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Rushford moving forward with business incubator plans


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

While the Business Incubator Plan is still in draft stages, the city and Economic Development Authority (EDA) are moving forward in seeking grant funding to get the ball rolling. At the Monday, April 28 council meeting, EDA chairman Tom Driscoll took the council through the plans and what’s needed from the city. If the grant is approved, the EDA is also seeking to dedicate matching funds from the EDA.

The plan will be available for entrepreneurs, both in the community and outside, as well as existing businesses. “It’s a tool that we can use,” noted Driscoll. “Instead of waiting for businesses to drop out of the sky, we can get them homegrown from the talent pool in southeast Minnesota. It’s a culture we tend to create.”

Approved businesses would be taken through training and get financing, including EDA gap financing if needed. Should they graduate to a facility or need a larger facility, EDA would receive a percentage, enable self-funding of the incubator plan down the road. “We’ve been hatching this plan since the Business Retention and Expansion was done,” added Driscoll. “It’s an aggressive way to develop business, help startups, and bolster the tax base. The pieces of the puzzle fit in together.”

The once a year grant opportunity is behind the push for council approval. The approval is strictly for submission and the EDA will not be committed to taking the grant. “If we don’t get started, we never will,” added Driscoll. “We’ve laid little foundation blocks to continually make progress and move forward.”

Through this plan, the risk to the EDA is less as they lead businesses through a set regimen, allowing the EDA to set the business parameters instead of the businesses themselves. Additionally, this plan would increase the city’s reputation as a business incubator, creating a draw to the city.

“This opens up the potential to reach out,” added City Administrator Steve Sarvi. “A very little success will go a long way.” Several universities are interested in the plan as a way to study the business culture and provide training. “They have students that have ideas and it provides a place to go. It they can create here, why not stay and build here.”

The plan will eventually become a self-sustaining project. Additional funding and revenue streams may include grants, low-interest loans, state and federal dollars, SMIF funding, rents .....
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Rushford jumps more hoops

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a lengthy process, several years in the making, to formally certify the levee system, the city has once again found itself at the mercy of FEMA requirements. While the process to recertify the levee is underway, FEMA elevation mapping on th ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market set to begin May 7

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

During the Rushford City Council meeting on March 24, the council was given an update by Chief of Police Adam Eide. Chief Eide told the council that the Chevy Caprice squad car will be used as a demonstration model. The advantage of being a demonstr ..... 
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Rushford ends union battle

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

More than one year after the city council first made the decision to set the date for termination of Public Works employee Curt Courrier, the ongoing saga is over and Courrier is back to work for the city. In and prior to December 2012, Rushford ..... 
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Frost freezes out Rushford residents

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a frequent topic of conversation across the tri-state region in recent weeks; record-setting frost levels freezing lines and residents’ access to water. Measured at nearly six feet in some areas, the frost being driven down by the endl ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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End of a long road; Rushford approves legal settlement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Ending a nearly 6-year saga that began in 2009, the city of Rushford has approved a settlement with F&L Management & Development, Inc. (Tom Serie) and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC. The matter has been in arbitration since November 2011, following t ..... 
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Rushford/F&L arbitration details still under wraps

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A closed meeting was held January 13, just prior to the regular city council to meet with City Attorney Terry Chiglo and attorney Robert Aslop of Kennedy & Graven. Aslop represents F&L Management & Development and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC (Tom ..... 
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No 2014 levy increase for Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

One of several hot topics of the evening, the council again addressed the 2014 budget and levy at length at the Monday, December 23 meeting. The budget sub-committee and city staff had worked together and recommended a 2.02 percent increase earlier ..... 
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