Annual Economic Development Conference

The Kanabec County EDA hosts an annual Economic Development conference for the region's business community.  The purpose is to provide businesses with educational and networking opportunities to encourage business growth in the Kanabec County region.  

3rd Annual Conference - February 6, 2020

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Our 3rd annual conference is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at The Grand Event Center in Mora.  The theme of the conference is "Building a Family-Centered Workforce".  The draft schedule includes many important topics and speakers.  The conference is free to attend but since refreshments and a dinner buffet will be provided, registrations are required.  To register, please email or call Heidi at or 320-209-5031 with your name and business name.  Up to three hours of training credits will be available to Kanabec County family child care providers who attend the conference.  



2nd Annual Conference
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Thank you to those who attended our February 7, 2019 "Avoiding the Workforce Desert" conference despite the snow storm!  For those of you unable to attend, below are video clips of each session:

Video Clips of 2019 Conference (on YouTube)

Opening Remarks / Keynote (Duration: 36 minutes) 
Session 1:  High Schoolers Becoming Workforce Ready (Duration: 53 minutes) 
Session 2:  Statewide Workforce Programs for Businesses (Duration: 1 hour, 11 minutes) 
Session 3:  Local Workforce Shortgage Solutions (Duration: 53 minutes)  
Closing Remarks (Duration: 17 minutes) 

2019 Sponsors
Gold:  Neighborhood National Bank, ECRDC, GPS 45:93, Minnesota Energy Resources, &
First Citizens Bank, City of Mora and Pine Technical & Community College
Silver:  East Central Energy & Mora Area Chamber
Bronze:  Mora Public Schools & Nemadji Research Corp

1st Annual Conference

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Thank you to those who attended our February 8, 2018  "Developing Rural Businesses in a Global Economy" conference.  
The highlight of the conference was a business panel who shared international business stories with the audience.  

Video Clip of 2018 Business Panel
(on YouTube)
International Business Here Now (Duration: 60 minutes) 

2018 Presentation Handouts
MN Chamber of Commerce - Bill Blazar
MN Trade Office - Gabrielle Gerbaud
MN DEED - Luke Greiner

MN DEED - Bob Isaacson

ECRDC - Jordan Zeller

2018 Sponsors
Gold:  Neighborhood National Bank, ECRDC, GPS 45:93, Minnesota Energy Resources, Diversified Bronze &
First Citizens Bank
Silver:  City of Mora & Mora Area Chamber
Bronze:  East Central Energy &
Nemadji Research Corp

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