EDAM Developer

January-February 2014 Issue


From the President

Welcome to 2014! EDAM had a very busy and extremely successful year last year, and even busier one set up for 2014! I want to extend a huge thank-you to our outgoing President, Kristin Lukes, for the best year ever for EDAM. With record numbers at both the winter conference and the summer conference, her tireless work and dedication to EDAM led our organization to the amazing year we had in 2013. This success has reestablished EDAM as the true leader in Minnesota for economic development. Please thank her next time you see her for the incredible work she did through 2013; she will be a difficult act to follow.

A special thanks also goes out to our Professional Development Committee, including our co-chairs Jim Crowl and Jared Andrews for their hard work in planning our 2013 conferences and educational programing events. A very special thanks goes out to our other chair, Scott Marquardt with the Southwest Initiative Foundation, for his endless work and dedication to EDAM with our programing and sponsorships. We really appreciate his amazing efforts, making EDAM stronger and more robust than ever!

Some of the highlights for 2013 included:

Winter Conference –“Hot Topics for a Cold Day,” in January at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka. In addition to outstanding educational sessions covering timely topics (such as economic gardening, social media strategies and tools, when the community freezes development, the economic impact of winter tourism, EDAM legislative priorities, and what’s hot in development) the conference also provided great opportunities to build valuable relationships with colleagues.

Summer Conference – Our registration record was shattered when 200 professionals joined us in June in Duluth for three days of high-caliber professional development and relationship building. Our robust educational program included excellent speakers and panelists, a new and highly successful “Idea Interchange” segment, a fun and unique luncheon session with Mayor Don Ness and the Theater of Public Policy Improv Group, and an inspirational closing keynote by the leader of one of Minnesota’s nationally-known and respected companies, George Goldfarb of Maurices. In addition to the great sessions and speakers at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, attendees enjoyed the fantastic weather outside while building valuable relationships during the Lake Superior Harbor Cruise, Grandma’s Sports Garden networking event, Canal Park shoreline dinner and social, and the incredibly fun beanbag toss tournament!

We express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to our conference sponsors and supporters: Xcel Energy, Great River Energy, Minnesota Power, LHB, Dorsey and Whitney, Coldwell Banker Commercial Griffin Companies, APEX, Greater MSP, UMD Center for Economic Development, Northland Foundation, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Blandin Foundation, SEH, Kraus Anderson, Springsted, Kennedy and Graven, DEED, Carlson McCain, Ehlers and Associates, Northspan Group, the City of Duluth, and the EDAM Young Professionals Group. Read More

Event News

EDAM Winter Conference

New Location
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Dr. N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Register online to attend

EDAM is proud to welcome our Keynote Speakers:
  • Dave St. Peter - President, Minnesota Twins
  • Brad Rixmann - President and CEO of Pawn America

Industry Events

2014 IEDC Spring Conference

Economic Diversity, Innovation, and Workforce Quality: Critical Building Blocks of a Globally Competitive Region

Radisson Blu Mall of America
June 1-3, 2014
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN 55424
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Save the Date to Attend the 2014 Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course

University of Minnesota Duluth
July 21-25, 2014

Join us in Duluth, Minnesota, during the peak summer tourism season for a truly unique economic development educational program: The Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC).

The Upper Midwest BEDC is an accredited course through the International Economic Development Council. For more information about this course and to register, visit: http://www.umdced.com/bedc/

Quick Links

Study Confirms Abundant Forest Resources

The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) recently released results following an extensive wood fiber availability analysis. The analysis was completed with an end goal of promoting new private sector investment to support forest resource processing and manufacturing operations in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Read More

Why the Change in Economic Development Strategy?

Minnesota has been reveling in good economic news of late. Unemployment is dropping. We moved to No. 8 on Forbes’ annual list of Best States for Business. The December forecast for the state budget shows a projected $1.08 billion surplus for the two-year cycle that began July 1. Read More

EDAM Board of Directors
  • Tim Korby
    (651) 292-4492

    Kristin Lukes
    Past President

    Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
    (651) 259-7451
  • Heidi Peper
    First Vice Vice President
    Short Elliott Hendrickson
    (320) 229-4386

    Christie Rock Hantge
    Second Vice President
    City of Norwood Young America
    (952) 467-1993