jobs, taxes and housing opportunities in the community.  

Mobile Workshop: By Land, Air or Sea: Piloting Transportation Infrastructure Investments in Your Community

Jeff Borling, Director of Industrial/Economic Development, Duluth Seaway Port Authority

At a time when transportation infrastructure spending has dominated political debates in St. Paul and Washington D.C., the Duluth economic development community is celebrating the opening of a new terminal at the Duluth International Airport, continued progress in construction of the DTA Multimodal Facility, and a new intermodal cargo dock at the international Port of Duluth. On this tour, expert speakers will describe what economic development strategies and funding sources were deployed on these three projects to deliver a combined value of over $130M in new public transportation infrastructure investments in Duluth.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m.

Canal Park Brewery Networking Reception & Hors d’oeuvres

Friday, June 5

Breakfast not provided. Canal Park Lodge has a Continental Breakfast included with your stay.
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Minnesota Economic Development Foundation Presentation

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

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Grandma’s Marathon – Ab Initio

Jon Carlson, Executive Director, Grandma's Marathon

9:45 – 10:05 a.m. Exhibitor Networking Break
10:05 a.m. – Noon

Idea Interchange

Back by popular demand. Have the opportunity to engage in up to four different topics. Each round table will have a leader to start the process, with those who are present determining how the discussion unfolds. Every 30 minutes you will be able to move to a new, fun and invigorating topic/discussion.

Interchange Topics:

Tax Incentives – Good or Giving Away the Store
Jason Aarsvold, Financial Advisor, Ehlers

Legislative Issues
Matt Brown, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Coon Rapids

Broadband and its Alternatives (cell tower usage, etc.)
Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, MN Office of Broadband Development, MN DEED

Impact of E-Commerce on the Industrial Market
Steve Schwanke, Commercial Market Leader, Westwood Professional Services

Right-sizing Work Space and its Impact on Development
Julie Luers, Vice President, HGA Architects and Engineers

Tourism as an Economic Driver
Mary Somnis, Tourism Marketing Coordinator, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board

Ground Water, Vapor Intrusion and Development
Kim Bumgardner, Duluth Branch Manager, Bay West LLC

Cold Climate as a Positive for Economic Development
Gene Goddard, Director of Business Investment, Greater MSP

Noon Door Prize Drawings and Adjourn

 

Registration Fees

Members Non-Members Students
By May 15 $295 $395 Free
After May 15 $320 $420 $25

 

Sponsorships Sold Out

We are still accepting exhibitors

View complete details and register to exhibit online.

Thank You, Conference Sponsors

Lake Superior Harbor Cruise Premier Sponsor

Xcel Energy

Idea Interchange Sponsor
MN DEED

Lake Superior Harbor Cruise Co-Sponsors

Braun Intertec

Coldwell Banker Commercial Griffin

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Greater MSP

Thursday Night Networking Game Sponsor

Saint Paul Port Authority

 

Thursday Night Networking Event Co-Sponsors
Duluth Economic Development Authority

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board
SEH, Inc.


Springsted

 

Thursday Night Networking Event Premier Sponsor

Minnesota Business Fincance Corporation

Thursday Lunch Sponsor

Great River Energy

President’s Reception
& Social Sponsor
Apex

Thursday Keynote Sponsor

Minnesota Power

Friday Keynote Sponsor

Blandin Foundation

Mobile Workshop Sponsorship

Southwest initiative Foundation Logo

Univeristy of Minnesota Economic Development

 

Dessert Sponsor
Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation

Lanyard Sponsor
Ehlers, Inc.

Wireless Internet Sponsor
Office of Broadband Development, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

 

Lodging

Hotel deadline extended to May 15. Reserve your room now and save.

Canal Park Lodge

City Side and Lakeside
June 3–4: $129/night
June 5–6: $149/night

Lakeside and Balcony
June 3–4: $149/night
June 5–6: $169/night

Room Block ends May 15, 2015.

You can reserve your room today at the Canal Park Lodge:
Use the following information when reserving your room:
1-800-777-8560
Reserve your room online
Group ID: 1872 
Password: 37000590 

Please note: The room block is available through the weekend following the conference.

Holiday Inn Duluth

June 3–5: $99/night
Room Block ends May 15, 2015
Call 218-722-1202

Credits

Application has been made to the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for this event to be a recognized state event for the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

Application has also been made to the National Development Council (NDC) for this event to provide recertification credit to NDC-certified Economic Development Finance Professionals (EDFP), Housing Development Finance Professionals (HDFP), or Rental Housing Development Finance Professionals (RHDFP).

Certification Maintenance credits have been applied for through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

 

Registration Policies: Full payment must accompany your registration form. For all other registrations, including on-site registrations, payment must be made at the time of registration. With written cancellation notice, received by May 11, you will receive a full refund, less a $35 administrative charge. Cancellations after May 11 are nonrefundable. Notices of cancellation must be faxed to the EDAM office at 651-290-2266. No-shows will not receive a refund.

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