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America continues to hold onto a Norman Rockwell image of small towns. Picture Mayberry: a quiet but attractive main street, friendly and prosperous citizens, Andy and Opie heading off hand-in-hand to the fishin’ hole. In the media, everyone from rock stars to politicians extol the virtues of small town life.
But, as with many idealistic visions, there’s a different reality beneath. The truth is that most small towns are struggling to stay alive, faced with a deteriorating farm economy and competition with big-city malls.
Interestingly, the problem is not about money. There is a surprising amount of money available to small towns and businesses in the forms of grants and loans. The problem is that it’s often impossible for the average citizen to navigate their way through the suffocating paperwork required to access that money.
Enter Southeastern Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC). Now completing its 15th year of service, SEMDC, a private, non-profit, member-supported agency, works in a variety of ways to assist businesses and communities in Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Steele and Winona counties.
With offices located in Rushford, SEMDC acts as a conduit, working to channel local, state and federal dollars to the businesses and communities for revitalization. The money is generally in the form of a loan. In addition to arranging financing, SEMDC offers counseling, technical support, and grant writing services.“SEMDC’s job is connecting the communities and residents to resources to help them solve their own problems," says Linda Grover, Community Development Specialist with SEMDC.
During its history, SEMDC has grown to a staff of eight full-time professionals, who this past year brought 1.8 million dollars in grants and loans to area municipalities, and another 2.5 million dollars in loans to businesses. SEMDC provides service by placing development specialists in the member communities so that support and expertise is readily available.
Business Development Coordinator, Mark Thein, has worked recently with the city of Harmony on a re-development project. Thein found Harmony to be a "great community to work in" because of the "progressive" attitude.
Thein was also instrumental in putting together the funding and financial package that allowed the LaCrosse-McCormick company to pu .....
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