Celebrate economic development in Wadena County

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3 May 2023


The Economic Alliance is the voice of economic development in Wadena County. It represents the public and private interests of Wadena County and surrounding communities through educational, networking and advocacy resources and opportunities. 

Since 2011, the Economic Alliance has operated with the region’s economic growth in mind as an ally to local businesses by connecting them to the resources and support necessary for success. This year, the Economic Alliance joins the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in celebrating National Economic Development Week, May 8 - 12. 

Observation on economic development 

The IEDC recognizes the critical support structure and guidance delivered by organizations like the Economic Alliance with its eighth annual National Economic Development Week, from May 8 to 12. The week is an opportune time to reflect on the importance of local economic development efforts to build a vibrant and sustainable community.

National Economic Development Week is a chance to recognize economic developers, the local leaders and organizations who work tirelessly to recruit investors, develop businesses, create jobs, enhance the tax base and ultimately improve the quality of life of their communities. Many resources are available for participating in this year's events. The IEDC’s 2023 Economic Development Toolkit offers many ideas, while using #EconDevWeek can help amplify the value EDOs have in a community. 

Commitment to West Central Minnesota development

The Economic Alliance leads or partners in critical economic development programs to improve the overall vitality and quality of life in Wadena County and West Central Minnesota. Its focus and dedication center on three primary community needs.

Business Start-Up, Retention and Expansion

The Economic Alliance is dedicated to attracting and retaining businesses to area communities by developing relationships with entrepreneurs and business owners, providing necessary tools and resources for business growth, encouraging entrepreneurism and general promotion. 

Infrastructure Improvement

Community infrastructure is critical to attract and retain businesses and workforce. The Economic Alliance focuses on developing strategic marketing plans for housing options, promoting financing options for existing homeowner projects and improving overall housing stock. Advocating for downtown commercial revitalization is a significant endeavor undertaken by the Economic Alliance as well. 

Workforce Development

Economic development activities are only possible with a skilled, dynamic workforce for area businesses. The Economic Alliance ensures employer needs and potential employee skills correspond appropriately through likely schooling and training options. It also develops and facilitates the use of the latest technical recruitment tools to ensure job seekers and hiring employers know the quality options in the region.  

Small business resources

The Economic Alliance has numerous general resources for local small businesses. Visit our For Business resource page for a list of area organizations offering expert assistance to start or grow a business in Wadena County. Reports on recent housing studies, economic development summits and BR&E summaries are on our Guides and Reports page. 

Join the celebration with the Economic Alliance!

The Economic Alliance dedicates its efforts to making the region’s communities the best place to do business. For assistance with various resources to help start, retain and expand an operation or for one-on-one business consultation, please email us or call (218) 837-5950.