The Minnesota Economic Development Foundation is hosting a two-day Academy August 7 & 8, 2017, at Hamline University, for Economic Development interns and new practitioners to broaden their understanding of the profession. Attendees will receive an overview of key elements of the profession, a ½ day tour of economic development projects and contact with a wide range of people active in the profession. Speakers and panelists will bring a variety of experiences, including urban, suburban, rural/small town and regional center. Interns will have an opportunity to network with their peers and learn from each other’s experiences.
Participation in the academy is free and encouraged for all interns participating in MN Economic Development Foundation funded internships and new practitioners. The maximum number of participants is 18. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, if needed. Classroom activities will be held at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Day 1: August 7, 2017
- Overview of economic development, integration workforce development and community development
- Economic Development Research – quantitative & qualitative
- Business site selection
- Real estate & site redevelopment
- Tour Saint Paul Port Authority (industrial)
- Tour – Minneapolis Riverfront & North Washington Industrial Park
- Tour – Hiawatha TOD, Lake Street, Midtown Greenway, Midtown Global Market, Allina/Honeywell initiative, dinner and Small Business assistance/entrepreneurship presentations
- Networking on the Anderson Terrace at Hamline
Day 2: August 8, 2017
- Business Retention
- Economic Development Marketing
- Financing and financial incentives
- Economic development organizations (city, county, non-profit, regional)
- Small town & regional center panel
- Strategic planning
- A career in economic development?
- Evaluation and networking
To register for the Academy RSVP now to Patrick Connoy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 612 308 2577