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Why Kandiyohi County is right for you...

Minnesota nice!  Competitive business environment.  Rich quality of life.  Outstanding workforce.  Diverse cultures.  Centrally located in Minnesota, Kandiyohi County/Willmar lakes area is the perfect place to establish or expand your business.  Add in other benefits, such as a thriving arts region, historical attractions, exceptional school districts, easy access to the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, affordable housing and friendly communities, and there is even more reason to make Kandiyohi County and the Willmar lakes area your destination of choice.  We invite you to view our county’s information and then contact the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (866-665-4556) for specific ways we can help you.

Bethesda constructionBethesda breaks ground this week for $21M project

8.19.2014:  WILLMAR—Ground will be officially broken Thursday for a $21 million project to expand the Bethesda Health and Housing campus.

Beds at the aging Bethesda Heritage facility are being replaced with new construction on the same site as Bethesda Pleasant View and the Bethesda Wellness Center.

The project, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015, will unify the entire continuum of Bethesda services on one campus, said Michelle Haefner, CEO and president of Bethesda Health and Housing.

But more than this, it will help address the needs of an aging population increasingly in search of choices for how they live and how they’re cared for as they become older, she said.

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ArtPlace America awards New London $262,500 grant for community art

NL Art Project

7.12.2014: NEW LONDON—White paint on the south wall of Mord’s Hardware Hank, downtown New London, marks the start of the first public art project to develop from a 30-month, $262,500 grant awarded by ArtPlace America to the city of New London.

Jeff Vetsch, project coordinator, announced New London received the grant during last Wednesday’s city council meeting. Vetsch, Kristin Allen, project artistic director, and City Administrator Trudie Guptill were informed June 6 the city had received the grant. However, they were not allowed to say anything until June 25, Allen said.

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Keeping a spot on the map:  New road signs demonstrate local pride for Sunburg

5.16.2014: WILLMAR—There’s no sign on Kandiyohi County Road 7 as the road enters the south end of town. And after a storm last summer destroyed the remaining “Welcome to Sunburg” sign at Highway 7 and Minnesota Highway 9, there’s been no sign on the north end of town either.Sunburg sign

But this is about to change. Brand-new signs are being installed at both locations this spring, thanks to the efforts of city officials and many volunteers.

In this town of 100, which treasures its strong Norwegian heritage, civic identity isn’t something that’s taken for granted.

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TerWisscha Construction 50 yearsFamily-owned TerWisscha Construction celebrates 50 years

6.17.2014: WILLMAR—John TerWisscha began his construction career in the summer of 1954 digging footings with a shovel for Mel Werder. Werder was building a hog barn 4 miles south of Willmar.

“I asked if Mel had any work for a dude like me,’’ recalls TerWisscha who had returned in late February from military service in Korea.

“He said, ‘There is the shovel.’ I picked up the shovel and I started digging. And that is how I started in construction.’’

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Making a statement: County supports two major economic development projects

4.15.2014: WILLMAR –– The Kandiyohi County Commissioners have thrown their financial support behind two major economic development projects in Willmar, including one that could end up pulling money away from planned county road projects.Willmar Wye illustration

At their meeting Tuesday, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to make a financial commitment of $459,279 that would go towards a project to reroute 45th Street north and south of U.S. Highway 12 as part of a proposal to create a railroad bypass and spur for BNSF west of Willmar.

The board had previously signed a memorandum of understanding to support the concept of the project. On Tuesday they agreed to back that up with road and bridge money.

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Watch for EDC posts on Areavoices blog

The EDC joins Areavoices and will be blogging on local information.  Read our most recent post on the county's low unemployment and high emp...

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Website grants available through the EDC

The EDC has made funds available for website grants for Kandiyohi County businesses.  The following criteria must be met. EDC Website ...

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Willmar Lakes Area Social Media Breakfast

Interested in social media and the web to better your business?  The Willmar Lakes Area Social Media Breakfast Chapter meets the first ...

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Online Entrepreneur Education

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SWIF's CORE website helps serve more entrepreneurs  One characteristic of entrepreneurs is that they're often thinking ahead, dreaming abou...

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Get on our mailing list

The EDC is creating a mailing list for anyone interested in staying informed about economic development opportunities in our area. Just e-mail th...

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Visit Our Downtown Willmar Location

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The EDC is conveniently located in downtown Willmar at Centre Place, Suite 100, at 333 Litchfield Avenue SW.  You can also call for dir...

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