SEMLM News and Recent Meeting materials



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

Snowy Night


January Event 





Jan. 31, 2023 in Kasson 

Registration begins in January 

SE MN cities are invited to attend the 2023 SEMLM Annual Membership meeting January 31st at the Kasson Legion. This evening dinner meeting focuses on topics to be presented to legislators to support SE MN cities. 

      The SEMLM 2023 final legislative action items are shared and moved forward with all legislators in SE MN. Topics cities will vote on include:

  • Fire Department Equipment Funding

  • Ambulance Funding and other needs

  • Local control of Fire and Ambulance Services

  • Water and Wastewater Operator training at Riverland 

  • LGA for cities

5:00pm - Social

Cash bar and conversation. Meet city friends, make new ones, too.

6:00 pm - Great Dinner

Meal options are Steak, Shrimp, or Combo of both steak and shrimp 

7:00pm - Evening program 

Speakers and discussion among cities. Have your city represented for voting. Every city gets to vote.

8:30pm - Adjourn for more socializing and networking.


CEDS Presentation from

March 29, 2022

SEMLM Regional Event

Region 10 SE MN CEDS

Our region is doing a CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy) to meet the Federal EDA requirements to access federal economic development programs and funding. 


SE MN Regional Transit

 We have the opportunity now to develop a more complete and robust new regional transit system to serve our residents' multiple needs:

  • commuting for work, school, and shopping

  • going to medical or other appointments

  • visiting friends and family

  • attending events in the region

The planning process is underway! Funds and staff are getting put into action. Hear how your residents can make use of a regional transit system, and how you can participate. Be part of the planning, and part of the solution, of regional transit for your community and the region.


SEMLM Broadband Survey

of Cities, Counties, and Townships

Presented at the  

Blandin Broadband

Regional Conference

Sept. 16, 2021 



Presentation materials from


July 29, 2021

Stewartville American Legion

ARPA Funding

SE MN ARP Overview

MMB - Thomas Carr

Maia Wahlberg

(MN Management and Budget Department)

ARPA Info for Cities

LMC - Daniel Lightfoot 

DEED’s new Mainstreet Program

 Economic Development Legislative Wrap Up 2021  

DEED - Darielle Dannen


​​SEMLM - MN DEED Mainstreet Redevelopment Program FAQs




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.

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