Entries by Region Nine

Public Meeting set for Lake Crystal’s Strategic Economic Development Plan

The Lake Crystal Strategic Economic Development Plan is the result of a seven-month initiative between RNDC and the City of Lake Crystal that creates a comprehensive picture of Lake Crystal’s local economy, position, and reputation within the region. The plan incorporated public engagement and feedback that allowed RNDC to verify findings, test assumptions, and uncover […]

Waseca receives grant to help address employment gap

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) – Nearly two years after Waseca’s largest employer shut down, the city hopes to use new grant funds to help with its employment gap. Quad Graphics closed its Waseca plant at the end of 2017, leaving more than 300 workers without jobs. In an effort to fill the hole left behind, the […]

Waseca gets grant to combat job loss due to Quad Graphics closure

WASECA — The city of Waseca is receiving nearly $396,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration to hire a recovery coordinator to help restore jobs lost as a result of the Quad Graphics closure. Quad Graphics, formerly Brown Printing, closed at the end of 2017. About 350 workers lost their jobs at […]

First-Ever Southern Minnesota Equity Summit Held Nov. 1st

Region Nine Development Commission, in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension for Community Vitality and the Greater Mankato Diversity Council and generous support from the Bush Foundation, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Mankato Area Foundation, and Saint Peter Public Schools, will host the first ever Southern Minnesota Equity Summit on November 1, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Saint Peter at the […]

Growing the local foods economy

This time of year, the farmers’ markets are rich with local vegetables, berries, meats, breads and jams. It’s a visual testament to the abundance of our region and the ever-growing local foods economy that is sustained by consumers who want to buy directly from area farmers. At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), we have been […]

Effects of Del Monte closing ripple through Sleepy Eye

SLEEPY EYE — The announcement Tuesday that Del Monte would shutter its sweet corn and pea canning plant in Sleepy Eye is reverberating throughout the community. “We had no idea it was coming. It was just a real unpleasant surprise,” said Kurk Kramer, economic development coordinator for the city. “There’s going to be a big […]