Economic Development Authority

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) is a public corporation empowered to undertake certain types of economic development projects. The EDA is the economic development arm of the City Council and handles all types of city economic development projects. Projects may include such activities as acquiring, developing, improving, and disposing of property, entering into contracts, and operating and maintaining public affairs.


The EDA meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The EDA is comprised of four council members and three citizens. The term of office for the council members coincides with the term of office for City Council. The term of office for citizen members is six years.

EDA Commissioners June 2023

EDA Members


CORY GRUPA     
612.369.3055 • Term Expires: 12/31/26


JEFF HARTWIG     
612.363.3587 • Term Expires: 12/31/29


MATTHEW T. WESTGAARD     
612.889.6794 • Term Expires: 12/31/24


DAN TVEITE     
763.670.2901 • Term Expires: 12/31/24


MIKE BEYER     
763.241.3949 • Term Expires: 12/31/24


JENNIFER WAGNER     
612.741.1619 • Term Expires: 12/31/26


CHARLIE BLESENER     
763.238.7495 • Term Expires: 12/31/28

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Joint Finance Committee

The Joint Finance Committee provides the EDA with a technical and politically neutral analysis of applications including microloan, tax abatement, and tax increment financing applications. They meet as needed on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. 

The Joint Finance Committee is comprised of nine members: two EDA commissioners , two HRA commissioners, and five at large members representing various constituencies, including banking, real estate, law, and the general community. Current members are:

  • EDA: Dan Tveite
  • EDA: Charlie Blesener
  • HRA: Lynn Caswell
  • HRA: Nate Ovall
  • Banking: Chad Vitzthum
  • Legal: Rhonda J. Magnussen
  • Real Estate: Ryan Hardin
  • At Large: Jim Gromberg
  • At Large: Vacancy

Beautification and Public Art Committee

The Beautification and Public Art Committee serves to recognize business owners who have made an effort to clean, repair, improve, and enhance the overall aesthetics of their property to maintain the beauty of their neighborhood. This committee encourages community improvements while enhancing our city’s visual image and economic vitality. In addition, this committee is tasked with supporting and securing additional public art in the community. They meet on the third Monday of each month. 

The Beautification and Public Art Committee is comprised of six members: one member representing the Sherburne County Master Gardeners Club, one member representing the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce, and four members at large.

Each fall, the Beautification and Public Art Committee announces the winner of the Beautification Award. Learn more about the award here