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The Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation will be hosting its 2017 Annual Dinner on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Vadnais Heights Commons. At this event, three annual business awards will be presented to area businesses.
The event included social hour, dinner, award presentations, and a keynote. The 2017 keynote speaker is Matt Birk.
Matt Birk grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. After high school, Matt attended Harvard University and earned a degree in Economics. While playing for the Harvard Crimson, he received several football honors, including All-Ivy League and Division I-AA All-American.
Matt was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 draft. Appearing in 228 career games, including 18 playoff contests, Matt spent 11 seasons with Minnesota and 4 more with the Baltimore Ravens. He was named the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his off-the-field service, as well as his playing excellence.
Matt has a passion for children and education, and has focused a great deal of his energy on promoting literacy among the youth in his communities. In 2002, he created the H.I.K.E. Foundation (Hope, Inspiration, Knowledge, Education) in Minnesota.
In February, 2013 after a 15 year career in the NFL and a Super Bowl XLVII win with the Baltimore Ravens, the six-time Pro Bowl Center announced his retirement from playing football. In August, 2014 Matt accepted a position in New York with the National Football League as their Director of Football Development.
2016 Annual Dinner Awards
A highlight of the event was the recognition of area businesses and organizations who were bestowed VHEDC 2016 awards.
The Urgency Room was the recipient of the 2016 VHEDC Business Achievement Award. This award was created to establish special tribute for outstanding companies that continue to thrive and support the local economy. Recipients demonstrate excellence in their professional service industry. The Urgency Room specializes in the treatment of serious illnesses and injuries in adults, children and infants. Staffed with EPPA’s board-certified emergency physicians and clinicians, The Urgency Room provides exceptional medical care in an innovative and comforting environment. The UR is open from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year.
H.B. Fuller was the recipient of the 2016 Keith Warner Standard of Excellence Award. This honor is bestowed on a business that has shown a singular degree of excellence in the areas of business success, philanthropy and community service. H.B. Fuller, headquartered in Vadnais Heights, is a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives.
Du Fresne Manufacturing and the White Bear Lake Area Schools were the recipient of the 2015 VHEDC Partnership Award. The Community Partnership Award proudly recognizes our outstanding partners for their exemplary commitment and accomplishments. As collaborative partners, these organizations help the VHEDC to advance its mission of ensuring a thriving local business economy in Vadnais Heights and the surrounding areas. DuFresne Manufacturing is a precision sheet metal design, production and assembly company in Vadnais Heights. The White Bear Lake Area School District serves all or parts of Birchwood, Gem Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Little Canada, Maplewood, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Township. The school district, with a total population of approximately 50,000 residents, serves nearly 9,000 students PreK-12.
See 2016 Annual Dinner photos.