On January 4th, 2021 the Economic Alliance, in collaboration with the Wadena Development Authority, hosted a special edition of the regular coffee talks called Legislative Lattes. This online event featured guest speakers Congressman Pete Stauber, MN Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, and MN House Representative John Poston. They each shared a legislative update, along with their priorities for 2021.
The Todd Wadena Development Summit was held on March 12, 2021. It was opportunity to learn about the development programs and incentives in our region. Topics included energy, broadband, and state and local incentives. It was sponsored by Todd Wadena Electric Co-Op, Todd County Development Corp., and the Economic Alliance.
The Wadena County Coffee Talks are bi-weekly virtual get togethers for community members across Wadena County, MN to connect and share resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each coffee talk features a guest speaker and is followed by round robin updates from area leaders. This edition features Allison Uselman from Todd Wadena Electric Co-Op. She shared the energy incentives and programs that TWEC has to offer.
On April 8th, 2021 the Economic Alliance hosted a Farmers' Market Vendor Training, featuring speakers from the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association and the Staples and Wadena Farmers' Markets. The training provided an overview for growers and makers on how to turn their hobby into a successful farmers' market stand.
In 2020, Wadena County, in partnership with the Economic Alliance, completed a housing study that analyzed the five major cities in the county including Menahga, Sebeka, Staples, Verndale, and Wadena. Community Partners Research conducted the study and held a virtual community town hall via Zoom on January 20, 2021 to review the findings of the study.