The MMDC provides a variety of economic development assistance to both local units of government and directly to new and existing businesses. MMDC staff work closely with city and county economic development professionals with many economic development activities.
MMDC is federally designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) as an Economic Development District. This designation enables the local units of government in the counties of Region Six-East to apply for U.S. Economic Development Administration funds to pursue projects that help to reach the goals identified in the Region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS is a five year plan, updated annually, with goals and objectives developed with input from local economic development professionals, community leaders, and local citizens.
You may download a copy of the most recent CEDS document by clicking on the News/Publications link listed on left.
Please contact Economic Director Les Nelson for questions and further information on MMDC’s economic development assistance and programs.
MMDC’s Economic Development Services
- Prepare Financial Packaging for Grants and Loans
- Assist with Loan Applications
- Identify Sources of Assistance
- Develop Strategic Planning
- Design Economic Development Plans
- Develop Business Plans
- Identify Tax Increment Finance Districts
- Prepare Grant and Loan Applications
- Tax Free Zones (JOBZ)
Small Business Development Center Services
The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission has entered into a contractual agreement with the Small Business Development Center - Southwest office located on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. The agreement is to provide small business counseling services to small business owners in the counties of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville.
Please read the Small Business Development Center Services brochure for more information.
The Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota, produced by the Department of Employment and Economic Development,
is a concise summary discussion of major issues, questions, and concerns that are most commonly raised by those contemplating a business startup.
Contact: Les Nelson, Economic Development Director 320-235-8504 Ext 241