About Us


To make our communities the best place to do business. 



To give a voice to the economic and business interests of Wadena County and surrounding communitites by providing educational, networking, and advocacy resources and opportunities. 


Our History

The Economic Alliance (the Alliance) was formed as a private, not-for-profit in 2011 from the need for a voice for economic development in our area of West Central Minnesota. With the goal of collaboration and flexibility in mind, the Alliance was organized to represent both public and private interests, and not to be confinded to a defined governmental boundary. 

Today, the Alliance consists of an Executive Board of volunteers representing banking, government, non-profit, and private industry interests and a full-time Executive Director who carries out the day-to-day operations and strategic mission of the Alliance. 

The Alliance currently serves all of Wadena County and the City of New York Mills.


Strategic Plan

Click here to view our strategic plan, approved by our Executive Board in June of 2018. The plan is designed to provide a roadmap for the activities of the Alliance. It contains a description of the three pillars of the Alliance--education, networking, and advocacy-- as well as priorities and strategies for implementation. The foundation of this strategic plan is input from community and business leaders. It was their dreams and concerns for the region that shaped and guided this document and will continue to shape and guide the Alliance for years to come. 

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Happiest State in the U.S. (MagnifyMoney, 2018)

Happiest State
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1st in Quality of Life (Forbes, 2017)

Quality of Life
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1st Best State for Women (WalletHub, 2017; Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 2015)

Best State for Women
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Best-Run State in America (24/7 Wall Street/USA Today, 2017)

Best-Run State
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2nd Best State Overall (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

Best State Overall
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1st in 5-Year Business Survival Rate (Bureau of Labor Analysis, 2012-2017)

Business Survival Rate
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Happiest – and Least Stressed – State in the Country (WalletHub, 2017)

Least Stressed