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Why Kandiyohi County is right for you...

Minnesota nice!  Competitive business environment.  Rich quality of life.  Outstanding workforce.  Diverse cultures.  Centrally located in Minnesota, Kandiyohi County/Willmar lakes area is the perfect place to establish or expand your business.  Add in other benefits, such as a thriving arts region, historical attractions, exceptional school districts, easy access to the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, affordable housing and friendly communities, and there is even more reason to make Kandiyohi County and the Willmar lakes area your destination of choice.  We invite you to view our county’s information and then contact the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (866-665-4556) for specific ways we can help you.

Making a statement: County supports two major economic development projects

4.15.2014: WILLMAR –– The Kandiyohi County Commissioners have thrown their financial support behind two major economic development projects in Willmar, including one that could end up pulling money away from planned county road projects.Willmar Wye illustration

At their meeting Tuesday, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to make a financial commitment of $459,279 that would go towards a project to reroute 45th Street north and south of U.S. Highway 12 as part of a proposal to create a railroad bypass and spur for BNSF west of Willmar.

The board had previously signed a memorandum of understanding to support the concept of the project. On Tuesday they agreed to back that up with road and bridge money.

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Community-owned grocery announces selection of East Highway 12 site

4.9.2014: WILLMAR—The Willmar Community-Owned Grocery announced its choice Tuesday of 1600 East Highway 12 as the future home of the locally owned food cooperative.

Close to 50 people were on hand for the official announcement and signing of the lease, which was greeted with a round of applause.

“It’s a really important day,” said COG board member Mary Catherwood. “We know where we’re going to be. We know where our home is.”

The location, at the corner of Highway 12 and Lakeland Drive, is owned by Westside Liquor. The building is shared by the wine and liquor store and Westside’s other tenant, Mr. B Chocolatier.

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European Connection

Willmar-based business RELCO will participate in design, construction of dairy products plant in Netherlands

9.24.2013:  WILLMAR—A contract for Willmar-based RELCO to participate in the design and construction of a major dairy products plant in the Netherlands also signals a connection to one of the largest dairy companies in the world.

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RELCO will work with Fronterra of New Zealand to build the whey and lactose plant in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

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NLS' passive solar greenhouse could have impact on entire county

3.3.2014: NEW LONDON — What may be the best classroom ever built comes with a floor of stones, NLSgreenhousewelded furniture and plenty of dirt.

What the students of the New London-Spicer High School learn in their new, passive solar greenhouse could matter to all of Kandiyohi County.

Arvind Auluck-Wilson’s motivation in helping design the greenhouse is to jump-start a new industry in the county. 

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A Banner Year

Willmar—An $800,000 construction and remodeling project at Sommerset Apartments on 19th Avenue Southeast and other major projects are contributing to a healthy increase in this year’s construction valuation in Willmar.

Total construction valuation at the end of July this year is up nearly 350 percent, or just shy of $33 million worth of new construction compared with about $9.5 million to date in 2012.

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Watch for EDC posts on Areavoices blog

The EDC joins Areavoices and will be blogging on local information.  Read our most recent post on the county's low unemployment and high emp...

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Website grants available through the EDC

The EDC has made funds available for website grants for Kandiyohi County businesses.  The following criteria must be met. EDC Website ...

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Willmar Lakes Area Social Media Breakfast

Interested in social media and the web to better your business?  The Willmar Lakes Area Social Media Breakfast Chapter meets the first ...

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Online Entrepreneur Education

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SWIF's CORE website helps serve more entrepreneurs  One characteristic of entrepreneurs is that they're often thinking ahead, dreaming abou...

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Get on our mailing list

The EDC is creating a mailing list for anyone interested in staying informed about economic development opportunities in our area. Just e-mail th...

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Visit Our Downtown Willmar Location

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The EDC is conveniently located in downtown Willmar at Centre Place, Suite 100, at 333 Litchfield Avenue SW.  You can also call for dir...

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