Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission

Kandiyohi County elected officials and leaders air grievances over broadband issues

November 28, 2022

Kandiyohi County elected officials and leaders air grievances over broadband issues
KANDIYOHI COUNTY — Frustrations about broadband boiled over recently during a meeting of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission ‘s joint powers board. Frustrations were also shared during a recent roundtable discussion in Willmar with Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. The EDC wants to see fiber across the county, providing equal access to all residents, and the EDC’s broadband committee has been working on the issue for a couple of decades,

Nexyst moving forward on $40 million agricultural distribution project in Willmar Industrial Park

November 22, 2022

Nexyst moving forward on $40 million agricultural distribution project in Willmar Industrial Park
WILLMAR — Nexyst, in the next 60 days, plans to close on a $1.1 million purchase agreement for at least 137 acres in the Willmar Industrial Park to accommodate a $40 million project — constructing an agricultural distribution complex — according to Aaron Backman, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. “This is kind of an exciting development,” he said as he shared a site plan with Planning Commission members on Nov. 16. The project

Vaxxinova US, formerly Epitopix, plans $10 million to $20 million investment for expansion in Willmar

November 15, 2022

Vaxxinova US, formerly Epitopix, plans $10 million to $20 million investment for expansion in Willmar
WILLMAR — Vaxxinova US , originally called Epitopix, is looking to expand in the Willmar area by purchasing additional land surrounding its manufacturing facility northwest of Willmar. Brian Harberts, Vaxxinova’s director of finance, reached out to the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission to discuss purchasing some of the land which the county owns west of the manufacturing facility, EDC Executive Director Aaron Backman told the EDC’s joint operations board

Ag and Renewable Energy Committee acts as promoter for agriculture in Kandiyohi County

November 7, 2022

Ag and Renewable Energy Committee acts as promoter for agriculture in Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR — Since the county’s earliest days, agriculture has played an outsized role in the economic health and vitality of Kandiyohi County. The county often ranks in the top 10 in the state for various agricultural productions including turkeys, poultry, sheep, sugar beets and aquaculture. In the 2017 USDA Farm Census, Kandiyohi County ranked 10th in the state for market value of agricultural products sold, at $424,078,000. Given those numbers, it might be surprising that some feel it

Ribbon-cutting celebrates completion of nearly $50 million Willmar Wye rail bypass project

October 25, 2022

Ribbon-cutting celebrates completion of nearly $50 million Willmar Wye rail bypass project
WILLMAR—It has taken more than a decade, but the wait is finally over. The Willmar Connector and Industrial Access Project—a nearly $50 million railroad bypass project—is completed and ready to receive train traffic. Dignitaries from various partners involved in the project, along with local, regional and state government officials, gathered in Willmar on Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting and train ride to celebrate the accomplishment that is the Willmar Wye. . . . “We are already seeing

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

October 5, 2022

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 concept plans of how the development will be laid out. Paffrath agreed with EDC Executive Director Aaron Backman that this would likely be the first tiny home development

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

August 2, 2022

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 Economic Development grant application. Read the full story at the West Central Tribune 

Elevate Business Academy celebrates nine new graduates in Kandiyohi County area

July 16, 2022

Elevate Business Academy celebrates nine new graduates in Kandiyohi County area
WILLMAR — It was a special night. Nine local business owners celebrated their graduation from Elevate Community Business Academy on June 28, according to a news release from the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. Read the full story from the West Central Tribune 

Willmar area agencies offer videos, assistance to apply for frontline worker pay

June 30, 2022

Willmar area agencies offer videos, assistance to apply for frontline worker pay
Mid-Minnesota Development Commission and Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission worked together, and with other agencies, to create videos to provide information and assistance to those who may qualify for frontline worker pay compensation from the state of Minnesota. Read the full story at the West Central Tribune
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