Economic Gateway http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com Great River Energy News RSS Feed Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:30:02 -0500 en-US Four Companies Awarded Job Creation Fund Grants http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/2007/four-companies-awarded-job-creation-fund-grants http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Funding will support economic development in Barnesville, Cottage Grove, Norwood Young America, and Ranier Grants totaling more than $560,000 were approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for business expansion projects in four cities. DEED awarded the funding from its Job Creation Fund for projects in Barnesville, Cottage... Ritz Machine Works to open first U.S. facility in Cambridge http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/2006/ritz-machine-works-to-open-first-us-facility-in-cambridge http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 A tube bending and manufacturing services company based in Canada will open their first U.S. facility in Cambridge. During the Cambridge City Council meeting Feb. 20, Economic Development Director Stan Gustafson explained staff has been working with Ritz Machine Works from Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, that will be starting its U.S. operation in... Interior Department renews leases for Twin Metals mine project http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/2005/interior-department-renews-leases-for-twin-metals-mine-project http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The U.S. Interior Department said it has reinstated the mineral rights leases for a company that wants to build a copper-nickel mine near Ely in northeastern Minnesota, reversing a decision to deny the renewals that was made in the closing weeks of the Obama administration. The department’s Bureau of Land Management informed... Hansen taking Northspan reins as Lasky retires; Palmquist promoted http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/2004/hansen-taking-northspan-reins-as-lasky-retires-palmquist-promoted http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 The The Northspan Group’s Board of Directors selected Elissa Hansen to succeed Randy Lasky as president and CEO when he retires. “We’re excited to welcome Elissa to the Northspan team,” said Jeff Borling, Economic Development Lead at Great River Energy and chair of the Northspan Board of Directors. “It was a tough... PROFIT MASTERY OFFERED IN GRAND RAPIDS http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/2003/profit-mastery-offered-in-grand-rapids http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with the University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Economic Development, brought Profit Mastery to Grand Rapids. The workshop was held April 24 and 25. Profit Mastery is a program developed by BRS, built around the core premise that to improve financial performance, it must... Allstar makes winning change; countdown begins for move into new facility http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/2002/allstar-makes-winning-change-countdown-begins-for-move-into-new-facility http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Milaca-area wee ones who attend the Allstar Child Care Center are about to graduate to a different Milaca location and a brand-new facility designed especially for the needs of infant-through-school-age children.  Business owner Linnea Otto, Allstar Director Amanda Hoffman and the 20 other employees in the Allstar family are busy but... Kwik Trip outlines plans for Milaca http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/2001/kwik-trip-outlines-plans-for-milaca http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Kwik Trip presented its plans at the March 12 Milaca Planning Commission meeting for a station and convenience store at 920 First St., just north of the Hardee’s, to be completed in the 2019 construction season.  Kwik Trip development coordinator Nate Byom said, “I just want to say how excited we... Expo shows off business emphasizes community http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/2000/expo-shows-off-business-emphasizes-community http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Milaca Chamber Director Andrea Mikla said she had 30 vendors booked but room for a few more in the 51st annual Business Expo and CommUnity Breakfast held March 24 at the high school, 500 Highway 23 West. The Expo ran until noon, but the complimentary breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs... Illume to move its headquarters to Maple Grove Business Park http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/1993/illume-to-move-its-headquarters-to-maple-grove-business-park http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Maple Grove’s new 50-acre business park has found an anchor tenant. Illume Holding Co., which produces candles and other personal fragrance products, recently announced plans to consolidate its operations into a 288,000-square-foot facility in the Arbor Lakes Business Park being developed by Duke Realty. “The addition of Illume will help diversify... Daikin Applied proposes expanding its manufacturing presence in Minnesota http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/1410/daikin-applied-proposes-expanding-its-manufacturing-presence-in-minnesota http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500 On its journey to become the number one applied HVAC manufacturer in North America, Daikin Applied announced its proposal to expand production capabilities with a new state-of-the-art, built-to-order manufacturing facility in Southern Minnesota, north of the city of Faribault. Daikin Applied is a division of Daikin Industries, the world's number one... New Minnesota USDA rural development director focused on improving quality of life http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/163/new-minnesota-usda-rural-development-director-focused-on-improving-quality-of-life http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Tue, 10 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0500 Brad Finstad understands rural Minnesota. Having grown up in that setting and served in various capacities related to rural Minnesota in both the public and private sector, Finstad has a handle on the issues communities are facing. In addition, Finstad served as a legislative aid and then as a state representative, so... Chamber hosting Women’s Networking event http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/162/chamber-hosting-womens-networking-event http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0500 NEW ULM — The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a networking and development opportunity for women on March 15,  at the Best Western Plus/New Ulm Conference Center. Mingle With A Purpose: Heels And All, featured Molly Cox, was an opportunity for women to get together, network with other women, and leave... Business survival rate top in the nation http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/160/business-survival-rate-top-in-the-nation http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0500 Minnesota has the country’s highest five-year survival rate for new businesses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Minnesota, of the businesses that launched five years ago in 2012, 57.4 percent of them were still operating. That’s the highest percentage nationwide. The five-year survival rate nationally is 50.2 percent. Many... Hutchinson businesses can showcase what they do at Expo http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/159/hutchinson-businesses-can-showcase-what-they-do-at-expo http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0500 Hutchinson businesses can showcase what their business does in the community at the Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo. The expo will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. All participating businesses/organizations must be located within a 10-mile radius of Hutchinson.... Starting a business? Help is available http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/158/starting-a-business-help-is-available http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0500 The 2018 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is available from the Small Business Assistance Office at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The guide, which is free of charge, provides a summary of issues faced by people starting a business in Minnesota. “Small businesses employ... Venema appointed consumer account rep at Lake Country Power http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/155/venema-appointed-consumer-account-rep-at-lake-country-power http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0500 Lake Country Power recently appointed Becky Venema of Bovey, MN as consumer account rep II in its Grand Rapids Service Center. Venema will be responsible for resolving a wide range of member inquires and concerns regarding issues such as billing, work orders, service orders and transfers. Venema most recently worked as an... Remer Northland School accepts more than $39,000 from Lake Country Power http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/154/remer-northland-school-accepts-more-than-39000-from-lake-country-power http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:00:00 -0500 Lake Country Power recently presented a rebate check to Northland Community Schools in Remer, Minn., for $39,781, making it the largest commercial rebate the co-op has processed to-date. “It was a nice surprise to receive this money from Lake Country Power,” said Dan Switzer, chair of the school board. “There was... Great River Energy certifies new round of data center sites http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/165/great-river-energy-certifies-new-round-of-data-center-sites http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0500 Data centers have become integral to everyday life. They provide the security and bandwidth needed to store and process information, making tasks such as email, streaming video and transferring money possible. The demand for data centers will continue, as companies such as telecommunication providers, banking and healthcare institutions depend on fast,... Spurring business growth in Anoka County http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/168/spurring-business-growth-in-anoka-county http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0500 “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” - James Cash Penney This apt quote by the founder of the department store chain JCPenney can be applied to economic development. Sustainable growth requires investment and engagement from a broad range of stakeholders. But gathering disparate... Faribault Foods expansion earns EDAM’s Project of the Year Award http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/169/faribault-foods-expansion-earns-edams-project-of-the-year-award http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0500 The City of Faribault recently received the 2018 Project of the Year Award by the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) for working diligently with Faribault Foods and La Costena Group to accommodate a large-scale expansion project involving complex public infrastructure needs and an aggressive timeline. EDAM hosted an awards ceremony... Fergus Falls Area Entrepreneurs, Creators & Innovators approaches one year anniversary http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/153/fergus-falls-area-entrepreneurs-creators-&-innovators-approaches-one-year-anniversary http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0500 January and February are the months of annual reports for many organizations and for the Fergus Falls Area Entrepreneurs, Creators & Innovators (EC&I) it is not different. Formed in April of 2017, the Fergus Falls Area EC & I is a monthly gathering of entrepreneurs, technologists, veterans, students, investors, artists and... Lambrecht helps market region for data center growth http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/166/lambrecht-helps-market-region-for-data-center-growth http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0500 Many organizations and people play a role when it comes to promoting Minnesota as a place to do business, including Tom Lambrecht, economic development services manager at Great River Energy, who recently participated on a panel at the Utilities and Data Center Conference in Austin, Texas. There, Lambrecht touted the Midwest... Economic development services launches new website http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/167/economic-development-services-launches-new-website http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0500 Great River Energy has launched a revamped website that highlights its economic development efforts in Minnesota that includes a comprehensive suite of user-friendly tools and information for site selectors, entrepreneurs and business owners. The new economic development portal is a comprehensive repository featuring data from Great River Energy’s 28 member cooperatives... Local counties eligible for support from FCC’s Connect America Fund http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/152/local-counties-eligible-for-support-from-fccs-connect-america-fund http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Wed, 28 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0500 Nearly 17,500 rural homes and businesses in Minnesota that are currently unserved by high-speed Internet service could get connectivity in the near future. These homes and businesses are in unserved areas of Minnesota eligible for financial support from the next phase of FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF), which helps offset the... McGregor Baking Company 2017 Business of the Year http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news/p/item/151/mcgregor-baking-company-2017-business-of-the-year http://econdev.greatriverenergy.com/news Tue, 27 Mar 2018 19:00:00 -0500 Mark and Stacy Bohn, owners of McGregor Baking Company and Café, were presented with the 2017 Business of the Year award at the annual McGregor Area Chamber of Commerce dinner held on Jan. 29. The Bohns opened the McGregor Baking Co. and Café in May 2006, a result of the encouragement...