The History of the West Central Economic Development Alliance

Monday, June 15, 2020

 The West Central Economic Development Alliance (the Economic 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 Economic Alliance was organized to represent both public and private interests, and not to be confined to a defined governmental boundary.

Today, the Economic 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 Economic Alliance currently serves all of Wadena County and is committed to make it’s communities the best place to do business. Read more about the West Central Economic Development Alliance here.


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