2013 EDAM Summer Conference

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Friday, June 28, 2013

Kristin LukesI look forward to seeing you at the EDAM Summer Conference on June 26-28 in Duluth!

Your Education Committee is planning another great conference full of high-quality professional development programming and excellent speakers to increase your skills and your awareness of new opportunities, in addition to networking events to build relationships with existing and new colleagues from throughout Minnesota. Feedback from last year’s summer conference indicated it was one of our most successful events…ever! We have used that momentum to build the program for this year, which will include a few surprises both in content and format. In addition, we are excited to collaborate with Positively Minnesota to host their quarterly meeting on the opening day of our conference.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Education Committee, a very special thanks to our generous sponsors for their support. Sponsorships and exhibit opportunities are still available. Don’t miss your chance to engage with these leading economic development decision makers!

I encourage you to register today for the conference. You won’t want to miss it!

Kristin Lukes, EDAM President


Wednesday, June 26
Noon to 3:45 p.m.

Positively Minnesota Quarterly Meeting
Site Selector Panel, Legislative Update

The Positively Minnesota Marketing Partnership is a group of professionals who support the vision of promoting the State of Minnesota to corporate real-estate executives and site selection consultants involved in expansion and relocation decisions. Today you will hear from National Site Selector Jeff Rossate, of Deloitte Consulting, and you will receive a legislative update from DEED leadership.

5 to 6 p.m.

President’s Welcome Reception & Social
Featuring hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, and President’s Award presented by Kristin Lukes, EDAM President

6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Lake Superior Harbor Cruise & Dinner
8:30 p.m. Grandma's Sports Garden Networking Event
Thursday, June 27
8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

Economic Development through Energy Efficiency: Resources for Businesses
Katherine Blauvelt, Office of Senator Al Franken; Jill Curran, Minnesota Waste Wise, Energy Smart Program; Laura Babcock, Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)

Are you working with a business or organization that wants to reduce its expenses by installing energy efficiency technology, but don’t know where to start? Learn about statewide programs that work with businesses to identify projects, analyze return on investment, and implement energy saving technologies. Learning how to connect businesses to technical assistance and financial incentives to fund energy projects is a valuable tool for today’s economic developer!

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

The Importance of Partnerships and Collaboration:  Leveraging Unique Resources to Drive Growth in Minnesota - Part 1
Brian Hanson, Area Partnership for Expansion (APEX); Michael Langley, Greater MSP; Jonathan Zierdt, Greater Mankato Growth; Dawn Hegland, Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission; Vicki Markussen, 7 Rivers Alliance; Patti Garland, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation; Moderator: Cathy Mehelich, City of St. Cloud

Today, economic development successes require more collaboration and unique partnerships. Whether you are a private or public, local, regional, or state practitioner, this session will leave you with many ideas and tactical take-aways. This two-part session will detail how six different economic development organizations successfully leverage public and private resources, engage many out-of-the-box partnerships, and create unique solutions. Speakers will discuss success stories, lessons learned, and engage with the audience to further discuss how together we can accomplish great projects in Minnesota resulting in job growth and capital investment.

10:15 to 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

The Importance of Partnerships and Collaboration:  Leveraging Unique Resources to Drive Growth in Minnesota - Part 2

See description above.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Recycling Funds
Carol Pressley, DEED; Thomas Leach, USDA Rural Development; Dan Dorman, Albert Lea Economic Development Agency

Do you have old DEED, DTED, DEED or USDA funds relaxing in your account? Are you looking to put these funds back to good use for the benefit of your community, town, and region? Let’s do it! At this session Carol Pressley, Senior Loan Officer of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, and Thomas Leach, Area Specialist, Rural Development, for the US Department of Agriculture, will discuss utilizing your RLFs and local LDOs (local development organizations) as a conduit to put these funds back to good use—for everyone’s gain. They will provide insight as to how much funding is “relaxing” in Minnesota, how the funds can be used, de-federalizing the CDBG “strings” and what we, as EDAM members, can do to put this money back to good use. To push the conversation home, we will hear from Dan Dorman, Director of Albert Lea Economic Development Agency, who has repurposed such funds. They will talk about funneling funds and projects through your LDO — providing you, the practitioner or fund recipient, more flexibility and less burden.

12:15 to 1:45 p.m.

Keynote and Lunch
Welcome by Mayor Don Ness, City of Duluth
The Theater of Public Policy Improv Group

The Theater of Public Policy is a unique improv comedy show from Minneapolis that makes civics fun again. Using conversations with leading thinkers on big issues as inspiration, the T2P2 cast crafts entirely unscripted comedy sketches about questions of politics and policy. Shows offer a fun, honest avenue for audiences to think and discuss real debates, without the standard political bickering.

The magic of improv theater allows the performers to follow the issue or solutions in interesting, unexpected directions. With lots of opportunities for audience interaction and a healthy mixture of serious thinking and lighthearted humor, there’s no other show quite like it.

2 to 4 p.m.

Minnesota’s Port Authorities…Our Gateway to the World!
Lucy McMartin, City of Winona; Louis Jambois, St. Paul Port Authority; Jeff Borling, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Randy Olson, Red Wing Port Authority

As a follow up to the morning sessions regarding partnerships and collaboration, this session will include presentations from four Port Authorities (Duluth, Red Wing, St. Paul & Winona) which represent distinctly different regions from across our great state. Join us in the atrium for a fantastic view of the aerial lift bridge and harbor and learn how each port is similar or different to each other, what each Port means to economic development in Minnesota and how each port collaborates with other ports, partners, businesses and/or entities to enhance economic development at the local, state, regional, national and global level.

4 to 6 p.m. Break
6 p.m.

Canal Park Lodge Shoreline Event, Dinner and Social

After an insightful day of programming, join your colleagues for dinner and networking, all while taking in the sights and sounds of Lake Superior! Please join us for a BBQ, live music, lawn games and a campfire with s’mores. Plus the location couldn’t be anymore convenient, as it will be held on the grounds of the Canal Park Lodge.

Friday, June 28
8:30 to 9 a.m. Minnesota Economic Development Foundation Presentation
Tim Clawson, Minnesota Economic Development Foundation Chair
9 to 10 a.m.

Idea Interchange, Part 1

Have the opportunity to engage in up to four different topics. Each round table will have a leader to start the process, with those who are present determining how the discussion unfolds.

Every 20 minutes you will be able to move to a new, fun and invigorating topic/discussion.

Tax Incentives — Good Development or Just Giving Away the Store?
Martha Ingram, Kennedy & Graven

How to Market Your Community
Adam Kienberger, City of Lakeville

Tips for Easy City Approval on Projects
Annie Deckert, Decklan Group

Be Prepared for Development Inquiries
Mark Lofthus, Dakota Electric Association

Integrating Economic Competitiveness into the Metropolitan Council’s Thrive MSP 2040 Plan
Janna King, Economic Development Services, Inc.; Libby Starling, Metropolitan Council

Government Support for Selling Goods and Services Overseas
David Edmiston, U.S. Commercial Service

Encouraging Entrepreneurs as an Economic Development Strategy
Christy Clay, Entrepreneur Fund

Legislative Issues Facing Minnesota Economic Developers
Gary Carlson, League of Minnesota Cities

Opportunities with Freight
Rail Economic Development
Libby Ogard, Prime Focus, LLC

10 to 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Idea Interchange, Part 2

See description above.

11:15 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Legislative Update
Lorrie Louder, St. Paul Port Authority, EDAM Legislative Committee Co-Chair;
Todd Schultz, City of Sauk Rapids, EDAM Legislative Committee Co-Chair

Get the latest on the outcomes of the 2013 legislative session.

11:40 a.m. to Noon Economic Development Update
Katie Clark Sieben, DEED Commissioner
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Keynote Presentation
George Goldfarb, President of maurices

1:30 p.m. Door Prize Drawings (Must be present to win)

Lodging Information

Canal Park Lodge
Reservations can be made online or by phone using the information below.

EDAM Group ID: 1325
EDAM Password: 37000590
Calling in: 1-800-777-8560 and ask for the EDAM attendee block
Deadline for EDAM Room Rates: June 10.

Thank You Sponsors

Harbor Cruise Food Sponsor

Xcel Energy Logo

Thursday Lunch Sponsor

Great River Energy

Vista Fleet Sponsor

Vista Fleet Sponsor


Friday Lunch Sponsor

Minnesota Power, An ALLETE Company

Live Music Sponsor

LHB Logo

President’s Reception & Social Sponsor


Food Station Sponsor

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Food Station Sponsor

Greater MSP

Food Station Sponsor

Northland Foundation

Food Station Sponsor

UMD Center for Economic Development

Beverage Sponsor

Short Eliot Hendrickson

Vino Bar Sponsor

Kraus Anderson

Canal Park Brewery Event Sponsor

RLK Incorporated

Canal Park Brewery Event Sponsor


Wireless Internet Provider

Positively Minnesota

Thursday Coffee Break Sponsor

Friday Coffee Break Sponsor

City of Duluth

In-Kind Sponsor

Carlson McCain

In-Kind Sponsor


In-Kind Sponsor




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