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County suggests summit of EDAs

By Staff | Aug 21, 2011

Tom Loveall

Questions continue to be raised on how to handle economic development in Faribault County.

At Tuesday’s County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Tom Loveall proposed a summit between the Faribault County Development Corporation, the Faribault County EDA, the Wells EDA, the Winnebago EDA and the Blue Earth EDA.

“I want people to discuss what they see as a shared goal,” Loveall says. “A concensus needs to be reached.”

The summit will be run by an outside moderator.

“I don’t know how effective EDA can be in this county,” Loveall says. “I do know it will be most effective if we are pulling the wagon the same way.”

Winnebago City Administrator Austin Bleess came before the board during the public comment portion of the meeting to ask the board’s position on the subject.

“I applaud you for taking the lead on this,” Commissioner Tom Warmka says. “And keeping this discussion going.”

In other business, the board:

Approved the resignation of Denny Tesch. Tesch worked for the road maintenance department during his career with the county. The board tabled discussions to advertise for a position replacing Tesch.

Received an update from Reggie Edwards of the Region Nine Development Commission. The commission applies for grants, and provides, aging, meal and legal services to nine counties in south central Minnesota.

Edwards says for every $2.06 contributed from tax payers in the region, $15.03 is brought back to citizens through leveraging federal and state funds.

Approved the hiring of Dean Vereide and Jane Zabel to drive the Prairieland Express.