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SEMLM News and Recent Meeting materials




Spring Meeting 

Hosted by City of Zumbrota

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

5:00 to 8:30pm

at VFW Post 5727 25 E 1st St 

Register at

   5pm - Social time 

   6pm - Dinner  

Sliced Prime Rib or Pork Loin with gravy, both with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans with Bacon, and Raspberry Spring Salad. 

   7pm - Presentations

New USDA Programs for City Projects -  

Charles Phillips | Area Director

Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture

Upcoming 'Acres for Good' program to offer grants for cities - 

Tim Penny - Southern MN Initiative Foundation

Next Steps toward Riverland Water/Wastewater Operator Training Programs

Peggy Young - Riverland Customized Training Programs

Jinny Rietmann - Workforce Development Inc. 

Brenda Johnson - SEMLM




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Southeast MN Economic Study

In the news:

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

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