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Public invited to Willmar meetings Aug. 18 to develop economic road map for region

The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission will hold three meetings Wednesday to hear public input on the economic needs for the region, which will be used to help create a new Comprehensive Economic Development strategy for the four-county area. The meeting will be held at 8 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Bank in Willmar.

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WILLMAR — Identifying the community’s economic development needs — and obtaining the federal funds to fill those needs — is part of three meetings scheduled for Wednesday in Willmar.

Conducted by the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission , the input sessions are part of the process to develop a new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the four-county region.

The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission is holding sessions at 8 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Heritage Bank Community Room, 310 1st Street South, in Willmar.

The sessions are expected to last about an hour and will provide an opportunity for attendees to identify regional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, according to the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission.

Those in attendance can also share ideas and provide input on issues such as broadband access, housing, child care, transportation and workforce.

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Information gathered at the meeting will help the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission develop a “roadmap” that will be used to guide its economic development work for the next five years and will ensure continued access to federal Economic Development Administration dollars for the region, according to a news release.

Meetings were held earlier this month in McLeod, Meeker and Renville counties.

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