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KCED Summer 2024 Newsletter: Leading Ladies: Women Shaping Ag-Related Business

Patrick O’Rourke to be offered Kandiyohi County Economic Development position

KCED reveals finalists for executive director position

Kandiyohi County / Willmar EDC offices to relocate this fall

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Child Care Appreciation Night

August 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
15455 Old Mill Road
Spicer, MN United States

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Don't miss the Lake Lillian United Lutheran Ice Cream Social tonight! Full details at:

🦐 Simply Shrimp LLC 🦐 and owner Paul Damhof and business owner Barb Frank appeared on a PBS documentary series called 🙌🏾 "Hope in the Water"🌊 which highlights innovation in sustainable food production in the U.S., including fresh shrimp grown right here in Kandiyohi County 👨‍🌾. ▶️ Watch the episode: Stay tuned every Wednesday for a business highlight including in the ag industry!


▶️Does your community need a helping hand celebrating? Reach out to us today by emailing ◀️ KCED is here to help your community celebrate. Earlier in the summer Marketing and Communications Specialist, Kelsey Olson, helped at Kandi is Dandy Days 🌞 Kandiyohi Community Club (pictured below) and also has helped with planning for New London WaterDays 🌊


Are you an entrepreneur? Whether you are just starting out or have an established business, consider joining the next Elevate Community Business Academy to level-up your business knowledge and skills!


Reminder: Listening Session for Family Child Care Providers Tomorrow, Thursday, June 11th What: Provide feedback on proposed new child care licensing standards Who: Providers, Parents, Employers and Business Owners! The availability of child care effects everyone. Hear concerns to support providers When: Thursday, June 11th | 5 pm (dinner) 6 pm - 8 pm (listening session) Where: MinnWest Technology Campus in the Sibley Auditorium. To access the Sibley Auditorium, please park in Lot L and enter the 1800 Building through door #2. See details for map You do not need to be present the whole time. Registration encouraged, please register if you'll be having a meal. You can still attend if not registered. Register now:


KCED Joint Powers Board has offered the Executive Director position to Patrick O'Rourke, with negotiations to follow. Read the full story, written by the West Central Tribune, here:


A few weeks ago, KCED staff attended the annual Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) summer conference held in St. Cloud. A final 'annual' picture with economic development friend, Paul Gorte, soon to be retired Economic Development Director from the City of East Grand Forks, MN. Thanks to Paul for his service in economic development and to everyone who helped organized the EDAM conference!


In typical Kandiyohi County fashion, you can dance the night (or weekend) away in Kandiyohi County this 4th of July weekend! 🎶🎇 Find the full details on the Willmar Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau events calendar.


Members of the public are welcome to attend a Meet and Greet and the interviews of the candidates for the KCED Executive Director position. When: Monday, July 8 😎 What: Meet & Greet at 8:00 - 9:30 am Interviews begin at 1:15 pm Where: Galleries 1 and 2 of the Willmar Conference Center at 240 23rd Street SE, Willmar A bus tour with invited stakeholders and the candidates will take place in between the Meet & Greet and Interviews.


Reminder we are closed for business today, the 4th of July. We will reopen on Friday, July 5th. Wishing everyone a safe and celebrated holiday! 🎇🌞

We will be closed for business tomorrow, the 4th of July, for the holiday. Wishing everyone a safe and celebrated holiday! 🎇🌞

❤️🤍💙 Spicer is the place to be in Kandiyohi County this weekend! 🛥️ Boat Parade, 🚒 Street Parade, 🎇 Fireworks, 💃 Street Dance and more! See full details at or by following Spicer Commercial Club!

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