Strategic Partners

Strategic Partners 2017-08-09T10:58:05+00:00

The VHEDC has strategic partnership with other organizations that assist us in carrying out our mission. The purpose of our partnerships is the following: To leverage other resources to maximize the VHEDC mission and foster creative collaboration and partnerships locally.

The purpose of our partnerships is the following: To leverage other resources to maximize the VHEDC mission and foster creative collaboration and partnerships locally. Many of our partners serve on our Board of Directors, serve on VHEDC committees, and are regularly consulted on initiatives.  In addition, our Executive Director serves on local committees and boards in order to build and enhance existing relationships.

The Value of Partnership…

Collaboration is a hallmark of VHEDC and all that we do. We continuously focus on how to bring more parties around the table and be a conduit of resources and communication. The VHEDC has facilitated many community events, conversations, and meetings that bring locally driven results promoting the community and enhancing economic growth.
VHEDC partners with other organizations that have a shared vision of promoting and enhancing the local community. We use our partnership determination process to ensure that alignments further the mission of the VHEDC and are complimentary to our goals, objectives, and values.
A hallmark feature of the VHEDC over the past 30 years has been its community building mission.  Businesses and organizations invest in the VHEDC for a greater return from our collective partnership in working together in innovative and collaborative ways to bring new solutions to where there are local gaps that need to be met.

Meet Our Strategic Partners

VHEDC works closely with the City of Vadnais Heights. A city council member is appointed as a board liaison each year. VHEDC Executive Director meets regularly with city staff and attends council meetings and workshops.
As an organization serving suburban Ramsey County, the VHEDC works closely with our Ramsey County Commissioner as well the Department of Community and Economic Development. The County provides much of the support infrastructure in the local area that makes the community great including road, parks, library, and other amenities such as the Vadnais Sports Center which is located in Vadnais Heights.
The White Bear Lake Area School District (ISD 624) is a valued strategic partner of the VHEDC. The schools and their programs provide a conduit for the future workforce that is necessary for our local businesses to succeed today and into the long range future.
Century College is a two-year community college in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. It is part of the MnSCU system, and is Minnesota’s largest two-year community and technical college. Century College provides the essential training and skills that are needed in our local community. Most recently, the VHEDC has sponsored interns in local businesses who are Century College students.
The White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce is the area’s local chamber. The VHEDC partners with the Chamber on professional education opportunities including our monthly Professional E.D.G.E. program. In addition, through our partnership, VHEDC conducts GrowMN Visits in Vadnais Heights. Contact our Executive Director to schedule a visit today!

Currently our Executive Director Ling Becker serves on the following groups:

  • Northeast Youth and Family Services (Board Member, Development Committee, Event Committees)
  • Community Services Advisory Committee, WBLAS (Member)
  • Century College Innovation and Fab Lab Advisory Committee (Member)
  • NewTrax Advisory Board (Member)
  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota (Professional Development Committee Member)
  • Century College Presidential Search Committee (Member)

Thank you to our many strategic partners who are so vital to our work!

Partner Testimonials

As the economy emerges from several years of stagnation, it is clear that economic development has become incredibly competitive. Cities, counties and regions that have business and elected leaders organized and working at the ground level will have a huge advantage in acquiring and maintaining good-paying jobs. Ramsey County looks forward to growing our already strong partnership with the VHEDC and aggressively build economic development tools to keep northern Ramsey County a job creation magnet.
Blake Huffman, Ramsey County Commissioner
On behalf of the White Bear Lake Area Schools, we acknowledge the importance of our partnership with the Vadnias Heights Economic Development Corporation. During the past several years, the leadership and members of the Corporation have invested in our staff and students, creating opportunities for dialogue, tours, internships, presentations and remarkable and inspiring connections with business. Innovative ideas and persistent advocacy on the part of the Corporation has helped attract investment and commitments from outside our communities. We are deeply appreciative of the partnership and are seeing a whole new world opening to the next generation!
Dr. Michael Lovett, PhD, White Bear Lake Area Schools Superintendent
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