Prosperity’s Front Door: How Homes Build Strong Communities

A new statewide initiative – Prosperity’s Front Door: How Homes Build Strong Communities – is engaging Minnesotans in discussing housing challenges, opportunities and solutions.

The simple fact is this: If Minnesota is to continue to grow and create opportunities for all families, the demand for homes for all incomes must be addressed.

Prosperity’s Front Door is finding bipartisan support for the common sense solutions identified by the Minnesota Housing Task Force, which include everything from cutting red tape to innovation to increasing resources. The St. Cloud Times said it perfectly in an Oct. 19 editorial after our discussion with business and community leaders:

“Affordable housing is good for families and kids, and some might see it as a moral societal obligation, as well. But it’s good business, too, say backers of the task force’s approach being promoted in a series of community meetings around the state…Redefining ‘affordable housing’ to address availability across the market’s price range is a near-revolutionary addition to the discussion. Calling on the business community to stand up to its stakeholder role in housing issues as a primary tactic — not in the back seat to moral issues — is novel. But it makes perfect sense. Lack of affordable housing hinders employers who are trying to relocate here or fill vacant jobs, from entry level to management.”

The Hemp Consortium presents the LqP Summer 2018 Summer Hemp Conference

UPDATE – the conference has been postponed due to conflict. We will get back soon with more details.

July 23, 2018
Madison Minnesota
Register now!



This class is tailored to communities who want to invest in Industrial Hemp. Farmers, investors and government planners would benefit from the course.

We review farming and necessary changes to make your farm viable for hemp. Processing plants and acreage to supply a facility, legal issues, insurance, financing and more.

The class is more in-depth in order to help community leaders decide if they should take the next step.

Class schedule subject to change based on the needs of the community. If you don’t see a schedule that works for you, contact us and we will put a program together for your area.

Group discounts available.

Celebrating Women in Energy: Nina Axelson with Ever-Green Energy

We’re celebrating Women’s History month by highlighting Women in Energy – thanks to Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries…

The Minnesota Women in Energy series highlights influential women who are part of our state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. CERTs is highlighting these leaders during the month of March in 2018, which is Women’s History Month. As part of the series we interviewed Nina Axelson, Vice President Public Relations with Ever-Green Energy, to learn more about her work, what inspires her, and how other women can get involved in the industry. Read on to learn more! Can you tell us a little bit about what you do in the energy world in Minnesota?   Nina Axelson: I oversee public affairs for Ever-Green Energy, a utility and engineering company in Saint Paul that helps modernize and manage reliable energy systems.

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MEETING DATE CHANGE NOTICE – from Jan 24 to Jan 31


Regular Meeting Date Change

From Wednesday, January 24th, 2017 to

Wednesday, January 31, 2017


Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority Board

County Commissioner Boardroom

Any questions can be directed to Board Chair, Sonjia Lien at the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority at 320-668-2408.

Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Change is due to illness of the Director

LqP County announces new financing tool for energy efficiency & renewable energy improvements

Interest in energy efficiency for buildings and adding renewable energy like solar has been growing in recent years in LqP County. A new financing tool called Property-Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, will now help adoption of these energy technologies grow even faster.

Newly available to businesses, farms, multi-family housing, nonprofits, and places of worship in LqP County, PACE provides project financing that is repaid as a separate item on property tax assessments for a set period. In this way, PACE eliminates the burden of upfront costs by providing low-cost, long-term financing.

“We’ve been hearing from businesses in LqP County that are looking for an easy way to pay for energy-saving improvements to their buildings, and PACE is an excellent tool for helping them get it done,” shared LqP County leader.

Examples of potential building improvements that can be financed with PACE are solar arrays, HVAC upgrades, LED lighting, condensing boilers, digital controls, insulation, variable-frequency drive motors, building automation systems, and other water and energy conservation measures.

“PACE financing is different than a traditional loan and will help building owners in LqP County overcome several barriers to making energy-related building improvements,” County/City leader continued. “For starters, there are no upfront costs and there is less of a reliance on credit. Also, unlike a loan, when a transfer of ownership of the property takes place, the PACE assessment obligation stays with the property, not the property owner. In addition, PACE assessments can generally be repaid over longer terms than a bank might allow.”

LqP County signed a joint powers agreement with the Saint Paul Port Authority on date authorizing the new PACE program. The Saint Paul Port Authority provides the PACE funding and administers all aspects of the program. LqP County places the assessment on the property, collects payments each year, and passes money back to the Port Authority.

If people want to learn more about PACE and take action, the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) have an extensive resource page with program details and applications, factsheets, success stories, and frequently asked questions at