International economic development group meets in Twin Cities this week

About 400 members of the International Economic Development Council are in the Twin Cities this week for the group’s spring conference.

The theme is: “Economic Diversity, Innovation and Workforce Quality: Critical Building Blocks of a Globally Competitive Region.” Featured industries for this conference are manufacturing, retail, entertainment, aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and logistics.

The nonprofit group says it has 4,100 members around the world involved in economic development.

Organizers say the conference will “analyze trends in existing and emerging industries, while demonstrating how communities and regions can support, attract, and retain diverse sources of cluster-based activity amidst a changing global economic development landscape.”

The conference members, staying at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, will visit many locations around the metro area and are scheduled to hear from a host of local speakers, including:

  • Gov. Mark Dayton
  • St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
  • Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
  • Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead
  • Ecolab Chair Douglas Baker
  • U.S. Bancorp Chair Richard Davis
  • U of M President Eric Kaler
  • Schwan’s Executive VP Scott Peterson
  • MNSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone
  • U of M Carlson School Entrepreneurship Professor Myles Shaver
  • DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben
  • McKinsey Director Tim Welsh

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