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‘Starlink,’ SpaceX’s internet service, is growing in Minnesota. What that could mean for the future of rural broadband.

October 29, 2021

Starlink’s technology has the potential to connect parts of rural Minnesota where high-speed internet is expensive to build and hard to come by, but the service has also stirred up plenty of debate — and frustration — among public officials.  By Walker Orenstein | Staff Writer MINNPOST When Kati Stage moved from the Twin Cities to Embarrass in […]

MMDC Seeks Public Input on Two Major Topics

October 14, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Eric Day, Mid-Minnesota Development CommissionPhone: (320) 235-8504Email: eric.day@mmrdc.org MMDC Seeks Public Input on Two Major Topics MMDC Seeks Public Input on Two Major Topics September 29, 2021: The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) is a regional development organization, serving Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville Counties. As part of MMDC’s effort to strengthen […]

MMDC Offers New “Community Enhancement Funding Opportunity

October 13, 2021

Aims to Improve Quality of Life and Opportunity for Prosperity Throughout Region October 13, 2021: As part of Mid-Minnesota Development Commission’s (MMDC) effort to support local communities and ensure high quality of life throughout the region, the organization is launching a new funding opportunity – the Mid-Minnesota Community Enhancement Fund. 501(c)3 nonprofits, school districts, and […]

Downtown Willmar bus stop now a starting point for journeys long and short

September 29, 2021

Written By: Tom Cherveny | 7:00 pm, Sep. 28, 2021 West Central Tribune The recent move by Jefferson Lines to the Central Community Transit bus shelter near Selvig International Park contributes to its role as a mobility hub. It’s also the site for a WillmarBike hub and trail head for walking and biking routes. WILLMAR — A journey of […]

Nathan Reuss Joins the MMDC’s Economic Development, Team

September 16, 2021

Will Help Communities, Businesses, and Organizations Increase Resilience and Prosperity September 2021:  The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) recently hired Nathan Reuss for the role of Economic Developer. Reuss will join MMDC’s Michelle Marotzke on MMDC’s Economic Development Team in Mid-September. Together, Marotzke and Reuss will assist stakeholders throughout the Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville County […]

COVID pandemic complicates already challenging child-care expansion efforts in rural Minnesota

August 25, 2021

By Gregg Aamot | Contributing Writer MINNPOST Aug. 19, 2021 The difficulty of creating more child-care “slots” — in homes, revamped buildings, or new facilities — remains acute. In 2017, I visited New York Mills to write about the challenges that small rural communities have faced in creating more child care options – a problem that has only been made […]

MMDC Announces Community Input Sessions

July 29, 2021

The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission is urging all residents of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville Counties to participate in the development of our region’s new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. This plan will be used as a “road map” to guide economic development work for the next five years. It will also ensure continued access to federal […]

Notice of Public Hearing 2021

June 1, 2021

Willmar Chamber & Vivid Image Webinar: 10 Easy Steps to Drive Traffic to Your Website, Starting with Google My Business

May 18, 2021

If you were not able to join us for the second of six marketing webinars from the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Vivid Image. Please take some time and watch the recorded webinar using the link below. https://go.vimm.com/10-easy-steps-webinar#webinar

McLeod County seeks economic development director

May 6, 2021

BY JEREMY JONES jones@hutchinsonleader.com A long-running conversation among county officials at board meetings, workshops and public forums these past few years has been the subject of economic development.  At the core of the discussion has been how to best serve McLeod County businesses, invite new development, and grow the tax base to keep local communities […]

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