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Kandiyohi County Board salutes county manufacturers with proclamation

At the Oct. 4 Kandiyohi County Board meeting, commissioners proclaimed October to be Manufacturing Month as a means to shine a spotlight on the county’s robust manufacturing sector. WILLMAR — In 2021, manufacturing provided nearly 13% of all the jobs in Kandiyohi County, behind only health care and social services, according to data from the Minnesota […]

Planning of southeast Willmar tiny home development moves forward with project out for bids

Willmar—The developer of what is thought to be the first tiny home development in the region has the southeast Willmar project out for bids. Justin Paffrath, also a real estate agent, spoke last week to the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission to share the inspiration behind his development, as well as […]

How year-round crops could reduce farm pollution in the Mississippi River

The Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota is developing 16 new crops to keep landscapes covered, and water cleaner.  Don Wyse’s field of winter barley used to be mostly empty in the spring. Eight years ago, just a tenth of the grain would survive the winter in this experimental field in St. Paul. […]

MnDOT lists four options for Hwy. 23/9 intersection

Following months of discussion with members of the community, business leaders and elected officials, the Minnesota Department of Public Transportation (District 8) has released four concept proposals regarding the Highway 23 and 9 safety improvement project:  An interchange, J-turn, single-lane roundabout and traffic signal. This project seeks to construct a safer alternative to the accident-prone […]

To plug worker shortage, Willmar hires teachers from abroad

Photo from left to right: Katherine Giliz Cusa, Almera Jane Amindato, Missi May Flores and Shelamie Santillan are several of the new teachers who are starting the new school year with Willmar Public Schools after being hired through an international teaching program. This is Willmar’s first year hiring teachers abroad to help address its staffing […]

“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 […]

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

  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 […]

FedEx, Industrial Park

Willmar, Minnesota | October 2022 FedEx Ground built a 217,000-square-foot distribution center in the Industrial Park. The more than $30 million project was a result of 27 acres of the fourth addition of the Willmar Industrial Park being sold to project developer RDC National for $621,000. It opened 11 months after construction began. KCED identified […]

Willmar Wye

Willmar, Minnesota | BNSF Railway System | October, 2022 The $52 million Willmar Wye project was a partnership project between the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration,  Kandiyohi County, Kandiyohi County Economic Development, City of Willmar, Minnesota Department of Transportation and BNSF Railway. The Willmar Connector and Industrial Access Project, also known as the Wye, results in less […]

Kandiyohi County to see major state road work over the next 10 years

WILLMAR—If all goes to plan, Kandiyohi County could see major investment in its state highway network over the next 10 years. Based on the District 8 2023-2032 Capital Highway Investment Plan from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, work is planned on several major Kandiyohi County thoroughfares including state Highway 23, state Highway 40 and U.S. […]

Kandiyohi County Commissioners sign letters of support for three broadband grant applications

At Tuesday’s Kandiyohi County Board meeting, the commissioners approved submitting three letters of support toward three broadband projects hoping to be awarded state Border-to-Border grant funds. An update on projects was also given at the meeting.  Read the full story at the West Central Tribune

Willmar City Council supports grant application for highway improvements to facilitate a $40 million project

WILLMAR — Progress is being made to make it feasible for a large business to move into Willmar’s industrial park — a project estimated at more than $40 million. The Willmar City Council on Monday adopted a resolution supporting the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission in moving forward with a Transportation and […]

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