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MMDC’s economic development professionals work hard to help communities attract entrepreneurs and developers. We also work to address the underlying barriers to community growth and strength. For instance, the MMDC is happy to collaborate to tackle housing shortages, childcare gaps, and other challenges.

Whenever possible, we also help communities connect with federal, state, and private grant opportunities that will help them fund their goal achievement. If needed, we can also assist them with the application process.

MMDC staff members are part of initiatives aimed at improving quality of life and increasing resources throughout our four-county region.

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Please contact us if you are interested in working with the MMDC to further your project or initiative. Current MMDC initiatives & collaborations include:

Initiative or CollaborationFocus
Kandiyohi County Broadband & Advanced Technology CommitteeCollaborate and educate to secure broadband services throughout Kandiyohi County
Kandiyohi, Meeker, and Renville Counties’ Rural Child Care Innovation Projects (RCCIP)Increasing childcare slots in Kandiyohi, Meeker, and Renville Counties
Bird Island Chalkboard CollectiveRepurposing Bird Island’s former elementary school building
City of Olivia Economic Development Authority (EDA)Promoting, preserving, and expanding the economy of Olivia
Bird Island Cultural CenterIntegrate the arts into the community while reflecting the community in the arts and the historic preservation of the Tinnes-Baker House
Main Street Grocery InitiativePursuit of a MN Department of Agriculture grant to give a Buffalo Lake grocer more capacity to offer local, healthy food
Fabulous Finds InitiativePursuit of a MN Department of Agriculture grant to add a commercial kitchen to be used by regional producers
Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 Leadership ProgramEncourage developing community leaders in the Willmar Lakes Area
Junior AchievementPromote financial literacy, college and career readiness, and entrepreneurship education to k-12 students
Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar EDC Agriculture & Renewable Energy Development CommitteeCollaborate with farmers and ag-related industries to sustain, identify, and develop agriculture, agribusiness, and renewable energy opportunities
Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar EDC Business Retention & Expansion/Recruitment CommitteeSupport business retention/expansion and recruitment throughout Kandiyohi County
Willmar Bikes InitiativePromote changes to foster bike-ability throughout the City of Willmar
Southwest Corridor Transportation CoalitionEncourage commerce and improve safety by supporting improvements to transportation in the southwestern Twin Cities Metropolitan area, with a focus on US Highway 212 and MN State Highway 5
Highway 23 CoalitionEncourage commerce and improve safety by supporting improvements along MN State Highway 23
Southwest MN Toward Zero Deaths Steering CommitteeReduce traffic fatalities through education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency medical and trauma services
Minnesota Safe Routes to School NetworkImprove pedestrian safety, reduce traffic, and improve air quality for near schools
Volunteer Driver CoalitionProtect the viability of volunteer driver programs in Minnesota
Southwest Minnesota Area Transportation PartnershipProvide input into decisions surrounding the use of federal highway funding throughout Southwest Minnesota
Launch Your Future Today (LYFT) Career PathwaysRebuild career and technical education (CTE) throughout southwest and west central Minnesota

The MMDC is at your service!

Our team of experts will help strengthen your community and improve quality of life and prosperity!

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