Mid-Minnesota Development Commission receives over $200,000 to help with economic development
WILLMAR — The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission will receive Planning Grant funds, totaling $210,000, from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, according to a news release from the development commission.
These funds will be matched, dollar for dollar, with the commission's non-federal funds and will be used to coordinate and implement economic development activities throughout the four counties of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville over a three-year period.
Grant-supported work will be led by the commission's Economic Development Director Les Nelson, who will coordinate and partner with other local economic development organizations to leverage investments in the private sector.
Nelson’s project-related work will also include trend analysis and outreach to additional stakeholders, which include counties and cities.
“Ultimately, the goal of the project is to support our region’s ability to provide the infrastructure and workforce needed to attract private investment and promote the creation and expansion of good-paying jobs,” said Nelson.
Minnesota's regional development commissions, including Mid-Minnesota, are political subdivisions that provide technical assistance to government, businesses and local organizations; administer state and federal programs; and coordinate other multi-jurisdictional activities in the regions they serve.