October 16, Business Forum will feature GreaterMSP

Michael Langley #2The October 16, Business Forum is titled “The Leading Edge of East Downtown Development,” and will feature GREATER MSP CEO Michael Langley. Langley will review GREATER MSP’s Strategic Vision for the East Downtown Business District.

This month’s business forum is FREE to attend. The Hyatt Place Hotel is offering a complementary lunch to all attendees. In lieu of paying for lunch; however, the EDC Board invites attendees to make a voluntary contribution to the newly established EDC Community Advocacy Fund. Registration is still required. Please RSVP by sending an email to info@edcmpls.org by no later than Monday, October 13, at Noon.


1. Welcome and Introductions, Paul Mellblom, President EDC, Dan Collison, Executive Director EDC (10 Minutes)

2. Ryan-Wells Fargo Construction Update, Mike Ryan, Director of Architecture and Engineering, Ryan Companies (5 Minutes)

3. Greater MSP Presentation, Michael Langley (30 Minutes)

4. Q & A Moderated by Dan Collison (10 Minutes)

5. Preview of the November EDC Forum (5 Minutes)

Click here to review a PowerPoint presentation regarding GreaterMSP’s Downtown East District Strategic Vision.


GREATER MSP  (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership) is a private non-profit organization (501C3) dedicated to providing public and private sector leadership, coordination and engagement to grow the economy of the 16-County Minneapolis Saint Paul region. With its economic development partners throughout the region, GREATER MSP is advancing a coordinated regional economic development strategy, a coordinated regional brand to promote the region’s assets, and a coordinated regional business retention, expansion, and recruitment program to stimulate capital investment and job creation in the region. For more information on Greater MSP please visit the organization’s Web site.


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The East Downtown Council is a business association whose economic development work is funded by membership dues from organizations within the Downtown East and Elliot Park neighborhoods of Minneapolis.

Now is the time to join the East Downtown Council as significant investment and attention will be placed on the Downtown East and Elliot Park neighborhoods over the next several years with the construction of the new Vikings stadium, and the redevelopment of the Star Tribune properties by Ryan Companies.

Please visit the new East Downtown Council Web site to RENEW or BECOME A MEMBER online. You can paying using your credit or debit card, or request to be invoiced.

The East Downtown Council provides its members with the following benefits:

Connection and Collaboration
We bring business and civic leaders together to catalyze economic opportunities that benefit everyone.

Advocacy and Resourcing
We advocate on your behalf with the City of Minneapolis, Downtown East and Elliot Park neighborhoods (The DEEP District) to facilitate business grants and strategic 21st century urban development.

Leadership and Voice
We integrate the thinking and leadership expertise of our small, medium and large organizations into a cohesive representation of our collective economic growth goals.

There are six tiers of membership proportioned at affordable options for organizations of all sizes:

Individual ($50)
Offered to individuals seeking to invest in the district and network with business and civic leaders.

Bronze ($150)
Offered to home-based and emerging businesses with 1 or 2 employees.

Silver ($250)
Supporters who value the networking opportunities and recognition received through membership benefits. This level is suggested for companies with between 3 and 10 employees.

Gold ($350)
Supporters who give added support for ongoing membership benefits such as database development, website and administrative services. This level is suggested for companies with between 10 and 35 employees.

Leader ($750)
Leading businesses that seek to enhance development goals and promote a safe and productive environment for our business community. This level is suggested for companies with over 35 employees.

Platinum ($1,000)
Leading businesses that contribute and receive recognition as our highest level of supporters. Membership includes complimentary registration for one person to attend the 10 monthly business forums, mention and logo recognition at all business forums, and priority placement on the EDC website.

Prepaid Luncheon Coupons for Colleagues and Guests ($20)
Prepaid luncheon coupons for the September 2014 through June 2015 business forums may also be purchased with your membership for $20 each. Coupons will be delivered to you when you attend your first lunch, and may be used for other members of your organization or guests who attend with you.

Please RENEW or BECOME A MEMBER of the East Downtown Council online. You can pay using a credit or debit card, or request to be invoiced.

September 18, Business Forum will feature Valspar and Kraus Anderson

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The September 18, business forum will feature Valspar’s new Applied Science and Technology Center in the Downtown East neighborhood, as well as Kraus-Anderson Construction.

The event will take place the VAST Center – 312 11th Avenue South.  Map of VAST Center Campus for parking and building entrance information.

The cost to attend the event is $20, which can be paid at the door.  To register, please send an email to info@edcmpls.org by no later than Monday, September 15, at 4 p.m.

Kraus Anderson


Valspar Corporation is the fifth-largest manufacturer of paints and coatings in the world, with $4.1billion in annual revenue, and traces its beginnings to 1806. In 2012-2014 Valspar contracted with EDC Member Kraus-Anderson Construction Company and spent more than $30 million to restore an 87,000 square foot vintage structure on S. 3rd Street that was once its headquarters. Kraus-Anderson achieved award-winning results and this important investment in East Downtown has contributed to the revitalization of our district next to the Hiawatha light-rail line. The building houses a “best-in-class” laboratory as well as meeting and office space.

Plan on attending this exciting launch of the 2014-2015 EDC Business Forum that will feature speaker Steven Erdahl, Executive VP and Dr. Cynthia Arnold, Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer of the Valspar Corporation along with John Campobasso, Vice President and Director of Marketing for Kraus-Anderson Construction Company. There will be a brief tour of the showroom portion of the newly renovated facility following the main presentation.


  • Welcome and Introductions, Paul Mellblom, President EDC, Dan Collison, Executive Director EDC (10 Minutes)
  • Stadium Construction Update, Tom Schmall, Mortenson Construction (5 Minutes)
  • Valspar Campus Renovation Presentation (30 Minutes)
  • Q & A Moderated by Dan Collison (10 Minutes)
  • Preview of the October EDC Forum (5 Minutes)


Steven Erdahl, Executive Vice President, The Valspar Corporation

Steve Erdahl is Executive Vice President of The Valspar Corporation, with responsibility for the company’s Global Wood business as well as for Valspar’s Global General Industrial business.  Since joining Valspar in 1974, Erdahl has held a series of finance, sales, and sales management positions of increasing responsibility and was elected a corporate officer in 1989, as Vice President, General Industrial.  After experience leading most Valspar businesses and functions, he was named Executive Vice President in 2002.  Steve also serves as lead director of MOM Brands.

Dr. Cynthia Arnold, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, The Valspar Corporation 

Dr. Arnold is responsible for global technology and development of Valspar’s coatings and paints, polymers and dispersions, overseeing an organization of approximately 1000 technologists located in 38 Valspar laboratories throughout the world. Prior to Valspar, Dr. Arnold served as the Chief Technology Officer of Sun Chemical, a global leader in pigments, inks and graphic arts coatings; Vice President of Technology of Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties for Eastman Chemical. She has held various technical leadership positions at General Electric.  She served for several years as a Sloan Executive Science and Engineering Fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House and is currently a member of the Board of the Minnesota Zoo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA.

John Campobasso

Vice President Director of Marketing, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

John joined Kraus-Anderson in 1992 and has led the company’s marketing and business development efforts since 2000. Prior to joining Kraus-Anderson John served as vice president and director of development for the St. Paul Port Authority. He is active in a number of professional and civic organizations including the Minneapolis East Downtown Council, Minneapolis Downtown Council/ Downtown Improvement District, Minneapolis Uptown Rotary and the Economic Development Association of Minnesota.

June 19 EDC Business Forum at Day Block Brewing Company

“Growth on Every Level: A Conversation with All Three City Council Members Representing the East Downtown.”

The next East Downtown Council Business Forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, at Day Block Brewing Company – 1105 Washington Avenue S.  Registration, networking and lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., with the EDC Update and guest presenters starting at Noon.

This month’s business forum’s guest speakers include the three Council Members who represent the Downtown East and Elliot Park neighborhoods: Third Ward Council Member Jacob Frey, 6th Ward Council Member Abdi Warsame and 7th Ward Council Member Lisa Goodman.

The cost to attend the EDC Business Forum is $15.  Please RSVP by sending an email to Christie Rock Hantge at info@edcmpls.org, by no later than Noon on June 16.


The City Charter for the Minneapolis requires redrawing City wards and Park and Recreation districts every year ending with a “2” and using most recent census data. The redistricting process that took place in 2012 has given the East Downtown District two new ward seats at City Hall. The expanded representation affords our district greater diversity and stronger connections to all that surrounds us.

Plan on attending the June business forum to hear all three East Downtown Council members, Jacob Frey (3rd Ward), Abdi Warsame (6th Ward) and Lisa Goodman (7th Ward) speak about how Minneapolis and our district can leverage surging redevelopment into holistic and meaningful density. This forum will include an extended time of question and answer.


11:30 a.m. to Noon – Registration, lunch and networking

Noon – Welcome and introductions by EDC President Dan Collison

12:05 pm – EDC Update by EDC President Dan Collison

12:15 pm – Panel discussion with Minneapolis City Council Members

12:45 pm – Q&A moderated by EDC President Dan Collison

1:00 pm – Announcements and Adjournment

2014 Minneapolis City Council Members

May 15, EDC Business Forum will feature the Minnesota Vikings

The next EDC Business Forum is coming up on Thursday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the 1010 Building – 1010 Metrodome Square. This month’s event will feature Steve LaCroix and Lester Bagley from the Minnesota Vikings.  More information to follow soon.

Registration, lunch and networking starts at 11:30 a.m., with the EDC Update and guest presentation starting at Noon.

Please RSVP by no later than Monday, May 12, at 4:00 p.m., by sending an email to info@edcmpls.org. The cost to attend the lunch is $15. Please pay with cash or check at the door.

Joint neighborhood meeting scheduled for May 15, 2014

Mark your calendars, the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc., Mill District Neighborhood Association and the East Downtown Council are co-hosting a joint neighborhood meeting on Thursday, May 15, at Open Book, at 6:30 p.m. The joint meeting is an opportunity for Ryan Companies to give downtown residents and businesses an update on their Downtown East Redevelopment Project.

EDC Annual Meeting scheduled for April 17 at the Normandy Inn

The next EDC Business Forum is the organization’s Annual Meeting. It is scheduled for Thursday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Normandy Inn. Registration, lunch and networking starts at 11:30 a.m., with the EDC Update, elections to the board of directors and guest presentation starting at Noon.  Please RSVP by no later than Monday, April 14, at 4:00 p.m., by sending an email to info@edcmpls.org. The cost to attend the lunch is $15. Please pay with cash or check at the door.


Dr. Jon PryorDr. Jon Pryor, MD, MBA, CEO of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. will share an update on Hennepin County Medical Center, including recent changes and additions to the system and areas of future focus.

Dr. Prior’s Bio

Dr. Pryor joined Hennepin Healthcare System as CEO in April, 2013. Before returning to the Twin Cities last year, he was CEO of the Medical College of Physicians, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s clinical practice group of physicians, advanced practice providers and other staff.

A urologic surgeon by training, Dr. Pryor was Chair of the Department of Urologic Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 2001-2006.

He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and was awarded a Bush Medical Fellowship in 2005. His education and training include a medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, an American Foundation of Urologic Disease Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, an MS in surgery from the University of Virginia, a BA in Physics from Carleton College, and two years of residency in the Hennepin County Medical Center Surgery Residency program.

He has been widely published in peer reviewed journals in the area of men’s health and urologic disorders.


1. Noon – Welcome and introductions by EDC President Dan Collison

2. 12:05 pm – President’s Report and Future Vision of the EDC

3. 12:13 pm – Presentation of EDC Board candidates and ballot

4. 12:20 pm – Introduction of HCMC CEO Dr. Jon Pryor

  • Update on HCMC’s 5-year strategic plan; including the new Downtown Medical Office Building project.

5. 12:45 pm – Q&A with Dr. Pryor moderated by EDC President Dan Collison

6. 1:00 pm – Announcements and adjournment