Making Our Communities the Best Place to do Business

Monday, June 08, 2020

The West Central Economic Development Alliance is committed to making our communities the best place to do business. The Economic Alliance is a non-profit that focuses on economic development in Wadena County and the surrounding communities. 

Our mission is to give a voice to the economic and business interests of Wadena County by providing educational, networking, and advocacy resources and opportunities. One way we do this is through our website which is designed to be a tool for aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners, and community members. 

We also work to bring awareness to the community by promoting it as an excellent place to live and do business. 

Read more about the West Central Economic Development Alliance here.


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