Newsletter Articles

A Splash Pad Story of Community Construction from Atwater

April 1, 2024

Atwater has many things, but it was missing a splash pad. The residents made up for that loss by making the dream a reality with abundant community support. What was a mere idea shared among neighbors turned into a completely community supported project from start to finish. Marketing and Communications Specialist Kelsey Olson talked with residents to hear the splash pad story. “The idea came from Jerry Spencer; he started talking about it to his neighbors,” said Lee Mickle, the Atwater resident

What’s Going Up: Q&A with Spicer

April 1, 2024

Kelsey Olson Marketing and Communications Specialist with KCED sat down with Denny Baker, former Mayor of Spicer, over pastries and coffee at Westwood Café to learn about his work starting the city’s current housing projects.   What are the two housing developments that are going up in Spicer? Ryan Koosman, owner of RAK Const., LLC, is building two separate projects. One is a group of four 3-plex buildings, with a total of 12 units south of United Prairie Bank. This is the Southern Bluff

What’s Going Up: Q&A with New London

April 1, 2024

Kelsey Olson Marketing and Communications Specialist for KCED asked City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Trudie Guptill about the journey in finding a new location for city hall and the library and the process of bringing the Southwest West Central Educational Learning Center here. In between a conference, snowstorm and the city’s audit she was kind enough to send answers to the City of New London’s construction process.   When was it first decided that a new location was needed? It has been

Nailing Down the Status of Local Lumber and Construction

April 1, 2024

Kelsey Olson, Marketing and Communications Specialist headed out on a snowy day to Perkins Lumber in Spicer and Monson Lumber in Hawick. Like the construction industry, nothing kept staff from being ready and working despite snow-blown roads. As I entered Shawn Oman’s office, Estimator at Perkins Lumber, I first noticed blueprints of a proposed new home laid out neatly, a notepad with figures written on it, and in between the ink and paper, a dream becoming a reality for a family someplace.

An Economic Development Year in Review

January 5, 2023

<strong>An Economic Development Year in Review</strong>
*second edition with full list of housing study partners 1.4.2023* Financial Wins | Community Projects |Workforce Support | Developments in Development How do we describe 2022 at the EDC? Productive. Progressive. Energetic. Significant. Community-Driven. In this issue, we share the stories of 2022.   Financial Wins $4.9 million Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant – 5 townships will be served through these funds. $900,000 Transportation Economic Development Grant – this grant will

“Having access can open doors”: An article written for the Fall 2022 Newsletter

October 4, 2022

“Having access can open doors”: An article written for the Fall 2022 Newsletter
By Sarah Swedburg “Having access can open doors” first appeared in the EDC’s Fall 2022 Newsletter This was Business Development Manager Sarah Swedburg’s matter-of-fact answer when asked just how high-speed broadband internet and childcare relate to a sustainable workforce in Kandiyohi County. Both issues have been on the hot plate at the EDC in recent months with state and federal grants offering significant financial support. ——————————————————————— For

What it takes to be an Innovative Employer: An article written for our Fall 2022 Newsletter

October 4, 2022

  For Brunswick, which builds Lunds and Crestliner boats, expanding to Willmar is a perfect example of a creative workforce solutions partnership.  Brunswick Corporation headquarters, located out of New York Mills, was needing to expand. But knew it had tapped out the workforce in the area. It was faced with the question of where to locate its new facility. Working with the Department of Employment and Economic Development to identify locations in the state that have a strong workforce, Brunswick
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