Lake City – Minnesota
Lake City lies along Lake Pepin, a wide portion of the Mississippi River.
Lake City is located 65 miles southeast of the Twin Cities at the intersection of U.S. Highways 61 and 63 on the Mississippi River at Lake Pepin..
Cailin joined CEDA in October 2021 as a Community and Economic Development Specialist for the City of Lake City. Cailin is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2019 with a degree in Real Estate & Urban Analysis and Economics. Before joining the CEDA team, Cailin worked in the retail sector as a Merchandise Planner for Abercrombie & Fitch. In addition to her professional business experience, she has a background in nonprofit management focused in fundraising, youth development and housing assistance.
Cailin has a passion for serving local communities and its residents, and is especially interested in housing, marketing, tourism and community engagement. She is excited to leverage her prior nonprofit and professional experience to integrate herself into the communities she serves and help them grow.
Ben Strand has lived in Winona since 2012 when he started his freshman year at Winona State University studying Journalism and English Writing. While in school he worked at the Winona Daily News for three years covering arts and culture and education. He also spent a year working at the Pump House Regional Arts Center in La Crosse, WI. He started getting involved in Winona’s arts and culture community by hosting monthly open-mic poetry events in 2014 and volunteering for various music and arts festivals in the region. During his last year of school he co-founded Treedome Productions, a multi-media entertainment production company presently located in Rochester, MN. Ben is a cohort of the 2018 Blandin Community Leadership Program and 2019 Leadership Winona program.
Prior to starting with CEDA in June, Ben spent three years at the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce as the Main Street Program Manager working with the city’s downtown district and aiding in its economic development and revitalization.
Ben is extremely passionate about rural community development and rural downtowns. He looks forward to contributing to the growth and development of Lake City and Wabasha in the coming years, as a lot of important projects are in progress that will have drastic and positive impacts on the community.