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EDAM 2021 Fall Conference

Join Baker Tilly as we present at the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) 2021 Fall Conference. This in-person event brings together economic development professionals throughout the state of Minnesota for educational sessions on economic trends and leading practices, in addition to providing an opportunity for professional networking.

Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors will present two sessions during the conference, covering opportunities for community transformation and revitalization in real estate as well as strategies for increasing regional tourism through recreation programs.

Baker Tilly sessions

Community Transformation: Leveraging Vacant Real Estate for Housing and Revitalization Opportunities

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021
1 – 2 p.m. CT

Many communities are dealing with the challenge of vacant or declining commercial and retail real estate values along with declining sales and property tax revenues. Affordable housing continues to be a challenge and a housing supply shortage has been making it more difficult for individuals to own and rent living space. In this session, Baker Tilly’s public sector economic development and real estate specialists will discuss the steps and strategies developers and governments can take to revitalize the community and provide housing for the growing population, including conducting market studies and mobilizing financial tools.


  • Mikaela Huot, Director, Housing and Economic Development, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors
  • Dan Kennelly, Director, Housing and Economic Development, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors
  • Diana Dyste, Manager, Real Estate Advisory, Baker Tilly

Driving Tourism and Economic Development Through Regional Recreation Programs

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. CT

In this interactive panel discussion, representatives from two communities in Minnesota—the City of Virginia and the City of Elk River—will tell their regional recreation project stories and share how they will implement their plans for future economic growth using the recreation projects as a catalyst. We will discuss opportunities to drive community growth through traditional economic development initiatives as well as dive into innovative ways to use recreation projects as a mechanism to attract individuals, families and workers to job and housing opportunities at existing businesses as communities continue to search for top talent and fill residences.


  • Paul Steinman, Director, Public Sector, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors (moderator)
  • Calvin Portner, City Administrator, City of Elk River, Minnesota
  • John Sullivan, Community Development Director, City of Virginia, Minnesota

 Visit the EDAM 2021 Fall Conference website for more information and to register.

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