Your Team


The mission of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is to be a catalyst for economic growth of the greater Kandiyohi County Area.

2017 Goals

To advance our mission, the EDC has one comprehensive and overarching goal:  Increase business, retention, expansion, creation and recruitment in Kandiyohi County.

  1. Broadband
    1. Expand a robust high-speed broadband network, utilizing fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) networks wherever possible and a mix of other communication technologies where fiber is not possible, to attain broadband access to every home, farm and business in Kandiyohi County.
  2. Transportation Infrastructure
    1. Completion of Minnesota Highway 23 four-lane corridor between St. Cloud and Willmar, including the two gaps north of New London by 2024.
    2. Explore funding options for undertaking the rail spur project, including state funding such as Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) or Transportation Economic Development (TED) grants, and federal funding such as Economic Development Administration (EDA) Public Works and Economic Adjustment grants.
    3. Make investments in support of long-term, collaborative regional approaches, such as being active in the Highway 23 Corridor Group.
    4. Recruit business prospects interested in locating at the Willmar Airport or Willmar Industrial Park.
  3. Willmar Industrial Park Development
    1. Sell one-third of all buildable lots in the Third and Fourth Additions of the Willmar Industrial Park by 2020 and have facilities constructed on those lots within 18 months of sale.
    2. Prepare development and finance plans for the proposed Willmar Rail Park by 2019.
    3. Identify potential sites and seek City Council approval to establish a new industrial park in the City of New London and/or City of Spicer by 2017.
  4. Expand Funding Options for Businesses
    1. Expand funding options for local businesses and entrepreneurs.
  5. Marketing & Public Relations
    1. Maintain strong public relations with business and community representatives of the Willmar Lakes area.

We will work with you to make your business a success in Kandiyohi County. To receive information or assistance from our Economic Development staff, please call or send us an email with your request details.

Economic Development Staff

Aaron Backman
Executive Director

Connie Schmoll
Business Development Specialist