Archives for June 2018

Goodhue County Invests in Projects Within Municipalities

Article by: Ron Zeigler

Recently, three tax abatement applications have been processed and approved through the public hearing process by the Goodhue County Commissioners.  CEDA Team Member, Ron Zeigler, working closely with Goodhue County Administrative Staff,  guided the applications through the EDA Subcommittee, the EDA Board of Directors and eventually onto the Agenda of the Goodhue County Commissioners.

The Goodhue County Commissioners have historically provided incentives for projects that make good sense to be involved in and they have supported projects that happen within municipal boundaries.  The three projects recently supported include:

  • $137,952 worth of Tax Abatement to assist in the  18,192 square foot, $2.264 million expansion to the Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls, MN.  The expansion will be for increased production and warehousing and will create 4.85 FTE jobs with an annual estimated increase in payroll of $117,520.
  • $56,000 worth of Tax Abatement to assist in the site preparation of the new Zumbrota Sales dealership. Total project cost for the new construction project will be $3.372 million with an estimated 25 new full-time positions averaging $24 per hour and 9 part-time positions.  New payroll in year 1 is expected to be $1.77 million.
  • $35,000 worth of Tax Abatement to assist in the $915,000 construction project for the new building for the Zumbrota Vet Clinic. Two new FTE technician positions will be created at $15 per hour and one new veterinarian will become full-time.

In total, Goodhue County will be abating $22,096 for the first eight years for a cumulative total of $228,952 over the life of the abatements as an investment towards $6,551,000 of private investment within the County, creating approximately 35 new jobs with an estimated payroll of approximately $2 million.

Ellendale, MN Promotes Community Assets at Home Show

The City of Ellendale, MN recently exhibited at the 17th annual KOWZ & KRUE Home and Recreation Show in Owatonna, MN. Participation in the Show was proposed by CEDA team member Rebecca Charles who serves the City.

Charles worked with City staff and boards to compile reference materials and an attractive booth display and layout that would appeal to visitors.

By exhibiting in the Show, Ellendale was able to increase awareness of its location, amenities and development opportunities to commercial and residential prospects.

“Many attendees, even those currently working and residing in neighboring communities, were unaware of Ellendale’s proximity to major cities and transportation systems,” Charles noted. “The City’s presence at this home and recreation show truly broadened awareness of the City and its viability as an exceptional opportunity for development.”

New micro-distillery breaks ground in Harmony, MN

Article By: Cris Gastner

The City of Harmony, MN and CEDA Vice President, Chris Giesen have been working with the owners of the new micro-distillery Harmony Spirits on a potential project in downtown Harmony for the last four years and on May 29th both sides got to celebrate all of their work with an official groundbreaking ceremony to announce the project.

To assist in making the project happen, the City of Harmony is providing the business with a parcel of land, a $25,000 revolving loan, a $10,000 forgivable loan, and Giesen’s technical assistance and small business counseling. Harmony Spirits will be building a new facility and create 3 full-time jobs to start with the possibility of 2 more full-time and a few part-time jobs after they are open and operating.

The property on which Harmony Spirits will be building its new facility is part of a redevelopment project the City started in 2005 when, with some assistance from the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development, they purchased and redeveloped some blighted properties in the downtown district.  “When we made the investment in redeveloping those lots in our downtown, we weren’t looking for the fastest project, we were looking for the right project for that area.” Said Harmony City Administrator Jerome Illg “We feel that the Harmony Spirits project is a great addition to our community because not only are they bringing a facility and jobs but their business will also draw many additional visitors to our downtown which benefits all of our other businesses as well in terms of potential customers.”

Site work will likely begin immediately and the owners are hoping to have the facility completed by early July and to begin producing product in August. Harmony Spirits will produce whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum all made from locally sourced grains which will be recycled after the distilling process and used as feed for local cattle.