SEMLM Southeast MN Economic Study 

Through a grant appropriation from DEED, in early 2018 SEMLM and CEDA engaged HR&A Advisors, Inc. to conduct a study to understand the economic growth facing cities and counties in Southeast Minnesota. The Southeast Minnesota Economic Impact Study aims to provide communities in the eight-county region with long-range population, employment, and economic forecasts at the county- and region-wide scales. These forecasts will equip municipalities, counties, and the Region with quality data that can inform long-range planning, guiding important municipal and county decision making for things like investment in new infrastructure and public works, municipal services and schools, land use planning, and strategic downtown planning, in addition to regional considerations about transportation investment and housing growth. With a clearer understanding of the future population and economy of Southeast Minnesota, the Region can work to ensure that this growth is equitable and sustainable, serving all residents and workers.

Link to Study Report    

Link to Study Data

 Addressing SE MN's

Housing Issue

Feb. 18th  

TIF - SEMLM city officials and staff had a great session on Tax Increment Finance (TIF) with Mike Bubany of DDA to learn how it works, and how to protect our cities. This was great prep for the next session in March.

Get the presentation here:

March 30th at 3:00 pm

Housing and TIF - We’ll have a panel of regional experts in housing development with examples of when TIF helps with housing, when it doesn’t, and why. TIF won’t solve every housing shortage, but it could help part of the way. We need these good examples to share with legislators for changes to make TIF a stronger tool for cities.

For event login info, email brenda@semlm.org .


All SEMLM cities get the same voice. No matter what size the city, dues are only $40 per year, and each city has one vote.

Contact brenda@semlm.org for your city to join.

Board Seat Openings

Both city elected officials and staff are needed to serve on the Board to provide guidance and program input to serve all the cities of SE MN.

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The SEMLM serves all cities in the eleven-county area, and we welcome our county officials, legislators, and SEMLM organizational friends to partner with us for the region.