Braam gets state award

NEW ULM — Dan Braam was awarded the 2017 Conrad Rettmer Commissioner Award at the Minnesota NAHRO Annual Conference in Duluth on Sept. 28.

Braam, who works at Alliance Bank, has been involved in promoting New Ulm and affordable housing and community development for more than 15 years. Dan served on the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment in 1998-2003. He served on the Economic Development Authority (EDA) in 2007-2010 and returned to serve another term in 2017.

In his first term on the EDA, Braam was involved with the development of the EDA’s Affordable Housing Subdivision. As a recession hit and the housing market collapsed, the subdivision’s progress ground to a halt. In late 2016, Braam attended the New Ulm 2020 Visioning Conference, where housing was determined to be a top priority for the community. Braam volunteered to chair the Housing Needs Initiative Task Force.

When he returned to the EDA earlier this year, he helped facilitate the sale of 20 undeveloped acres in the Affordable Housing Subdivision to a private developer. Braam spent many hours fielding questions for the developer, meeting with city staff and attending several public meetings to show his support for this project.

With Braam’s leadership and experience as a lender, the land sale was successfully negotiated, and as a result, New Ulm will see the construction of single family homes, patio homes, twin homes and town-homes, providing 60-70 new housing units in the next couple of years.