Heartland Lakes Development Commission has a great opportunity for someone with above average computer skills to fill a part – time Administrative Coordinator position we currently have available.  Responsibilities include management and update of the organizations social media, website and client database applications, bookkeeping, secretarial services.  Knowledge of Microsoft 365, Adobe and Salesforce is a plus.  The individual will have considerable flexibility and the opportunity for growth.  Please submit a resume and letter of interest to Mary Thompson, Executive Director by August 8th to be considered for this position. Resumes may be emailed to Mary at mthompson@heartlandlakesdc.org or submitted in person or via mail at 100 8th St. E., Park Rapids, MN 56470.

Job Description

In this 1.5 hour interactive workshop, participants will learn and practice the processes and techniques to define and refine an idea’s core problem, solution, customer, and the potential opportunities surrounding that idea.

Most good ideas do not come fully formed. Even the best ideas need to be iterated, explored, and refined before they have a chance at becoming great business ideas. There is a process that can be taught and practiced to sharpen an idea–taking it from good, to better, and then to great.

This workshop will expand your innovation skills, and teach you innovation methods, formalizing your ideas through an immersive and interactive class experience.

Heartland Lakes Development Commission partners with ILT Academy in delivering this workshop for students, professionals and anyone wanting to learn and expand their skills.

Students will:
· Learn to assess/ refine and articulate an idea
· Learn/practice collaboration and innovation processes
· Interact with others to help refine ideas
· Be able to explain their idea in a problem/solution format
· Create an initial 1-page Problem/Solution/Customer/ Unique Value document to support next the steps in your startup adventure

Workshop to be held July 13, 2022 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Cost for this class is only $10/person!

Register Here: https://form.jotform.com/221714396842157

Sponsored by Heartland Lakes Development Commission, ILT Studios

DEED Announces Second Round of Main Street Economic Revitalization Awards

Today’s announcement identifies partners who will run the programs in their communities

May 17, 2022 Economic Development

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St. Paul – Today, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced grantee partners for the second round of the Main Street Economic Revitalization Program. This $80 million statewide economic redevelopment program, distributed through two rounds of funding, awards grants to partner organizations to establish programs within specific communities that will, in turn, fund economic development and redevelopment projects. The second round of grants awards over $40 million to organizations across Minnesota.

“I’m thrilled by the range of creative and dynamic development proposals we got from main streets across the state,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “These investments will help re-build business clusters hit hardest by the challenges of the last few years – and they’ll create jobs and spark economic revitalization throughout Minnesota.”

This program provides grants to nonprofit partner organizations – to fund 30% matching grants up to $750,000, and guaranteed loans up to $2,000,000 to eligible recipients for eligible projects – that are designed to address the greatest economic development and redevelopment needs that have arisen in communities across Minnesota since March 15, 2020. That includes hardship suffered due to the pandemic, civil unrest, and other challenges for commercial corridors since that date.

The following 14 organizations have been selected as partner organizations through the second round of Main Street Economic Revitalization awards. These groups will implement Main Street Revitalization efforts in their regions:

  • Center for Economic Inclusion, Saint Paul, $1,000,000
    The Center for Economic Inclusion is a nonprofit organization focused on closing racial employment, income, and wealth gaps, and building racially inclusive and equitable regional economies. The Center for Economic Inclusion will work with NEOO Partners, the Mustard Seed Fund, and Ramsey and Hennepin counties to support Black- and Latino-owned small businesses with financing to spur commercial development and redevelopment along specified metro corridors.
  • Chinese American Chamber of Commerce, Bloomington, $1,000,000
    The Chinese American Chamber of Commerce (CACC-MN) is a nonprofit serving Asian American small businesses and community development in Minnesota. Through this funding CACC-MN plans to support economic development and redevelopment projects that deliver the most economic impacts in specified West Metro and West Metro suburban areas with the greatest needs due to conditions that have risen since March 15, 2020.
  • Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency, Rochester, $988,000
    The Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency supports the Destination Medical Center initiative in collaboration with the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and the DMC Corporation. This second round of funding will expand their Main Street Economic Revitalization initiative to provide grants to businesses on the outside of Rochester’s central business district to support economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Faribault, $780,000
    The Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has served area businesses since 1913. The Chamber advocates for businesses, and builds community alliances with the goal of promoting growth and prosperity in the Faribault community. Working with partner organizations, the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will provide grants to support economic development projects that deliver significant revitalized impact to the Faribault downtown area.
  • Heartland Lakes Development Commission, Park Rapids, $260,000
    The Heartland Lakes Development Commission facilitates economic growth in the region that includes Park Rapids, Nevis, Dorset, and Lake George. This second round of funding will expand their program to the City of Akeley, and to provide grants to additional businesses in the commercial districts of Park Rapids, MN and support economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Foundation, Mankato, $2,000,000
    The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Foundation is a 501(c)3 foundation managed by Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) – an organization focusing on supporting and promoting economic growth in the Greater Mankato area. Through this funding GMG will provide grants to businesses to support economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak within key commercial corridors in the Greater Mankato area.
  • Initiative Foundation, Little Falls, $4,500,000
    The Initiative Foundation is a Regional Community Foundation supporting economic and community development in 163 cities and 14 Counties across Central Minnesota. The foundation plans to support economic recovery projects in some of the following downtown/main street corridors: Little Falls, Cold Spring, Long Prairie, Brainerd, St. Cloud/East St. Cloud and Pine River.
  • The Minneapolis Foundation, Minneapolis, $16,750,000
    The Minneapolis Foundation is a community foundation supporting efforts to address the greatest civic, social and economic needs of Minneapolis and surrounding communities through grantmaking, research, advocacy and donor services. Their project will expand on their existing funding to include partnering with MEDA and others to provide grants and loans to businesses in expanded areas of Minneapolis and surrounding areas impacted by the social unrest of summer 2020 and impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Northland Foundation, $4,280,600
    The Northland Foundation is a foundation serving seven northeastern Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis, and all or parts of five Native nations with shared geography: Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. The foundation plans to support economic development and redevelopment projects that deliver the most economic impact for the rural communities and Tribal Nations of Northeast Minnesota, with the greatest needs due to conditions that have risen since March 15, 2020.
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation, $2,200,000
    Northwest Minnesota Foundation is one of the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations and serves the Northwest Minnesota community. Their project plans to provide grants and loans to businesses within the commercial corridors of Bemidji, East Grand Forks and the Highway 59 corridor within White Earth Nation boundaries, to support economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, $2,340,000
    Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) invests for economic growth in the 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. Their project will provide grants in the hospitality, retail, and childcare industries specifically in the commercial corridors of Northfield, Blooming Prairie and other Southern Minnesota regions to support economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak and natural disasters since March 15, 2020.
  • Southwest Initiative Foundation, $1,840,000
    Southwest Initiative Foundation is a rural, regional community foundation serving the 18 counties and two Native Nations of Southwest Minnesota. Their project will expand on their existing funding to provide grants to businesses in the commercial corridors of Willmar, Marshall and Montevideo to support the economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
  • West Central Initiative, $3,500,000
    West Central Initiative is a nonprofit community foundation that serves the western Minnesota region. Their project plans to support corridors and communities that were significantly impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns and whose economies rely on summer tourism from the West to the lakes area, including communities of Browns Valley and Morris, and communities intersected by State Highway 10 from Moorhead to Bluffton.
  • Winona Area Chamber of Commerce, $1,000,000
    The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)3 that plans to provide grants to qualifying businesses/capital development projects in downtown Winona, with the goal of supporting the economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Partner organizations receiving grant funds from this program will use the funds to establish a program within their service area to provide assistance to eligible recipient and projects. Once programs are established, partner organizations can offer grants up to $750,000 per project or up to $2,000,000 in guaranteed loans. Leveraged grants can cover up to 30% of the project cost. Guaranteed loans will be guaranteed by the state up to 80% of the value of the loan. Leverage grants and guaranteed loans can be used by eligible recipients for the following:

  • Repair, or renovation of real property
  • Building construction
  • Landscaping and streetscaping
  • Demolition and site preparation
  • Predesign and design
  • Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Related site amenities

Organizations who received grant awards in both rounds of this program are using the round 2 funding on entirely new business corridors. A team of reviewers, including experts in community development outside of DEED, helped score the proposals to inform DEED’s final grant allocations.

Eligible recipients will not apply directly to DEED for funding – they will apply directly to the partner organizations identified above. As they set up their programs, the partner organizations can be contacted directly for more information and details around how to request assistance for a specific eligible project.

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NEWS RELEASE

The Department of Employment and Economic Development, through its Economic Development Division has provided funding to Heartland Lakes Development Commission to establish an economic revitalization program that will provide leveraged grants to support economic development and redevelopment projects in Park Rapids.  The program will result in the revitalization of corridors and main streets that have an outsized impact on businesses and surrounding communities, expand the tax base of targeted communities, increase the creation and retention of jobs relative to the local economy and deliver a positive impact on diverse communities most severely harmed by the events of the last year.

Leveraged grants can be used by eligible recipients for the following:

  • Repair or renovation of real property
  • Building construction
  • Landscaping and street scaping
  • Demolition and site preparation
  • Predesign and design
  • Engineering
  • Non-publicly owned infrastructure
  • Related site amenities

Eligible project expenses do not include the purchase of real estate or business operations or business operating expenses, such as inventory, wages or working capital.

A leveraged grant can cover up to 30% of the total project cost and must be matched by an eligible recipient at 200% of the state’s portion of the grant.  Matching funds may include but are not limited to insurance proceeds from an eligible recipient, loan proceeds, private grants, cash contributions, donations, and local government contributions.

Applications can be obtained HERE, directly from Heartland Lakes Development Commission by calling (218) 732-2256, or from one of the participating local lending institutions.  Applications for the Main Street Economic Revitalization program will be accepted by Heartland Lakes Development Commission on a first come first serve basis until funds are depleted.

September 20, 2021 Press Release from DEED

Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants Now Accepting Applications

Applications will close on September 29

September 20, 2021 Economic Development

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is now accepting applications for the Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant program.

A total of $64,200,000 is available in grants for Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Businesses that are majority-owned by military veterans, women, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color individuals; employ 6 people or fewer; and/or did not receive previous assistance from other state relief programs will be prioritized in the selection process. Funding will be distributed in a 50/50 split between the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota.

Applicants that qualify and are selected will receive a grant amount between $10,000 and $25,000 based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTEs) employees on staff. To be eligible, businesses must operate in Minnesota and be majority owned by a resident of Minnesota. Additional eligibility requirements and application information can be found at DEED’s Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program page.

DEED hosted an informational webinar last Tuesday, September 14 to go over the application process and answer questions from small business owners. You can watch a recording of that webinar on DEED’s YouTube channel.

DEED will also be hosting another informational webinar today at 10:00 a.m. to answer more frequently asked questions regarding the application process.

If you have questions, you can email MSCRG.DEED@state.mn.us. We will also be keeping our Frequently Asked Questions updated as we get inquires. Additionally, you will be able to find translated program information on our website in HmongSomaliSpanish, and Vietnamese. You can also watch our How To Apply For The Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant video in HmongSomali and Spanish.

Applications will be reviewed and awards will be disbursed and administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit organizations. Grant funds received by individual businesses shall be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar expenses that occur or have occurred since March 12, 2020, in the regular course of business.

Applications will close on September 29 at 11:59 p.m. Afterward, grant applications will be selected for consideration through a computer-generated, randomized selection process.

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