SEMLM News and Recent Meeting materials


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


Fall Meeting

September 29 

Pine Island 


      SE MN cities are invited to Pine Island for the 2022 Fall SEMLM event. This evening dinner meeting focuses on the current challenges and needs of our area fire departments, with an eye toward legislative activity to support cities.

     Pine Island Mayor Friese presents his city's innovative approach to recruiting new members for their fire department, outlining the process and outcomes.

     A panel discussion with local fire chiefs digs into the current problems and challenges their departments face right now. All cities are encouraged to bring their fire chiefs and other fire department personnel to add to the discussion, which will give the SEMLM Board a base of information as they prepare to draft the 2023 SEMLM Legislative Policies for adoption in January. These 2023 final talking points and legislative action items are shared and moved forward with all the legislators in SE MN for the benefit of our region's communities.


Cash bar with light snacks/munchies. Meet your city friends and make new ones, too.

6:00 pm

Dinner options are Homemade Chicken Pot Pie or Wild Rice Meatballs with mashed potatoes and vegetable. Both come with a dinner salad, garlic breadstick, and dessert.


Evening program begins. Speakers, panel discussion, input from cities. Listen, learn, share.


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




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