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The work of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota is carried out through its committees, with tasks assigned by the Board of Directors. Brief descriptions of each committee follow.

Get involved! Please contact a committee chairperson or the EDAM office to volunteer for service on an EDAM Committee.

Marketing and Communications Committee:

Effectively communicates EDAM’s mission, vision, and goals, both internally and externally, to promote economic development resources, opportunities and success stories in the State of Minnesota.

Committee Chair
Morgan Hill, Xcel Energy

Vice-Chair
Keith Dahl, City of Columbia Heights



EDAM U Committee:

Provides educational opportunities for EDAM members and the economic development community.

Committee Chair
Ling Becker, Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation

Vice Chair
Mary Matze, Hennepin County Community Works



Conference Committee:

Plans Summer and Winter Conferences that contribute to the EDAM mission of providing a forum for exchanging information, staying abreast of economic development strategies and practice and providing valuable networking and educational opportunities.  With EDAM Board input and approval the committee selects the topics and speakers, solicits sponsorships, and plans social events at conferences.

Committee Chair
Eric Maass, WSB & Associates, Inc.

Vice-Chair
Hanna Klimmek, City of Big Lake



Government Relations Committee:

Monitors legislation during each session of the Minnesota Legislature. The committee develops a legislative platform, based on member input, advocates for the platform issues at the legislature, coordinates an Economic Development Day at the Capitol with industry partners, and provides tools for members to get involved with advocacy.

Committee Chair
Chris Eng, Washington County Community Development Agency

Vice Chair
Judy Johnson
, GREATER MSP



Member Services Committee:

Focuses on membership retention and recruitment, enhancing the membership experience, and coordinating member recognition programs and events.

Committee Chair
Tim Johnson, Anderson Engineering

Committee Vice Chair
Christy Lewis, Opus Design Build, L.L.C.



Emerging Professionals Committee:

Plans activities, forges professional connections, and provides resources for emerging economic development professionals with a variety of backgrounds, typically with 10 or fewer years of experience in the profession.

Committee Chair
Jacquel Hajder, Anoka County

Committee Vice Chair
Anders Victor, GREATER MSP


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