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 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.
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.