EDAM Developer

July-August 2014 Issue


From the President

WOW what an incredible 2014 EDAM/IEDC Spring Conference!! A big thanks goes out to all of the EDAM members who attended our conference. With your help, we set a new attendance record, making it one of the most successful Spring conferences ever.

Highlights included a wonderful presentation by Gov. Mark Dayton, who spoke about Minnesota’s dynamic and growing economy, including a dramatic increase in job growth and new businesses coming to Minnesota. A big thanks also goes out to our EDAM Board, our Professional Development Committee and of course Michael Langley and all of Greater MSP’s staff for the amazing work they did in making this conference a huge successful.
EDAM’s next major events include:

  • July 24: Wayzata Bay Center/Downtown Redevelopment project and Boat Cruise – Come learn about the amazing redevelopment that has occurred in downtown Wayzata and given their City an amazing facelift. You won’t believe the changes! Following the formal program, enjoy a relaxing boat cruise and refreshments on the majestic Lake Minnetonka, and view the changes from the lakeside.
  • August 14: EDAM Summer Networking Event – Cowboy Jack's Downtown Minneapolis.
  • September 18: One-day EDAM conference! EDAM Fall Economic Development Forum – This will truly be one of the highlights of the year for our EDAM members. This very affordable one day conference is jam-packed with wonderful educational programing and networking opportunities. Keynote speakers include St. Cloud Mayor David Kleis and Chris Coborn, CEO and President at Coborn’s Inc. Come learn how Chris was able to grow his corporation into one of the largest and most successful companies in Minnesota.

We will again hold our 2015 Winter Conference at the Marriott NW in Brooklyn Park on January 22-23, and we will be back to Duluth in June for our 2015 EDAM Summer conference. Duluth has been well received by our EDAM members and a wonderful setting for our summer conference.

Lastly, this is an exciting time for EDAM. Striving to never be satisfied with where we are today, EDAM’s Board of Directors recently held a Strategic Planning Session for our Board Members and Committee Chairpersons to look at where EDAM sits today, develop new goals and strategies for our organization, and to see how EDAM’s members can continue to help move Minnesota’s economy forward. From this session, we have developed numerous strategic ideas for EDAM that will continue to improve our Association, making it Minnesota’s “Go To” organization for Economic Development. I am proud to say that EDAM is bigger, better and stronger than ever, and am confident that these new ideas will help EDAM continue to grow and prosper.

I hope to see everyone on July 24 in downtown Wayzata to learn about the innovative projects that EDAM members worked on, and cap off the day with a wonderful Boat Cruise on Lake Minnetonka. As always, please consider getting more involved in EDAM by joining a Committee, including the ever-popular Marketing and Communications Committee. Please email or call me if you want to learn how you can become more involved in EDAM.

In Memoriam: Long-Time Economic Development Professional, Colleague and Friend Douglas John Uhrhammer

Douglas John Uhrhammer, age 63, of Big Lake passed away at his residence on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Survived by his wife, Marcia Goossen; children, Nathan (Julie) Uhrhammer, April (Keith) Scheidt, Will Uhrhammer (fiancee Cyerra Hanson); 3 grandchildren; sister, Bonnie (David) McLellan; brother, Dan Uhrhammer; nieces and nephews. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. After the Army, he attended Mankato State University and received a B.S. Degree in Economics in 1974, and a M.A. Degree in Urban Studies in 1981. Doug worked in the Economic Development industry most of his life.

Event News

Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment Project Event

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July 24
3:00–6:00 p.m.
Wayzata Depot
Wayzata, MN
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Come enjoy a wonderful walking tour of the Wayzata Bay Center redevelopment project in Historic Downtown Wayzata, followed by a relaxing presentation and boat cruise on majestic Lake Minnetonka.

EDAM Summer Networking Event

August 14
4:00–7:30 p.m.
Cowboy Jack's – Downtown Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN
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Join EDAM as we celebrate our industry professionals with a night of fun, networking and door prizes.

Save the Date: EDAM Fall Forum

September 18, 2014
River's Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN

Now accepting sponsors for the 2014 EDAM Fall Forum

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2015 EDAM Winter Conference

January 22-23, 2015
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Brooklyn Park, MN

2015 EDAM Summer Conference

June 3-5, 2015
Duluth, MN

Industry Events

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 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/

Member News

University of Minnesota Extension Congratulates
2014 Business Retention and Expansion Attendees

The University of Minnesota Extension held its 2014 Business Retention and Expansion In Your Community course from January to March. The following Minnesotans earned their certificate of completion for finishing the course. Read More

Angel Loan Fund Program

The State Small Business Credit Initiative funded Angel Loan Fund Program (ALF) has proven to be a fantastic complement to the state’s highly successful Angel Tax Credit Program. Read More

Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Program: Closed… Again!

The 2014 Angel Tax Credit Program blew through its initial $12 million in credits in a record breaking short time this year and closed on March 3rd. Read More

Brownfield Redevelopment Workshops Coming to Moorhead and Worthington

The Cities of Moorhead and Worthington, along with several others, are offering three free brownfields workshops this summer and fall. 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 President
    Short Elliott Hendrickson
    (320) 229-4386

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