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Jason Aarsvold has been a Municipal Advisor in Ehlers’ Roseville office since September 2013 assisting Minnesota cities to design and implement financial solutions.  Prior to joining Ehlers, he had 16 years of municipal development and finance experience.  Jason has analyzed and negotiated some of the most complicated municipal development and redevelopment projects in our region, navigating complex financial issues and creating new, innovative development and legislative strategies.  One of Jason’s greatest contributions to Ehlers and his clients is his depth of understanding of the development process, public finance, community building, public policy, and public-private partnership management.  His wide range of economic development experience includes everything from repositioning multi-family housing projects to working with multi-national corporations.

Stacy Arnold is a Project Manager at RJM Construction.

Kirstin Barsness has been an economic developer since the beginning of EDAM. She’s worked with towns that you’ll miss if you blink and those where a parking ticket will lead to bankruptcy.  One truth she’s learned, when it comes to the impact of economic development – (community) size doesn’t matter, the people do.  Kirstin’s drive to help people be their best led to the unexpected detour of becoming a life coach.  As a coach, she helps her clients move from feeling stuck to being the rock stars of their lives.

Samantha DiMaggio is the newly hired Community Development Director for the City of Le Sueur. Prior to joining the City of Le Sueur, Samantha worked as the Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Shakopee and was involved in the recruitment and expansion of Rosemount Inc., Amazon, Shutterfly, Inc. and Entrust Datacard. Samantha's career know-how and program familiarity made her an asset to the City of Shakopee's economic development efforts. She successfully applied for and received over $5 million in state funds to facilitate business expansions in the City. Samantha's career experience includes over a decade with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Where, for a majority of those years, she served as a Senior Loan Officer. Her primary responsibilities at DEED included project management as it pertained to the Job Opportunity Tax Credit Program (JOBZ), the Minnesota Investment Fund Program (MIF) and the Border Cities Program as well as.   She has also worked as an elementary teacher and in DEED's workforce centers, experiences which have helped fuel a passion for linking workforce development with her business development efforts.

Mindy Bohumolski is Director, Marketing at RJM Construction.

Ann Duginske Cibulka, MBA is Development Manager of Real Estate – Healthcare at Ryan Companies US, Inc. She is an experienced professional in real estate development, business advising, strategic planning and project management. Her leadership role at Ryan Companies offers her experience in all phases of real estate development and executive project management. She has significant experience in the full real estate development cycle, leading customers and project teams through the development of an initial project vision and strategic plan, to financial analysis and feasibility testing, and ultimately to project execution, lease-up, and tenant operations. Ann’s personal mission is to live and work in a way that makes a meaningful, positive impact on others and her community.

Stuart Gray has been in the business of serving others since 1976 when he began his career track by operating a sales and service business of delivering a daily newspaper route in Upstate New York. He then began his hospitality career at the local pizza joint in his home town in New York. Following college he was recruited by a national pizza chain to train and lead one of their restaurants. Gaining front and back-of-the-house management experience he went on to run a high-volume steak house before moving into food service sales for a leading national industry supplier. For more than 19 years, Stuart served the hospitality industry as a highly decorated Sales Leader before becoming Director of Training and Sales Leadership. In 2005 Stuart left corporate life to pursue his passion to help top independent and multi-unit operators improve their level of hospitality. Today Stuart owns and operates Hospitality ROCKS and the Blue Collar Sales Guys, focusing on his true passion for training, recruiting and speaking for the hospitality industry.

Sheila Haverkamp, BLAEDC’s Executive Director, has played a key role in economic development projects in the Brainerd Lakes Area for over 30 years, facilitating and leading the economic development vision for the Brainerd Lakes Area. She is connected to decision makers and is dedicated to seeing projects through to completion. Sheila is a certified Economic Development Specialist and is recognized by local, regional, and state leaders for her knowledge in community and economic development. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance, Management and Marketing from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She regularly attends conferences and seminars related to her profession. Sheila is a wealth of information and has numerous contacts and networks in the Brainerd Lakes Area and beyond.

Ross Hedlund is Senior Vice President at Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate.

Jennifer Hellman, COO/Principal at Goff Public, is a sought-after expert in reputation management, crisis consulting and preparedness, media relations, and strategic communications. She has two decades of experience helping clients navigate difficult situations, serving as a trusted, behind-the-scenes advisor on many high-profile stories and issues. As Goff Public’s lead media trainer and spokesperson coach, Jennifer has trained thousands of business and community leaders on how to work with the media and deliver effective and authentic messages.

Morgan Hill is a Corporate Economic Development Analyst for Xcel Energy where she promotes business growth throughout Xcel Energy’s service territory by providing research and analyses, as well as program and project management. Prior to Xcel Energy, Morgan served as Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Hastings and Project Manager on the Business Development Team for GREATER MSP. Morgan is a current EDAM Board member and also serves as the Chair of the EDAM Marketing Communications Committee. She holds a BA in Marketing and Management, as well as her MBA, both from the University of North Dakota. She also holds her Economic Development Finance Professional certification, attained through the National Development Council.

Mike Humpal, CEcD is City Administrator for the City of Fairmont. He is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. He holds a B.S. in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He completed IEDC’s Economic Development Institute in 1992 and received his CEcD (Certified Economic Developer) in 1994. Mike also is a Certified Economic Finance Professional through the National Development Council. Mike was a Community Economic Development Specialist for the Omaha Metropolitan Area Planning Agency from 1987 through 1995. Mike has been with the City of Fairmont Minnesota population 11,000 since 1995; holding the positions of Community Development Director and Assistant City Administrator. Mike was appointed to a dual role as City Administrator/Community Development Director in May 2012; his role is the chief administrator officer for the city responsible for all city operations. Mike and his wife Mary have two children ages 27 and 26. Hobbies include spending time with family, fishing, hunting, skiing and boating.

Greg Hunt is Economic Development Coordinator at City of St. Louis Park.

Adam Kienberger is the Community Development Director for the city of Farmington where he manages development activities related to economic development, planning, and building inspections.  Prior to Farmington he spent nearly nine years at the city of Lakeville as the Economic Development Specialist. As a recent past president of EDAM, he offers a perspective that bridges gaps between different levels of government to build a successful business environment. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an Economic Development Certificate from Hamline University.

Bob Kill is President & CEO of Enterprise Minnesota. In this role, he leads the organization’s efforts to achieve its strategic, growth, and operational goals. A long-time manufacturing executive, Bob is passionate about helping manufacturers grow and bringing attention to manufacturing as a driver of Minnesota’s economy. Bob is committed to connecting public and private stakeholders of manufacturers together in order to foster the collaboration needed to produce a thriving manufacturing industry. Bob is recognized as a spokesperson for Minnesota's manufacturing industry and is regularly quoted in national and regional media on manufacturing trends and industry outlook. He has appeared before the Minnesota State Legislature and the U.S. Congress emphasizing the high value of manufacturing to our economy. Bob received national recognition in 2010 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), as Group Innovator, for the State of Manufacturing® strategy. In 2011 he was recognized by Twin Cities Business Magazine as “one of 200 Minnesotans you should know” noting he is helping all understand that “making something” is cool again. Prior to leading Enterprise Minnesota, Bob served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Ciprico Inc., a manufacturer of high performance data and networking systems. Before joining Ciprico, he served in senior management positions with Northern Telecom Inc. His career in manufacturing began with the Burroughs Corporation. Bob serves on the Minnesota Agriculture and Economic Development Board, University of Minnesota-Morris Chancellor’s Advisory Board, Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence Advisory Council, and formerly served on the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board. Additionally, he has served on numerous industry boards, including software, technology, manufacturing, and startup companies. An avid bicyclist and golfer, both of which Kill has little time for because he is so dedicated to helping manufacturing enterprises grow profitably.

Hanna Klimmek is the Community Development Director and EDA Executive Director for the City of Big Lake. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a mass communications/public relations degree in 2004. Since 2004, Hanna has worked in community development holding various positions through a non-profit, a county, and now a city. Most of her career, thus far, has been committed to housing where she has experience with first-time homebuyer programming, housing development, housing rehabilitation, housing health and safety inspections, writing federal grants for homeless service providers, and awarding federal grant applications for affordable housing opportunities. Hanna accepted her current position with the City of Big Lake in 2015, and has embraced the career shift into economic development. Her priorities with the City have been and continue to be BR&E, building and maintaining positive relationships with pretty much everyone, recruiting businesses/employers and investors, marketing/selling available city-owned land, housing development, and growing the Youth Apprenticeship Program in partnership with Big Lake Schools. In addition, she enjoys serving on the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board, the Sherburne County Public Health Advisory Council, the Sherburne County EDA Board, the Big Lake Work-Based Learning Advisory Committee, and the EDAM Conference Committee. 

Allison Liuzzi is Project Director of Minnesota Compass. She works with a team of researchers to describe and measure progress on topics related to our shared quality of life in Minnesota. She has particular interest in demographic trends, employment and workforce development, and immigration. Allison joined Wilder Research in the spring of 2012.

Joe Mulford is the president of Pine Technical and Community College, located in Pine City. Pine Technical and Community College serves more than 3,300 students and awards certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees. Mulford has served Minnesota State Colleges and Universities as system director for education industry partnerships since 2013. His previous experience includes positions at Hennepin Technical College, Anoka Technical College, Century College, and Globe College. He holds an associate degree from Moorhead State University (now Minnesota State University Moorhead), a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University, and a master’s degree from Metropolitan State University. He is completing a doctorate from the University of Nebraska.

Lynne Osterman is Executive Vice President at Minnesota Opportunity Zone Advisors. She loves working with individuals, organizations and community groups to impact the trajectory of Minnesota's future economy. Her past experience includes: Not-for-profit and association management, most recently as a consultant to University Enterprise Laboratories - UEL; five years leading a five-state interactive resource for materials researchers; eight years in the Chamber of Commerce field in St. Cloud, MN & Milwaukee, WI.   She has been a recovering legislator since 2004, when a term as a member of the MN House of Representatives concluded. Since then, she has served as a Legislative Advocate for a variety of clients since 2005.

Jackie O'Connell is President & CEO of IPS Cranes.

Craig Patterson is VP of Development at Kraus-Anderson Development Company. He is a seasoned real estate development professional with more than 25 years of experience in development, sales, acquisition and leasing of commercial and multifamily projects around the Midwest. His accomplished track record of delivering superior results spans multiple markets for Fortune 500 and regional corporations.

Duane Poppe, SIOR CCIM, Principal with Lee & Associates, brings an impressive background of industrial sales, leasing, and real estate to the Twin Cities market. Prior to Lee & Associates, Duane was the Vice President with Transwestern’s Minneapolis office specializing in industrial sales and leasing within the North Metro of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Duane also spent nine years with Cassidy Turley where he headed the industrial Department, while playing an active role on the firm’s Corporate Services team and the Management Committee. In 2005 Duane was recognized with the Cassidy Turley Rising Star Award, Dorsey Circle of Excellence Award for production, and the MNCAR Rising Star of the Year. He has been named a CoStar Power Broker on several occasions, and consistently been a finalist for the MNCAR Transaction of the Year. He began his career as an investment executive with Piper Jaffray in 1995, after he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia College. Duane also helps to improve his community through many leadership roles, most notably as the current Mayor and past City Council Official of the City of Osseo. He is also a member of the Osseo Economic Development Authority and the ISD Core Planning Team. Duane additionally finds time to lead the Osseo Maple Grove Hockey Association Hockey Team as head coach, as well as plan mission trips as trip leader for the Osseo Methodist Church Mission Commission.

Matt Rauenhorst is Vice President & General Manager at Opus Development Company, L.L.C. In this role, Matt leads the day-to-day operations of the Minneapolis and Des Moines offices and directs the development team. He is primarily focused on creating new multifamily, industrial, office and retail development opportunities. Matt has 13 years of real estate and development experience. Since joining Opus, Matt has overseen the development of more than 2,000 residential units, 1.5 million square fee  of industrial projects and 300,000 square feet of retail.

Kathi Schaff is responsible for the development, management, and training needs of the over 70 local chambers and economic development entities that comprise the Grow Minnesota! Partnership. In addition, she is involved in statewide business assistance on concerns resulting from partnership business retention visits. Hired in 2006, Kathi is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. She also holds a master’s degree in Community and Economic Development from Penn State University. Prior to joining the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Kathi served over 9 years as the president of the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce. She has experience in community development, serving 8 years as a city planning commissioner.

Damon Shoholm is Director of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, which provides established leaders the opportunity to gain clarity around values, purpose and those things that matter most to them. Damon also provides facilitative and consulting services on behalf of Wilder to organizations, companies and institutions seeking staff or board development and engagement. Damon sums up his real job description as supporting change makers among us in multiple ways and at multiple entry points in community.

Paul Steinman, CIPMA has almost 30 years of experience working in and for the public sector.  He has an extensive working knowledge of public finance, development and redevelopment tools, strategic planning, long-term operational finance and capital improvement planning.  He has a solid understanding of public policy issues related to project financing and economic development and has maintained successful client relationships by providing strategic, value-added solutions based upon his experiences working through everyday challenges facing local government. 

D’Angelos Svenkeson leads THOR Development, with a focus on building client relationships and impacting emerging communities. He began his career working with renowned Full Spectrum founder Carleton Brown. He also worked for the Metro Council Partnership for Regional Opportunities and the Seward Neighborhood.

Amanda Taylor is the Director of Research at GREATER MSP.  Amanda provides intelligence and analytical expertise to inform business investment decisions and the execution of strategic initiatives that will accelerate economic competitiveness and inclusive economic growth across the Greater MSP region.  Amanda brings 12 years of experience in economic development and corporate site selection to the organization. Prior to joining GREATER MSP, Amanda was a site selection consultant and director of research with McCallum Sweeney Consulting in Greenville, South Carolina, providing site selection, incentives negotiation, and workforce analyses services.  Corporate site selection clients included Michelin, Northrop Grumman, Dollar General, and Aerojet Rocketdyne. She also engaged in economic development strategy and location competitiveness consulting with clients including the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Arkansas Economic Developers Association, Charleston (SC) Regional Development Alliance, and Enterprise Florida. Amanda also spent four years in project management and research roles with the Savannah (GA) Economic Development Authority, supporting significant capital investment and job creation decisions by companies like Gulfstream Aerospace and Mitsubishi Power Systems. Amanda earned her Master of City and Regional Planning at Clemson University and was honored with the American Institute of Certified Planners award. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, double majoring in Geography and Economics.  Amanda is an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate (LEED® Green Associate).

Sara Thatcher, Account Director at Goff Public, combines her deep knowledge of traditional media strategies with emerging and new techniques to help clients build comprehensive communications plans. She has worked with local governments and on economic development projects across the Twin Cities for nearly a decade – including CHS Field, Palace Theater, Rice Creek Commons, and Higher Ground Saint Paul. The common thread through all of Sara’s work is a focus on helping citizens better understand and connect with their community and their government.

John Uphoff is Executive Director of the Benton Economic Partnership, an economic development organization based in Benton County, MN. In this role, he identifies assets embedded in Benton County and delivers strategies to enhance and capitalize on those assets. He also focuses on business retention & expansion, business attraction, small business development, workforce development, urban redevelopment.

Jeff Von Feldt serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Duffy Development Company and President of Northstar Residential. He has an extensive background in affordable housing including site selection, design, construction oversight and asset management. Prior to his 18+ years with the firm, he served as Senior Housing Development Officer with the Multifamily division of Minnesota Housing and as the Director of Property Management for the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Jeff has a BS in Housing from the University of Minnesota and is a certified Housing Development Finance Professional.  Jeff has served on several boards including HousingLink, Metro-wide Engagement on Shelter and Housing and the U of M College of Human Ecology Alumni Association.  His volunteer activities also include Minnetonka youth sports, Many Hands Many Meals and Mount Calvary Church. Jeff is committed to the principle that safe affordable housing is the foundation of stability and self-sufficiency. He feels fortunate to work within a firm that reflects his values.

Tim Walker joined Pequot Tool & Manufacturing in 2001 as a CNC Programmer and Tooling/Fixture Designer. Tim began his career in manufacturing in 1978 and completed an apprenticeship in Tool & Die Making in 1982. In 1987 he transitioned into mechanical design including high-speed stamping, and automated assembly equipment. Tim achieved GDTP Senior Level Certification per ASME Y14.5.2 in 1999 and continues to teach both in private industry and through an area community college. In 2012 Tim accepted the position of Training & Development Specialist at PTM. He most recently led the company ‘s effort to register their apprenticeship program with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Tim provides direction for the apprenticeship program and related grant funding. Tim and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of three married daughters with the recent addition of three grandsons. He is also an ordained minister and has pastored an area church for the last 19 years.

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