Welcome to Lac qui Parle County

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It All Starts with the Visit . . .  

“If you build a place where people want to visit, you’ll build a place where people want to live. And, if you build a place where people want to live, you’ll build a place where people have to work. If you build a place where people want to work, you’ll build a place where business wants to be. And, if you build a place where business wants to be, you’ll have built a place where people want to visit.”

– Maura Gast / Irving CVB

The mission of the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority is to be the catalyst for economic growth, job creation, and improving the quality of life in Lac qui Parle County.

We are here to:

  • Help local businesses
  • Introduce the rest of the world to LqP
  • Support young entrepreneurs

We have a few ongoing programs:

Please contact us for more information!

Register Now for “Thriving by Design, Rural & Urban Together,” June 27-29, in Granite Falls

PJ is attending and we hope to see some local there!

We’ve recently confirmed three new outstanding speakers for our historic gathering in western Minnesota this summer which features some of the most knowledgeable people in the entire region on our demographic and economic disparities, and how to fix them.    Kevin Jensvold, Chairman of the Upper Sioux Community, will deliver our opening welcome on June 27, Diana Anderson, President of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, will open our proceedings on June 28, and Dr. Bruce Corrie, Director of the City of St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development and co-founder of OneMN.org, will discuss the Shared Sustainable Prosperity framework and process.  Other speakers previously announced include:   Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Kevin LindseyState Demographer Susan Brower; Cornelia Flora Butler, co-creator of the Community Capitals Framework and a highly respected expert in rural community development; Craig Helmstetter, managing director of the American Public Media Research Lab, and Tane Danger, (Growth & Justice board member) and his Theater of Public Policy troupe.    Participants in this event will help create a unifying “One Minnesota Equity Blueprint,’’ a new social contract that heals our divisions: the rural-metro divide, racial injustice, overall economic inequality and environmental degradation.   Registration options include participating as an official delegate in the six-month blueprint development, or as a general participant.   Please register now – space is filling up. Registration Fees, including meals, are $195 for the entire gathering or $100 for June 28 only. Some scholarships are still available to help cover registration, lodging, and travel for participants who commit to being an Equity Blueprint delegate. More information on “Thriving by Design, Rural & Urban Together,” is available on our website.    Our partner in this event is OneMN.org, an organization focused statewide on building our “ethnic capital” and working toward racial equity in business and economic development.  Their motto — “Building Shared Sustainable Prosperity’’ — resonates strongly with our own mission statement.   Please spread the word, even if you cannot attend.

New Date!! Women in Agriculture Meeting – June 5

We are pleased to invite you to the first Women in Agriculture Meeting :

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
5:00-6:30 pm
Lac qui Parle County Annex Multi-Media Room
Madison, MN

Here is Your Chance to Learn and Share with other Women Involved in Agriculture!

This group is being formed for women in all aspects in agriculture

Light meal will be provided – and door prizes!

Contact the EDA at (320)598-7976 for questions.

High School Math Teacher Opening at the Dawson-Boyd High School

A good position for the right person…

Dawson-Boyd Public Schools is seeking a full-time 7-12 Math Teacher to join our staff for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.  Extracurricular opportunities are also available. For more information please visit Dawson-Boyd Public Schools, call Principal Ryan Stotesbery at 320-769-2955 or via email at rstotesbery@dwby.k12.mn.us

Get an application.

Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce is hiring an Executive Director

A great job for the right person…

The Chamber of Commerce is now hiring for the position of Executive Director.
​See the full job description here.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to granitefallschamberofcommerce@gmail.com with Executive Director in the subject line. No phone calls. Application deadline is May 10, 2018