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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

New Year Sign

January 31 at Kasson 

Register at

The 2023 SEMLM Annual Membership meeting will be January 31st at the Kasson Legion.

5:00pm - Social time with open Roundtable on Charitable Gambling topics for Cities

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

6:00pm - Dinner 

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

7:00pm - Speakers and city discussion 

Cyber Security for Cities

  • Christian Torkelson (LMC/LMCIT)

    • Role for city leaders

    • Threats and damage potential

    • Current best practices

  • City of Lewiston Officials

    • Insights/recommendations from cyber attack and two ransom demands​

City Voting

SE MN City 2023 Legislative Priorities

Make sure your city attends to vote on topics for legislators to support for our SE MN cities. 

      The SEMLM 2023 final legislative action items are promoted with all legislators in SE MN.

Have your city attend to VOTE on:

  • Increasing city LGA

  • Road/Street Funding 

  • Fire Dept Equipment Funding

  • Ambulance Funding, EMS topics

  • Local control of Fire and Ambulance Services

  • Water/Wastewater Operator training at Riverland Community College campuses

  • Public Safety Duty Disability trends

All city bonding requests are eligible for inclusion in the 2023 SEMLM Legislative packet. Email your city's bonding project information to by January 15th.

8:30pm - Adjourn for more socializing, networking, and fun conversation


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 $50 per year, and each city has one vote.

Contact for your city to join.

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Email to get announcements of SEMLM events and new programs.

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.

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