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1/21/2016 to 1/22/2016
When: Thursday - Friday, January 21-22, 2016
Where: Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Dr N
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota  55428
United States

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We look forward to the 2016 EDAM Winter Conference on January 21-22 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 Award Ceremony will honor people and projects statewide that exemplify innovation, professionalism, collaboration, and impact.


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Thursday - January 21, 2016


Registration Opens

8:30 - 9:15am

EDAM 101

Whether you are a new member or a long standing member, come join EDAM’s President and Committee Chairs to learn more about the work of the organization, benefits available to members, and ways that you can get involved.

Heidi Peper, President
Erin Sparks, Member Services Chair
Matt Brown, Government Relations Chair f
Scott Marquardt, Professional Development Chair
Adam Kienberger, Marketing & Communications Chair

9:30 - 10:00am

Welcome, Annual Meeting

2015 EDAM President, Heidi Peper

10:00 - 11:00am

Plenary Session

The Link between Comprehensive Planning and Economic Development

John Houseal, AICP, Principal, Houseal Lavigne Associates
Breanne Rothstein, AICP, President, MN Chapter APA, Municipal Planner, WSB & Associates

11:00 - 11:15am

Break with Vendors

11:15am - 12:15pm

EDAM 2016 Excellence in Economic Development Award

Host: Christie Hantge, 2016 EDAM President

12:15 - 1:45pm



DEED Commissioner

Katie Clark Sieben, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development


Keynote Session

Keynote Speaker:

Richard Davis, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer U.S. Bancorp

Richard Davis, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Bancorp


Break with Vendors


Plenary Session

Utilities: Empowering Economic Development

Trisha Rosenfeld, Manager, Community Relations and Economic Development, Xcel Energy
Nancy Norr, Director - Regional Development, Minnesota Power
Tom Lambrecht, Manager - Economic Development, Great River Energy

Moderated by Mark Lofthus, Economic Development Director, Dakota Electric


Adjourn to Reception Hosted by Minnesota Economic Development Foundation

Sponsored by: Minnesota Business Finance Corporation

Friday - January 22, 2016




Keynote Session

Neighboring States, Diverging Paths: Minnesota and Wisconsin

Larry Jacobs, Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey School and the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota


Track A - Concurrent Session

Redevelopment Projects: TCAAP & New Hope

Mayor Kathi Hemken, New Hope
Steven Schwanke, Commercial Market Leader, Westwood
Heather Worthington, Deputy County Manager, Ramsey County
Jill Hutmacher, Community Development Director, City of Arden Hills


Track B - Concurrent Session

What Makes Greater Minnesota Great

DEED Business Development Specialists
Kari Howe, Northwest Region
Brad Brzezinski, West Central Region
Lisa Hughes, Southwest Region
Kevin Kelleher, Southeast Region


Networking Break


Track A - Concurrent Session

South of the River Business Retention Effort

Bruce Nordquist, Community Development Director, City of Apple Valley
David Olson, Community and Economic Development Director, City of Lakeville
Jim Gromberg, Economic Development Coordinator, WSB & Associates


Track B - Concurrent Session

Successful Community Initiatives: Building Albert Lea One House at a Time, and the Luverne Commercial Revitalization Project

Chad Adams, City Manager, City of Albert Lea
Jon Ford, Executive Director, Albert Lea HRA
Holly Sammons, Economic Development Director, City of Luverne
Scott Marquardt, Vice President, Southwest Initiative Foundation



Registration Fees



By January 8, 2016

Full Conference - $255

Full Conference - $355

Thursday or Friday Only - $185

Thursday or Friday Only -- $215

After January 8, 2016

Full Conference - $280

Full Conference - $380

Thursday or Friday Only - $210

Thursday or Friday Only - $240

*EDAM Student Member: Please contact the EDAM Office (Telephone: 651-290-6296, Email: The student rate will be only for those that are full time students and will be $35 up to January 8th and after January 8th $50.


Marriott Northwest

7025 Northland Dr. N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Cutoff Date: December 22, 2015
Room Block: 01/20/2016 - 01/21/2016
Rate: $123/night

EDAM has secured a special group rate for the conference of $123 per night. Reserve your room today!

Thank You, Sponsors!

Diamond Sponsors

Thank You, Lanyard Sponsor

ehlers sponsoring


Keynote Speaker Sponsor

Great River Energy sponsoring

Sapphire Sponsors

Thank You, Thursday Breaks Sponsor

Thank You, Thursday Breaks Sponsor!

Thank You, Thursday Lunch Sponsor

Thank you, Xcel Energy for sponsoring

Thank You, Thursday Reception Sponsor

Thank you, MBFC for sponsoring!

Emerald Sponsors

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
Springsted, Inc.
US Bank

Amber Sponsors

Dakota Electric Association


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) and National Development Council (NDC) recertification units through the NDC Recertification program.

Cancellation Policy: With written cancellation notice, received by January 8, 2016, you will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative charge. Cancellations after January 8, 2016 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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