WILLMAR — The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) has hired Nathan Reuss for the role of economic developer, according to a news release from the organization.

Reuss joined Michelle Marotzke on MMDC’s economic development team mid-September.

Together, Marotzke and Reuss will assist stakeholders throughout the Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville county region, as they recover from pandemic-induced economic injuries.

Reuss will also assist stakeholders with grant applications, tackle issues such as broadband, childcare, housing, and workforce shortages, and contribute to the region’s comprehensive economic development strategy development.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the dynamic, talented staff of professionals at the MMDC. I’ve had the opportunity to live and work in each of the MMDC Region’s four counties and I hope to be of service in the role of Economic Developer.” Reuss said in the release.

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Reuss is a native of WIllmar and a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Morris. He has worked in the agriculture, biotech and public safety industries. His career experience includes seed research for Hi-Bred, Dow AgriSciences, and Corteva Agriscience. Reuss has also served as a volunteer firefighter.

Together, Reuss and his two children, Eric and Rylie, enjoy spending time on the family farm and enjoying the attributes of his home region.