• 2017 CED Symposium Agenda

    Hamline School of Business annually presents the Community Economic Development Symposium (CED), bringing together professionals from business, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to address strengthening our communities through economic development and closing the income disparity gap.

    7:45–8:30 a.m. - Anderson Center 112

    Check-in and continental breakfast

    8:30–9:30 a.m. - Anderson Center 112

    Welcome and keynote address 

    Moderator: Ed Lotterman, Pioneer Press
    Anne McCarthy, dean, Hamline School of Business
    Neel Kashkari, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 

    The Federal Reserve is a giant in determining the health of our economy. Its decisions and leadership affect the largest financial institutions but also impact our cities, towns, and communities. St. Paul economist and Pioneer Press columnist, Ed Lotterman, will interview Neel Kashkari about the state of the economy, the role he sees local community developers play in our financial health, and what lies ahead in the future for community development corporations (CDCs).

    9:30–9:45 a.m.


    9:45–10:45 a.m.

    Breakout Sessions I 
    Session A: Building Development by the River - Anderson Center 304

    Explore the importance of community development in the vicinity of our iconic Mississippi River, especially regarding new capital investment in properties and creation and retention of jobs in lower income neighborhoods. Discussion will include the many challenges and successes of community-based neighborhood revitalization; the importance of good design and market-based development; financing packaging necessary to achieve community economic development goals; and the vital component of partnerships among the community, various consulting groups, and public officials at different levels of government.

    Moderator: Lorrie Louder, adjunct Faculty and career mentor, Hamline University.; retired SVP, Saint Paul Port Authority

    • Brian Miller, executive director, Seward Redesign
    • John Vaughn, executive director, East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC)
    • Darlene Walser, executive director, Riverfront Corporation

    Session B: Dubuque – A Story of Revival - Anderson Center 305

    How did a small, rust-belt city go from the highest unemployment rate in the country in the 1980s to one of the lowest in 2017? How did this community go from 37,700 jobs to 62,000? Why was this community recognized by the National Civic League as an All-America City in 2007, 2012, and 2013? It’s all about planning, partnerships, and people creating a viable, livable, and equitable community.

    Presenter: Mike Van Milligen, city manager, Dubuque, Iowa

    11:00 a.m.–noon Breakout Sessions

    Session A: New Americans - ANderson Center 304

    HAP (Hmong American Partnership) is a microlender that provides one-on-one technical assistance both pre- and post-loan and has lent money to 55 small business owners to date. HAP loan officer Hussein Ahmed will lead a panel of new Americans who have started small businesses with HAP financing. They will discuss their experiences and what it takes to develop a new business as a new American.

    Moderator – Hussein Ahmed, program coordinator for Small Business Lending, Housing & Economic Development for Hmong Americans (HAP)

    • Mohamed Ali, Quickstart Early Learning Center
    • Abdirahman Kahin, owner and CEO, Afro Deli & Catering

    Session B: Rural Economic Development - Anderson Center 111

    Tim Penny, president of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and former member of Congress, will lead a panel highlighting a local foods project that brought together nonprofits, state agencies, bankers, and the Mayo Foundation to highlight the unique growing conditions in the Minnesota river valley region and the economic development it has brought to local food growers in a changing agricultural landscape. Panelists will discuss the efforts culminating in the FEAST Local Foods Network, winner of an Environmental Initiative Award.

    Moderator: Jeannie Fox, professor of practice, director of nonprofit programs and co-director of public administration programs, Hamline School of Business

    • Paul Hugunin, director of marketing and development division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    • Tim Penny, president and CEO, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
    • Brett Olson, creative director, Renewing the Countryside
    • Sai Thao, emerging agribusiness lending program, AgStar Financial Services 

    12:15–1:00 p.m.

    Lunch and Keynote Address - Anderson Center 112

    Lorna Bourg, president and CEO, Southern Mutual Help Association

    Lorna Bourg and acknowledged leaders in the field of community development will share with symposium participants stories of the successes of her organization and lessons Minnesotans can learn from her work, as innovation and dedication to the mission of the Southern Mutual Help Association (SMHA) have created affordable housing and a better quality of life for the fishers and farmers of her region. Always a forward thinker, Bourg will share what she sees ahead and why engaging the community is and will be a key to the future of community development.

    1:00–1:30 p.m. 

    Wrap-up with Lorna Bourg and panelists from morning sessions

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