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

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:  or

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

2017 a Year in Review from LqP EDA

I cannot believe we are already coming to the close of 2017.  Harvest is well underway and soon we will be wishing each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I look back on the year with a great sense of accomplishment, knowing that the new year will have much more to be done.  Our work is never done, but sometimes it is good to take an account of how far we have come.

I know that we all feel a call to purpose and hope that our efforts make a difference, and yet we live in a world that is ever calling us to the work yet to be done.  I hope at this time of reaping and harvest,  our efforts both in the field and in our collective jobs,  that we take the time to understand that we are all in this together and to voice the appreciation we have for our colleagues, friends and family.

I am very blessed in all areas, and I want to thank all of you for the efforts you put forward in the community, through events, volunteer efforts, your churches, and your random acts of kindness to each other along the way. I have been so blessed by so many of you in the community in your friendship, kindnesses and prayers.

I have appreciated the opportunity to serve in this county since 2013 and I will continue to do my absolute best to work alongside all of you to bring hope and prosperity to our county and to truly appreciate the wonderful place where we all live, work and play.

My door is always open to you, and I hope together we can continue to make a difference in our county and region. Hope never dies when we live in gratitude and kindness with one another.  Thanks for making my 2017 a great year!”\

2017 a Year in Review from LqP EDA County Board
2017 Status Report from the LqP EDA

School Building Bond Legislative Update

The Legislature and the Governor wrapped up another session, with the Governor signing all the major budget bills as well as the omnibus tax and elections bills. There are several important provisions included in all three bills that will affect school district budgets and facilities planning. Because this is a “budget” year, the major omnibus bills needed to be signed into law to keep the government funded. As a result, there are many provisions that were enacted, but we intend to only highlight the major changes, and primarily those in the facilities area. There were many smaller changes that might affect some districts but not others. Ehlers has tracked the changes for you.

Read more!