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!

Industrial Hemp Farmers Meeting March 2 in Madison MN

The Lac qui Parle EDA will be hosting a meeting to update and follow-up with those who attended the Frozen Farm Forum and other farmers who are interested in the farming industrial hemp.  We hope to see you there!


  • Provide an update on current applicants in the MN Industrial Hemp Study. ​
  • Update on a hemp processing plant, investors, and goals for acres in our county and region.​
  • Open Discussion: thoughts, concerns, and questions ​

**Light refreshments will be provided

Event:  Industrial Hemp Farmers Meeting
When:   March 2, 2018 at 10am -11:30am
Where:  County Annex Multimedia Room
422 5th Ave, Madison, Mn 56256

Unveiling Minnesota Department of Agriculture 2017 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Report

We are pleased to share with you the Minnesota Department of Agriculture 2017 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program Report. This report is a summary of the research findings reported by the MDA hemp pilot program participants in 2017. The last four pages (pgs. 9-12) contains a summary of the University of Minnesota variety trial research findings.

Available: Block 48 Madison Commercial Property

Facility Features

Property is shovel ready Several lots make up the full block. the square footage of the property is 21,476 square feet. The block is adjacent to other main street and Hwy40 businesses comprised of mainly retail businesses and directly behind those businesses are several Grain Elevators and silos, so a multiple story building would also be conducive to the location. A TIF district is possible, but not currently TIF certified A great location with great visibility from Hwy 40 and Hwy 75 as well as Main Street (6th Avenue).

Property Overview

  • Available Acres:47
  • Zoning:Industrial-Light, Other, Retail, Residential, Planned Business Park, Office, Commercial

Additional Details

  • Adjacent available acres: No
  • Flood plain: No
  • Certified: No
  • Zoning: Industrial-Light, Other, Retail, Residential, Planned Business Park, Office, Commercial


  • Rail Served: Unknown
  • Rail Served By: Other
  • Rail Infrastructure in Place: Unknown

Electric Service

  • Served By KV Line: No

Natural Gas

  • Supplier:MN Energy


  • Supplier: City of Madison


  • Supplier: City of Madison

More info on Block 48

Minnesota is going to keep the Super Bowl Buzz going

Bloomberg reports…

Super Bowl LII is slated to be many things: the coldest ever played (projected to be 2° F); the most expensive (according to StubHub reports putting tickets at an average of $6,598 compared, to last year’s rate of $4,068); and—at an estimated 1.35 billion prepared—a record-setting day of chicken wing consumption.

What the game won’t be is the closing of the spotlight on host city Minneapolis. The metropolis has established itself as one of the country’s best places to live, whether you’re an entrepreneur or a foodie. The Bold North, a program spearheaded by Eric Dayton, son of governor Mark Dayton, is an effort to brand the city with its own regional identity by pushing branded beer and stylish hats as a way to help get the message across.

Read more

SBA February Trainings and Events

Great events if you can make time to attend…

Webinar: System for Award Management (SAM) and Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) Registrations, Feb. 6

From layout to data, SAM.gov has made dozens of minor and significant changes. Search queries, NAICS code information, self-certification, etc., are just some of the topics that have been modified in this federal database that, as a government contractor, you are required to be registered in and to keep updated annually. Join this MNPTAC webinar to learn more about the SAM.gov registration process, as well as its changes, along with updates to SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database – your electronic capability statement for the government.

Learn more and Register at https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1197.

Certification Lunch N Learn – State of MN Targeted Group/Economically Disadvantaged/Veteran Owned, Feb. 14, Minneapolis

Bring your own lunch to enjoy, while you learn about this certification process. You will learn about Office of Equity in Procurement and the Small Business Program including certifications for the Targeted Group (TG), Economically Disadvantaged (ED) and Veteran Owned (VO) small businesses. Who qualifies, what the benefits are and how to become certified will also be discussed.

Learn more and register at https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1200.

Joint Procurement Meeting hosted by Xcel Energy, Feb. 15, Minneapolis

Organized by the Women’s Business Development Center and North Central Minority Supplier Development Council, this Joint Procurement Meeting will be hosted by Xcel Energy and provide  an opportunity to meet and interact with the local and regional diverse small business community and large corporations, as well as government and not-for-profit institutions and agencies that support supplier diversity.

Learn more and register at https://www.wbdc.org/event/joint-procurement-meeting-hosted-by-xcel-energy/

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Is Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Right For You?, Feb. 22, Minneapolis

Have you been looking for that special something to help you “get in the door” of large corporations? If you are a woman-owned and operated business, that something could be the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification. Attend this WBDC workshop to find out. Ideal participants should be a part of a business that at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women, and whose target market includes corporate America.

Learn more and register at https://www.wbdc.org/event/is-certification-right-for-you-lunch-learn-workshop-4/

Becoming Competitive in a Sustainable Marketplace – A Supplier Development Workshop, Feb. 28, Minneapolis

Join the State of Minnesota and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council  to learn how your business can remain competitive in an emerging sustainable and eco-friendly marketplace. This workshop will provide an overview of national sustainable purchasing trends, provide updates on the sustainability goals and specific requirements from the State of Minnesota, and help prepare you to succeed in bidding on future sustainable state contracts.

Learn more and register at https://mngov.ecenterdirect.com/events/1211

Party bus business for sale in Madison

Party bus for sale:

  • 2000 Gillig Phantom
  • 60 Passenger Capacity
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Ride
  • Sound System
  • Lights
  • Bathroom
  • Websites
  • Bookings
  • Complete Turn Key Business

This bus is ready to go make the money. It runs great and has had many customers call for return bookings. All you have to do is add your business skills. I woudl love to keep it but I don’t have the time to run it. I am willing to trade or straight purchase.


Call of text Bob Dekle (231)301-2269

We’re hiring! Full Time Economic Development Project Manager

Employment Posting

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

Training in Economic Development, Business, Finance, Marketing, Public Administration or related field preferred; and three years broad and diverse connected or related work experience; or an equivalent combination of formal training or post-secondary education helpful.  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. Reposted on December 20. 2017.

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

Mailing address:

Lac qui Parle County EDA
600 6th Street – Ste. 10
Madison, MN 56256