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!

First Annual Frozen Farm Forum in LqP to focus on Hemp and Clean Energy – Jan 11-12

We are pleased to announce the First Annual Frozen Farm Forum on January 11 and 12 at the Madison Armory in Western Minnesota. Attendees will learn how to expand business opportunities by getting into hemp and clean energy industries. (Register here!)

Day One will focus on hemp. Speakers will include Margaret Wiatrowski from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture talking about the Hemp Study Program. There will also be a panel of farmers and small business owners who have benefited from the move to hemp for at least part of their business.

Day Two will focus on clean energy. Qualifying businesses will learn how to get started building income by farming renewable energies from CERT (Clean Energy Resource Teams). All attendees will learn how to save on energy conservation strategies from PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) and what financing is available to make that happen.

Visit the conference web site. Download a press release. Register now.

New Partnership to Help Agri-Businesses in Minnesota – And You Can Help!

New from the MN SBA…

New Partnership to Help Agri-Businesses in Minnesota 

SCORE and USDA have partnered to help the ag community in Minnesota.  SCORE is adding a focus area with its volunteer network to work with farmers and ranchers across the country. Minnesota is part of the pilot program to provide free and confidential business mentoring and more to people seeking support in the early stages of building a farm/ranch business or in growing their current operation.

There are thousands of new and established agri businesses that could benefit from professional support. SCORE with its highly experienced business personnel is in an ideal position to offer this support. Initially the program will be managed by SCORE National. Five states, including Minnesota, are part of the pilot program.

In Minnesota, SCORE will conduct mentoring activities both in person and electronically, host training classes and offer general support to small agri businesses. It will work through the Farm Service agency, a division of USDA.

SCORE is looking for people in three categories:

Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
If you are a business owner or ready to start an agri business, let SCORE help you start or grow your business.

Business Advisors
If you are in the business of helping other businesses and have a client that you feel could benefit from working with a SCORE volunteer, please send them our way for free mentoring and classes.

New Volunteers
Do you have experience in farming or the industries that support ag?  SCORE would love to talk with you about how you could help their efforts by being a volunteer.

No matter which of the three above you are, SCORE stands ready to help. You can contact SCORE at www.score.org or call or email Marshall Jones at 612-345-4635, mjones5724 at aol.com.

Getting set up will be simple and quick.

Call House and Senate Leaders to Preserve Private Activity Bonds Now!

We received the following from Council of Development Finance Agencies and wanted to share it. Rural areas will be harder hit due to sparsity in population issues and these areas are just to easy to cut in favor of sending more money to the metro areas.

Following yesterday’s Ways & Means markup session, several Republican members of the Ways & Means Committee approached Chairman Brady with concerns about eliminating Private Activity Bonds. CDFA has learned that industry-wide efforts to preserve PABs have led to a flood of calls being made to the offices of Republican leadership, and these calls are making a difference

To keep the pressure on, CDFA asks that you call the office of Rep. Erik Paulsen and let him know how important Private Activity Bonds are to the development finance industry. Offices are currently keeping tallies of the number of calls focused on Private Activity Bonds, so be sure to keep your message simple, and specifically request that they strike the provision eliminating Private Activity Bonds.

Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
127 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
F: 202-225-6351

Once you have called your respective office, please use the sample letter template provided in the link below, and fax it to your representative. I only ask that you include your organization’s letterhead, at the top of the page.

>>>View Sample Letter

Thank you in advance for your help.

Help Wanted! Full Time Economic Development Project Manager at LqP EDA

Full Time Economic Development Project Manager

The Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority in Madison, MN has an opening for a full time Economic Development Project Manager.

Immediate Supervisor: Director of Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority

Job summary

Develops and implements economic development and redevelopment programs with the goals of private business attraction, retention and transition; job growth, housing and tax base expansion is paramount. Serves as the key point of contact for business start-up, to locate, expand or transition in the County and guides projects and proposals through the necessary approval processes.  Works with entrepreneurs and assists connecting them with Small Business Development Mentors and works in concert with mentors to guide in the business proposal process and the navigations through necessary approval processes.

Minimum qualifications

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Development, Business, Finance, Marketing, Public Administration or related field; and three years related work experience; or an equivalent combination of formal training/education and work experience.  Must possess a valid driver’s license. Experience interacting with local government entities and knowledge of municipal development processes strongly desired.

Knowledge Preferred

Governmental structure and political processes

Skills Required

Skill in communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interact with co-workers and the public.

Physical Activities Required

Typing, filing and repetitive motions. Exerting up to ten pounds of force occasionally and/ ability to left, carry, push, pull or otherwise move and/ or lift objects of up to 50 lbs.  Sitting a majority of the time. Walking and standing are required occasionally.

Other Information

This is a full time salaried position. And is eligible to qualify for Minnesota PERA benefits upon retirement.

For more information, contact Director of The Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority at: (320) 598-7976 or email to director@lqpeda.com

This posting will is open and will remain active until November 30, 2017, with an initial application review on December 5th, 2017.

Please submit a cover letter and attach a current resume by email to: director@lqpeda.com  or

US Mail to:
Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority
600 6th Street – Ste. 10
Madison, MN 56256