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Links to available presentations are provided with session descriptions. Additional presentations will be posted as they become available.

Wednesday – June 28, 2017


MN Economic Development Foundation Golf Tournament & Fundraiser (requires separate registration)


DEED: Minnesota Marketing Partners Quarterly Meeting

If you are not a current member of the Minnesota Marketing Partnership (hosted by DEED) and want to learn more about how to participate in making marketing decisions for the state, you are invited to attend the second quarterly meeting on June 28 as a guest, at no cost! Registration for the Minnesota Marketing Partnership’s quarterly meeting is separate from the EDAM Summer Conference registration.

To register for the Minnesota Marketing Partnership meeting, please contact Christine Pribbernow at or call (651) 259-7169. Please also indicate if an accommodation is needed (facilities, lunch, etc.).




President's Welcome Reception


Networking BBQ

Thursday – June 29, 2017


EDAM 5k Fun Run/Walk — Check in begins at 6:15am and the fun run/walk starts at 7:00am.


Breakfast — Breakfast at Grand View is included in your registration fee.




Welcome by EDAM President Adam Kienberger

Adam Kienberger, City of Farmington


Does Your Voice Really Matter? Navigating the Legislature

Advocating, even in small ways, can make a large impact. Your voice does matter when it comes to economic development legislative issues. Hear from seasoned advocacy pros on best practice strategies to make an impact, expert tips to navigating the complex legislative system and the importance of strong partnerships. This plenary session will allow time for audience participation so come prepared with questions. Your feedback and insights are critical to ensuring Minnesota has the robust economic development ecosystem established for years to come.

Speakers: Kevin McKinnon, DEED, Jess Myers, EDAM's Government Relations Consultant; Larry Hosch, Greater St. Cloud Development Corp.


Keynote Address

Speaker: Ravi Norman, THOR Companies


Break with Exhibitors


Breakout Sessions: Choose One

When the City Does Everything Right; Terrace Mall Redevelopment — 1 CM credit (AICP)

Learn how a community, its leaders and a developer overcame complex obstacles to bring a redevelopment vision to life. The City of Robbinsdale and Inland Development Partners joined forces to redevelop the Terrace Mall, including a long-vacant and blighted movie theater, into a grocery store with wide appeal to the community. This is a story of leadership through public participation, creative funding for unusual costs, negotiations with a county for road improvements, mall tenant relocations, complex environmental issues and many other obstacles, including a lawsuit filed by a small group of advocates as a last minute attempt to save the old theater. This is a success story about a City that stood firm, a community that rallied to support the City and an experienced developer who knew how to maneuver through all of the complexities.

Speaker: Kent Carlson, Inland Development Partners, LLC

Minnesota's Education and Employment Reality; Making the Most of our Labor

The tight job market of today requires the most effective utilization of labor possible. Educating the workforce is paramount and the complex dynamic of correctly matching education to employment is critical. Every student is important and the costs of misalignment will be increasingly shared by students and employers.

Speaker: Luke Greiner, MN Department of Employment and Economic Development


Break with Exhibitors


Breakout Sessions: Choose One

West Side Flats - a Redevelopment Demonstration Project of Cutting Edge Energy Efficiency and Public Green Space — 1 CM credit (AICP)

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Learn about an innovative partnership between the City of St. Paul and Sherman Associates that led plans for a mixed-income community that will include a cutting edge energy efficient passive house building, a mixed-use market rate building with commercial use adjacent to a public gathering space on the Mississippi River and stacked storm water and public green space amenities. This session will provide insights into the planning, strategies and partnership efforts that lead to this demonstration redevelopment project.

Speakers: Marie Franchett, St. Paul Planning and Economic Development; Kyle Brasser, Sherman Associates; Lucy Thompson, City of Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development

Not Recruiting, but Re-allocating as a Solution to the Skilled Workforce Shortage

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In partnership with the local school district, Ridgewater College and local industry, the Hutchinson EDA has launched the most ambitious skilled workforce development initiative in the State of Minnesota. Employing a five-prong strategy of Realigning High School Education, Building Educational Pathways, Changing Stereotypes of Manufacturing, Building School-Industry Connections and Dramatically Upgrading the Career & Technical Education (CTE) facilities & equipment at our high school, Hutchinson is providing its employers in all sectors with the skilled workforce they need. Instead of recruiting workers from elsewhere, the solution to our skilled workforce shortage lies in reallocating existing human resources - namely our graduating high school students. The TigerPath Academies and Tiger Manufacturing would be discussed in detail.

Speaker: Miles Seppelt, City of Hutchinson






50 Years in the Making - The Changing Roles in Economic Development

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"Economic Development" from the 1950s to the 1990s looked very different from the way it has been done for the past 20 years. Economic conditions, societal views on who should lead local development, industrial growth patterns, available financing tools, abundance/scarcity of land and workforce, training of development staff, advancements in technology - have all shifted dramatically and impact how economic development is conducted. The session will begin with the presentation by Lofthus, followed by a discussion panel including both senior and newer economic development professionals.

Panelists: Mike Humpal, City of Fairmont; Janna King, Economic Development Services, Inc.; Mark Lofthus, Dakota Electric Association; Michael Mulrooney, CMDC


Mobile Workshop

The Mobile Workshop will show you three examples of the innovation behind economic development in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The first stop is at Consolidated Telecommunications Company, which was part of a public-private partnership a decade ago to bring a fiber optic network to the area. Offering high-speed internet has been responsible for a growing number of technology companies expanding here. The next stop is Range, a Deluxe Corp., company that offers marketing, printing and fulfillment services. What really makes Range special is that it's located in the Northern Pacific Center, which was established in the 1800s to build railway cars. An increasing number of businesses are locating in the buildings on the 47-acre site, including Round House Brewery, where the tour concludes.

Speakers: Sheila Haverkamp, Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation and Mike Bjerkness, Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation


Break with Exhibitors




Networking Boat Cruise

Includes dinner
Note: The cruise is limited to the first 116 people on a first-come-first-served basis.

Friday – June 30, 2017


Breakfast — Breakfast at Grand View is included in your registration fee.




Conference Prize Entry


EDAM 50th Anniversary Award Ceremony


Keynote Address

Speaker: Chris Coleman, City of Saint Paul


Conference & Golf Outing Prize Selection


Break with Exhibitors


Breakout Sessions: Choose One

What it Takes to Get Your Brownfields and Redevelopment Project Done: Local Partners, Environmental Expertise and Financing — 1 CM credit (AICP)

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Find out about three integral components to Brownfield Redevelopment. DEED staff will discuss grant financing options for Environmental Investigations and Cleanups, and also funding available for Demolition and Redevelopment. Staff presenting from the city of Mankato will describe their role in coordinating several cleanup and redevelopment projects, and also you will hear from an environmental consultant who will explain the technical aspects of a Brownfields redevelopment project. You should have a better understanding on how the pieces fit together to make these projects happen. If you have not redeveloped a brownfields site before, this is a good way to learn the players and lingo to get you started.

Speaker: Kristin Lukes, Brownfields and Redevelopment, MN Department of Employment and Economic Develpoment; Mike Hultgren, American Engineering Testing; Kristin Prososki, City of Mankato

Building Child Care Capacity - A Community Partnership Approach — 1 CM credit (AICP)

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This presentation will focus on how to research the need for child care, partnering to address the need, the perspective of an employer on the impact of child care on business, and the experience of people working on opening a child care center. The Lake City EDA has conducted research to document gap between available child care spaces and demand in Lake City and the counties. Information is from US Census tools, interviews with local child care providers, conversations and data collection from Minnesota non-profits, and a local employee survey. We will share a research template and efforts to share the research with the community to gain support to address the issue. Two major employers are partnering with the EDA on a solution. At least one will present their perspective and steps they are taking. A local couple is investigating requirements to open a center and have interviewed other child care center owners. They will share their journey and insights with attendees.

Speakers:Brian English, Hearth & Home Technologies and Lisa Babington, Lake City EDA


Break with Exhibitors


Breakout Sessions: Choose One

YMCA Impact on Communities from Real Estate Perspective to Social Good — 1 CM credit (AICP)

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The presentation will give a brief history of the Y and it's impact on society and then focus on it's social impact in a community, how new Y's or redevelopment of existing asset (community center or other) partner with communities to address health & wellness as well as social needs.

Speakers: Anita Lancello Bydlon, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Mining for Talent: Education-Based Economic Development

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The five colleges of the Northeast Minnesota’s Higher Education District (NHED) have coined a new mantra; “education‐based economic development”. This mantra is at the center of all that they do. Located in the heart of mining country on Minnesota’s beautiful Iron Range, NHED has developed a portfolio of programs and initiatives that support and position industry, not just as partners, but as a critical voice of reason in the effort to re‐make the college experience to be proactive instead of reactive and in turn, creating the most highly skilled workforce in the world. In this session, you will hear two regional educational leaders discuss what it means to be leaning forward in areas such as engineering education, customized training and continuing education, technical education in the high schools, the role a unique regional economic development agency plays in their region in shaping a skilled workforce that is ahead of the state and national average in two‐year degree attainment. You will also hear about challenges that were overcome along the way along with lessons learned.

Speakers: Dr. Trent Janezich, Advanced Minnesota; Roy Smith, IRRRB, and Applied Learning Institute

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