Category Archive: Past Events

Mar 09 2017

Happy Hour! A Community Spirits Fundraiser for Minnesota Construction Association

Join MCA on Thursday, March 9 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Wander North Distillery for a free networking event.

Wander North Distillery will donate $1 of each beverage purchased back to the MCA!

This is a free event.  If you RSVP for the event by Monday, March 6, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Visa gift card (there will be two drawings, one at 5 pm and one at 6pm; must be present to win).  You may RSVP by emailing

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Feb 22 2017

Downtown East Mixed-Use Development – Choice Award Recipient Program & Tour

The MCA Choice Award is given each year to a project that has been completed as a result of resourceful blending of construction techniques and professionals. On January 25, 2017, Ryan Companies was recognized as the 2017 MCA Choice Award Recipient for the Downtown East project.

On February 22, 2017, MCA Members and guests are invited to join us for a tour by members of the project team, followed by networking at McKinney Roe. If you can’t make the program, please still join us for the networking afterwards (if you are attending just the networking, no registration is required).

Ryan developed the five-block $400 million mixed-use project on 12.5 acres near the newly constructed US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The project is comprised of multiple buildings and property improvements that are helping rejuvenate the downtown area. The mixed-use development includes two 17-story office towers owned by Wells Fargo, the four-story multi-tenant Millwright Building, the Block One office building, a multi-family residential complex named EDITION, and the Radisson Red hotel which contains 164 units. The project expands the downtown community with four sky bridges and internal skyways and a six-level parking ramp, owned by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, containing 1,610 parking spaces, 26,000 SF of retail space and a 4.2 acre urban park named The Commons.

This event is complimentary for 2017 Awards Gala Attendees (registration is required) and costs $15 for all other individuals.

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Jan 25 2017

2017 MCA Awards of Excellence Gala

Each year the Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) recognizes construction projects and members that make substantial contributions to the community and the Association through the Awards of Excellence.

Click here for additional information!

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Nov 17 2016

MCA Third Annual Soiree: A Gathering of Construction Professionals

Join us for networking, food, drinks.  This event is open to all members and non-members.

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Oct 06 2016

Rise and Shine! Breakfast Networking Event

Please join us for MCA’s Rise and Shine Breakfast Networking Event on Thursday, October 6, 2016.  Everyone is welcome – member or non-member.

Hosted Coffee and Pastries by CES Imaging.

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Sep 13 2016

Inbound Marketing

In this session, you will learn about “Inbound Marketing” and how you can effectively elevate your marketing and sales efforts by leveraging today’s technology to attract targeted prospects to your website.  The foremost emphasis will be on new digital marketing methods and the best ways you can attract desired customers.  We will discuss:

  • Digital buying behaviors
  • Search engine optimization
  • Campaign management
  • Content creation
  • Uniting sales and marketing efforts for effective “smarketing”
  • How to determine the value of a new customer
  • How to properly utilize your contact database

About Jenna Engel: Jenna Engel is an Inbound Marketing Specialist at Jül Creative, an all in one Inbound Marketing Agency. Jenna helped found Jül because she has a desire to help Small Business USA become better. Smarketing (Sales and Marketing Alignment) is her contribution; Smarketing and the laws of attraction apply to finding top clients and recruiting top talent.

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Aug 17 2016

Leading Indicators Success in Safety

Presented by: David Rumsey, CSP, CRM, ARM, OHST, STS (Marsh & McLennan Agency)

What does it means to have a great safety culture?  This is a difficult question with typical answers that seem more subjective than objective.  Leading Indicators for the construction industry have been studied by the Construction Industry Institute, and the conclusions showed that TRIR’s of 0.19 were achieved by implementing the Leading Indicators we’ll discuss at this program.  Each participant will self-score their own company’s leading indicators to determine where there are opportunities for improvement in building a great safety culture.

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Aug 03 2016

2016 MCA Networking Boat Cruise

Join fellow construction industry professionals for a networking boat cruise on the scenic St. Croix River!

Register early, limited to the first 75 registrations.  Last day to register - Friday, July 22.

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Jun 08 2016

2016 MCA Scholarship Golf Tournament

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM:  Registration, Box Lunch, Complimentary Practice Range
12:30 PM:  Announcements, Shotgun Start, Best-shot Scramble format
5:30 PM:  Golfers Finish Round, Golfers Turn in Scorecards, Networking, Complimentary Happy Hour
6:00 PM:  Networking, Steak/Chicken Dinner, Awards Ceremony

Deer Run Golf Club
8661 Deer Run Drive, Victoria, MN 55386

Visit for additional information!

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May 24 2016

Company Culture & Next Gen Leadership

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Breakfast & Networking 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Program 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
American Engineering Testing, 550 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, MN  55114

Nick - Business - Blue TieThe spotlight is on Company Culture, as companies compete to hire and retain the “best” employees, as well as develop and nurture the next generation of leaders.  But what is Company Culture?  How do we create the “right” Culture for our firm?  Must Culture change for our company to stay relevant? How do we develop our future leaders?

Firm Culture is a result of a firm’s history, values, principles, attitudes, and behaviors.  In short, it is the “Sum Expression of What Matters to the Senior Leaders of a Firm”.  How do we know what matters?  The answer is expressed in how clearly leaders model the shared values.  Where are they centered?  Where do they spend money?  Whom do they hire?  What do they reward?  What do they tolerate?

While there are many facets to Company Culture, we will explore how you can prepare and develop your current and future leaders to inspire the culture that is right for you.

About Nick Ruehl: As President of Ruehl + Associates, Nick advises high performing organizations in leadership development, strategic planning, team building, and innovation. He is a valued resource to the A/E/C industry, having over 40 years of experience in design, project management, client development, and firm ownership/leadership. Prior to forming Ruehl + Associates in 2005, he was a Managing Principal of an architecture, engineering, and construction management firm. Nick also served 4 terms as Mayor of Exclesior, MN.

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