Archives for October 2017

CEDA Celebrates Manufacturing in SE MN

Manufacturing is being celebrated around the nation during the month of October. Many communities promote tours as an opportunity for individuals to understand the high-tech and innovative work environments that these organizations provide.

Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) partnered with the State of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Journey To Growth (J2G) to host tours of manufacturing facilities in four communities throughout southeastern Minnesota: Stewartville, Rochester, Blooming Prairie and Caledonia. 

Education professionals, elected officials, and media personnel were encouraged to attend one or more of these tours which consisted of a brief appreciation ceremony including presentation of certificates from the Governor’s office by an official from DEED as well as a guided tour at each company.  Participants were asked to share their experience through photos, videos, streaming, blogging or other means of communication.

Because Minnesota is so well represented by the manufacturing industry sector, this event was a meaningful and important way to expose educators and elected officials to the diverse, impressive, abundant and valuable career opportunities that exist in manufacturing.

CEDA Community Hosts 30,000 Visitors

Article by: Jason Passmore

RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), the largest bike ride in the world, stayed overnight in Cresco, July 27th after stopping in Protivin.  The work by CEDA team members serving Howard County Business & Tourism was instrumental in working with the event that brings riders in from every U.S. state and over 30 countries. With 187 planning days, 21 committees with 110 members, and even more volunteers, Cresco put on a show that delighted riders of all ages.

VIPs; Lance Armstrong (bicyclist), Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR), Matt Kenseth (NASCAR), and Matt Dungey (Motocross/Supercross) not only stayed overnight in Cresco, but visited with riders, fans, and residents. Lance Armstrong even played the drums during the evening’s entertainment!

Riding isn’t the only activity on RAGBRAI. Variety-The Children’s Charity gave away 40 bikes, helmets, and locks to some lucky children in Cresco. The Chicago Urban Bicycling Society held an auction in Cresco raising over $7,000 for Camp Courageous in Iowa. Over 400 riders took the shuttle in Protivin to visit the Norman Borlaug Boyhood Farm. Over 500 riders “showered with a pig” at the Ag Education Center and got to hold baby pigs and learn about this unique bio-secure facility.

The economic impact of one day of RAGBRAI is substantial. On the local level, restaurants, food vendors, non-profits, churches and retailers had a great day in Cresco and Protivin.