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Letter: EDC brings mutual benefits

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In the Nov. 6 West Central Tribune, there was a front page story about dissolving the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. From the outside it appears that this is one of the best examples of the city of Willmar and Kandiyohi County collaborating for the mutual benefit of the city and the county.

I cannot think of any economic development that is good for the county that would not be good for the city. The reverse also appears true. There is no economic development that is good for the city that would not be good for the county. It may be possible to say that also for neighboring counties.

We need large economic developments as well as small developments. All large companies have started small. It is not in the public interest to only have large companies. Diversity is one of the characteristics of a healthy community.

Maybe the EDC should take a look at what they have been successful at in the past. It would be important for the public to be aware of what has happened with the assistance from the EDC. Success is the true measure. Activities that are not successful can be OK if we learn from them. If it is evident that there are activities that are not beneficial to both the county and the city, then maybe a closer look is necessary. I expect separate city and county EDAs will cost more and provide less benefits.

Richard Engan

Willmar

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