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The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) consists of two boards, the Joint Powers Board and the Joint Operations Board.

All meetings are hybrid until further notice.

Joint Powers Board

Kandiyohi County and the city of Willmar each appoint three elected representatives to serve for three years. The Joint Powers Board meets quarterly at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Thursday in January, April, July and October, generally at the EDC office.

Our Joint Powers Board of Commissioners:

Kandiyohi County

Corky Berg




Steve Gardner



Rollie Nissen



City of Willmar

Julie Asmus

Vice Chairperson




Marv Calvin



Vicki Davis



Joint Operations Board

The EDC’s Joint Operations Board of Directors consists of seven members appointed by the Joint Powers Board of Commissioners and includes representatives from communities throughout the county, education providers, business and consumer groups. Board member terms are for three years and are limited to three full three-year terms. The Joint Operations Board meets at 11:00 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month, generally at the EDC office.

Our Joint Operations Board of Directors:


Abdullahi Awale



Art Benson

2021 Vice President


Owner, Sound Image

Roland (Rollie) Boll

2015-2021 Treasurer


“My years of banking have made it clear that for economic development to occur, some guiding is necessary. I have seen how the EDC is an agency that helps guide this development. I enjoy working on the Ag Committee as I worked with Ag in my banking career.”

Donna Boonstra


Owner, Custom Interiors & Company, Inc.

“Serving on the EDC’s Joint Operations Board gives me a great opportunity to be more involved in my community and to have a voice in development of our community.  This is something that has always been a passion of mine. Bringing successful businesses to our community benefits everyone who lives here plus it draws back those who may have left our community for job opportunities and business development elsewhere.”


Jesse Gislason

2021 Secretary


Co-Owner, Alley on Ash

Lester J. Heitke


Kelly TerWisscha

2019-2021 President


CEO, TerWisscha Construction, Inc.

“Growing up in Willmar, going to school in Willmar, raising my family in the Willmar area, and now owning a second-generation, Willmar-based business, I have deep roots in this community. For over 50 years, the Willmar community has supported TerWisscha Construction. Many of the buildings along First Street and in the Industrial Park were built by TWC and each year we build more businesses in this community. Watching and being part of the growth of this diverse, innovative, and thriving community is exciting. With TerWisscha Construction being a national company, I have the opportunity to view what communities across the U.S. are doing in regards to economic development and am able to bring those ideas back to our community.”



Ex Officio

Director, Planning and Development Services Department











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