Archives for August 2016

DRAFT REPORT – Regional Marketing Study

In 2015, CEDA was awarded a grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) to study opportunities for regional marketing in southeastern Minnesota in light of the growth projected for the region over the next 10-20+ years.  The project brought regional stakeholders together to discuss the region and opportunities to better collaborate and enhance the region’s already high-standard of life.

As a regional stakeholder yourself, please take a moment to read through the draft report:

SE MN Regional Marketing Report

Listening sessions to provide feedback on the project and report will be held:

Thursday, September 15: 6:30-8:00 PM
Harmony Community Center
225 3rd Ave SW, Harmony

Monday, September 19: 6:30-8:00 PM
Lake City Community Ballroom
205 West Center Street, Lake City

Tuesday, September 20: 6:30-8:00 PM
Dodge Center Community Center
35 East Main Street, Dodge Center

 

CEDA Regional Development Tour is a Success

On July 21, 2016, CEDA partnered with Journey to Growth (J2G) on an innovative pilot project entitled the Regional Development Tour.  This event toured and emphasized the assets of four southeastern MN communities: Stewartville,Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center, and Byron.
Attendees were provided relevant information about development opportunities, incentives, and interesting facts about each community. In addition, a post-event reception was hosted at the Ground Round in Rochester, MN which allowed for continued networking.
According to Rochester developer Joe Weis of Weis Builders, “This was the most creative approach to getting information out on southeastern Minnesota communities [he has] seen.  It was a very unique and worthwhile event.”
The feedback on the Tour has been overwhelmingly positive, and CEDA leadership shared that the organization will be hosting another event in June of 2017 in four different CEDA communities.

“As an organization, CEDA knows that our communities have a lot to offer. The enthusiastic feedback we have gotten about the tour shows us that this concept is a way to share that message on a broader scale,” said CEDA Senior Vice President Cris Gastner. 

 

Thank you to Regional Development Tour sponsors:

Stewartville Receives CEDA Authored Twins’ Grant

On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, Stewartville, MN City Council was notified that they were approved to receive $6,000 for fencing/field improvements at Meadow Park from the Minnesota Twins’ “Fields for Kids” program.
The grant was successfully authored by CEDA team member Jessica Ganrude. 
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BOSCOBEL’S AIRPORT TERMINAL CONSTRUCTION MAKING RAPID PROGRESS

Article by Tim Jacobson

Boscobel’s Airport Commission members, including CEDA team member Tim Jacobson, and other city officials met on the site of the general aviation terminal building under construction to review progress and to select finishing materials.

In June, GW Granger Construction of Richland Center broke ground on the construction of the new 1,800 sq. ft. terminal building. Already, the footings have been poured, the framing has been completed, and sheathing is in place. When finished, it will include a training room, pilot’s lounge, vending/kitchenette area, restrooms, utility room, lobby space, and vestibules.

“I’m really pleased with progress on the building,” said Peter James, president of the Airport Commission. “It’s going up fast while also being built well.”

“It’ll be great to have a beautiful and practical new terminal to greet business people and other visitors who fly into our airport,” said Mayor Steve Wetter. “The old terminal building was constructed in the 1950’s. It served us well but exceeded its useful life.”

Until recently, the project had been fraught with difficulty and delays. Originally, the state announced approval of the terminal project for completion in 2014 with federal airport improvement funds to cover the majority of the cost.

With the initial set of plans, bidding was conducted three times without success. The first time, no bids were received.  The second bid process resulted in bids being about double the original estimated cost. The third time, bid amounts still exceeded funds available. Commission members felt that the costs were not realistic for a community of Boscobel’s size.

“Part of the difficulty was that this federally funded project came with the extra red tape one might expect,” according to Ken Schweiger, a local banker and commission member. “But we were intent to keep the project alive while containing costs.”

The Airport Commission worked with Paula Groom, Project Manager from the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics, along with Federal Aviation Administration representatives, to seek a creative solution that would save tax dollars.

Ultimately, Boscobel perhaps became the first airport in the state to be given the opportunity to use a request-for-proposal (RFP) process in these particular circumstances, which provided the city and contractors with much more flexibility. With these changes, three proposals were received at a much lower projected cost. The Airport Commission and the Bureau of Aeronautics ranked the proposals, and GW Granger Construction’s proposal was selected, with the lowest base building cost and lowest overall cost.