The Minnesota Economic Development Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a $2000 annual internship to honor past board member Alan A. Madsen, retiring City Administrator of the City of Maple Grove.
Al served on the Foundation’s board of directors in its early years, starting in 2003. He was instrumental in guiding and securing financing for the Foundation’s many programs and activities, including the establishment of a Legacy Fund to assist the Foundation’s future viability.
“I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Alan A. Madsen Internship Award,” said Foundation Chair Patrick R. Connoy,” to honor the state and local economic development achievements of Mr. Madsen. It is our hope that this award will not only financially benefit deserving student scholars entering the economic development industry, but also inspire students to follow his outstanding example of devoted public service.”
“Many current members of the Economic Development Association of Minnesota, the state’s premier economic development trade group, have been inspired by Al’s determined work ethic and strong leadership abilities. It is our hope that future industry leaders will be as well.”
In 2008 Mr. Madsen received the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation’s Legacy Award to honor him for his long-term commitment and contribution to the community, state and to the economic development profession in Minnesota. He also worked for the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development and the City of Maple Grove for 32 years as economic development director and city administrator.
Since its establishment in 2003, the Minnesota Economic Development Foundation has been “building stronger Minnesota Communities” by providing more than $250,000 in direct support to 250 communities and economic development students and practicing professionals throughout the State of Minnesota. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization, the Foundation is committed to cultivating the next generation of economic and community development leaders as a means of building the capacity of Minnesota communities that share its goal of sustainable growth and economic vitality.
For further information, contact Patrick Connoy at 612-308-2577 or visit www.mnedf.org .