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Don’t Just Work...Network

The adage about "who you know” being more important than "what you know” still holds true in the modern business world. Networking and the open exchange of ideas can be vital in finding new ways to meet the rapid-fire changes in the current economy.

The Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) was originally formed in 1967 and for fifty years has provided development professionals like you with a forum to exchange information to help you stay abreast of current economic development strategies and practices. EDAM serves as a key conduit between the state’s best and brightest people to promote economic growth in every corner of the state.

EDAM advances the profession of economic development through education, leadership, legislative initiatives, monitoring of best practices, and networking. Whether you are a seasoned professional or someone new to the field, EDAM will provide you with the resources you need to succeed.

Benefits of Membership:

  • Education and networking sessions
  • Continuing education credits
  • Valued legislative efforts, education, information and access
  • Peer-to-peer Networking
  • Alliances with partner organizations around the state
  • Semi-annual conferences
  • Bi-monthly newsletter
  • Annual membership directory

Membership Means More

EDAM is the place where Minnesota’s professionals dedicated to economic growth stay connected to events, resources and hot topics within the industry. This is the place to update your knowledge of emerging development techniques, tools and concepts.

People have been members of EDAM for decades to improve their level of development expertise. When they get here, they realize that the search for a great professional association is over.

Connected with the Best

EDAM members are development specialists in specific professions and organizations, including:

  • City EDAs and development agencies
  • Public and non-profit development agencies
  • Architects, engineers, builders and developers
  • Commercial and industrial real estate specialists
  • City and county officials
  • Corporate real estate professionals
  • Economic development specialists
  • Financial consultants
  • Regional, state and federal development groups
  • Utilities and railroads
  • Students

Golden Opportunity

 EDAM Medalist Members are organizations that have expressed their strong support for EDAM’s mission by making larger financial contributions. In recognition of the extraordinary support, Medalists are given substantial promotion year-round. Bronze members are recognized at our two annual conferences and are listed in every issue of the newsletter. In addition to the Bronze benefits, Silver Medalists receive a booth at one of the conferences. Gold members have the special benefits of having a table at events and an article in the Developer Newsletter in addition to the Silver benefits.

Enhanced Interaction

The EDAM Web site,, is continually improved to strengthen the network among members. The site acts as a hub for those involved with economic development to find one another, discuss important issues and hear about events.

Faced with a business challenge and thinking that you’re alone? The EDAM Web site’s members-only features include a place for the open exchange of ideas and the pooling of knowledge needed to meet such hurdles and clear them in stride.

EDAM has a strong presence at the Minnesota Legislature, spearheaded by volunteers and executed with the assistance of a professional lobbyist. An annual issue briefing paper and up-to-the minute legislative information are available to EDAM members.

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