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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.

McLeod County seeks economic development director

May 6, 2021

BY JEREMY JONES [email protected] 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 […]

2020 Census: Minnesota keeping all 8 US House seats

April 27, 2021

Written By: Sarah Mearhoff – West Central Tribune ST. PAUL — Minnesota will retain all eight of its congressional districts for the next 10 years, barely snagging the final U.S. House seat in the U.S. Census Bureau’s apportionment of 435 districts across the country. The U.S. Census Bureau released its long-awaited 2020 Census results on Monday, April […]

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 […]

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