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Looking for retirees ready to hit the road for others in Kandiyohi, Meeker, and Renville counties

March 10, 2021

WILLMAR — Patty Peterson enjoyed a busy career helping others as a licensed practical nurse in Willmar. There were days when she would assist as many as 100 patients. She realized right away after retiring in October: “I can’t sit at home and retire. I’m a nurse. I have to be doing something,” said Peterson. […]

Smith joins the MMDC for the Agency’s Regional Transportation Coordinator Role

January 13, 2021

January 2020: The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) recently hired Terry Smith for the role of Regional Transportation Coordinator to support the work of the Mid-Minnesota Regional Transportation Coordination Program (MMRTCC). “I am proud to be joining Eric Day and the exciting staff at the MMDC in the Regional Transportation Coordinator role. Having lived and worked […]

Carlson Joins Mid-Minnesota Development Commission in Communications/Office Assistant Role

October 30, 2020

Helping to Tell the Stories of The MMDC and The Communities They Serve The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) recently welcomed Ben Carlson to the role of Communications Specialist. Carlson will elevate MMDC visibility by sharing the organization’s accomplishments throughout the region. He will also use his skills to support key MMDC initiatives, including economic and […]

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Launches New Grant Programs

October 3, 2020

Kay JohnsonHutchinson Leader If you’re an artist or arts organization, the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council has new grant opportunities available. The first is for organizations dealing with disruptions from COVID-19. This special grant program provides up to $1,000, with no match requirements, to aid arts organizations in the SMAC 18-county region with equipment or technology […]

Willmar Woman Given Entrepreneurship Award by Minnesota Department of Human Services

October 3, 2020

Mark WassonWest Central Tribune The fourth annual Outstanding Refugee Awards from the Minnesota Department of Human Services recognize refugees for civic engagement, entrepreneurship, young leadership and significant efforts during their first two years in the state. Amran Abukar, of Willmar, was given the Entrepreneurship Award as part of the 2020 Outstanding Refugee Awards from the […]

Bonlender and Marotzke Join the MMDC’s COVID-Recovery Effort

October 1, 2020

The Economic Development Professionals are Available to Assist Businesses and Local Stakeholders Two economic development professionals have joined the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) to assist the Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville County region with recovery from the economic injuries resulting from current pandemic. Rick Bonlender (Olivia, MN) began with the MMDC on August 24 and […]

Free Corrective Glasses for Color Blind Students

September 9, 2020

Southwest Initiative Foundation Southwest Initiative Foundation has a unique opportunity to offer students at select southwest Minnesota schools. Students who are color blind are eligible to receive color correction glasses at no cost to their families. Read Full Article

New CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund Awarded to the MMDC by the EDA

August 25, 2020

Funds Will Help Businesses and Nonprofits Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $957,000 to the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC). These funds will capitalize a new CARES ACT Revolving Loan Fund to help businesses and nonprofits in Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville Counties recover from the economic injuries caused […]

MMDC Secures Rural Transportation Coordination Council Phase 3 Implementation Grant

June 26, 2020

Will Help Residents Connect with Needed Rides Throughout 4-County Area The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) has leveraged $19,500 in local levy dollars, to gain state and federal Rural Transportation Coordination Council (RTCC) funds totaling $175,500. These funds will be used to help our region’s residents find and access transportation services so they can fully-participate in […]

MMDC Welcomes New Community Planner

June 1, 2020

Justice Walker Will Assist Public Stakeholders and Others Throughout the Four-County Area Justice Walker has joined the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) as the organization’s new Community Planner. In his new role, Walker will work alongside the MMDC’s Kyle Ten Napel to assist cities, counties, and other entities with comprehensive planning, land use ordinances, codification projects, […]

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