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01/10/2017

THE FAIRMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY MET MONDAY PRIOR TO THE FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL MEETING FOR THEIR FIRST GET-TOGETHER OF THE NEW YEAR. THE BOARD APPROVED A PRESENTATION BY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR LINSEY PRUESS FOR THE AUTHORITIES STAND ALONE WEBSITE. APPROVAL WAS GIVEN TO THE PROPOSAL FROM GOLDEN SHOVEL.

THE F E D A WEBSITE DOES NOT YET HAVE A DOMAIN NAME, IT IS HOPED THAT THE SITE WILL BE UP SOMETIME THIS SPRING. TOTAL COST TO F E D A WOULD BE 29,000 DOLLARS OVER 5 YEARS AND WILL INCLUDE HOSTING/MAINTENANCE FEE, COPYRIGHTING, AND THE BOARD RECEIVES A FREE WEBSITE IN YEAR FOUR. GOLDEN SHOVEL WILL ENSURE THAT THE SITE REMAINS UPDATED AND CURRENT. THERE WILL BE A LINK ON THE CITY OF FAIRMONT WEBSITE TO CONNECT THE STAND ALONE ONE WHEN IT IS READY.

LINSEY PREUSS ALSO UPDATED AUTHORITY MEMBERS ON THE 2016 ANNUAL REPORT WITH INCLUDED INFORMATION THAT DURING THE YEAR F E D A ASSISTED NUMEROUS BUSINESSES BY PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS, DIRECT SUPPORT AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. AS A RESULT 69 FULL TIME JOBS WILL BE CREATED WITHIN THE NEXT 5 YEARS AND APPROXIMATELY 4,000,000 DOLLARS IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT WAS ENCOURAGED THROUGH AUTHORITY WORK.

ZIERKE BUILT MANUFACTURING, FAIRMONT REALTY GROUPS COLLEGE STUDENT HOUSING DEVELOPMENT, AND THE FAIRMONT BUTCHER BLOCK MEAT PROCESSOR ARE ALL PROJECTS INITIATED IN 2016 AND ARE EXPECTED TO COME TO FRUITION THIS YEAR. COMPLETED PROJECTS F E D A HAD A HAND IN INCLUDE INGLESIDE EXPANSION, GRAFFITI CORNER, AN COMMODITY SERVICES NEW BUILDINGS. FAIRMONT AREA LIFE, FORMERLY "THE BRAIN GAIN" WAS ALSO NOTED FOR ITS AIDING IN THE RECRUITMENT OF 4 NEW FAMILIES TO MARTIN COUNTY.

THE BOARD AWARDED BOB BARTINGALE WITH A CERTIFICATE FOR HIS WORK WITH F E D A THE LAST FEW YEARS. HE IS RETIRING AND IS LEAVING THE BOARD OFFICIALLY AT THE END OF THE MONTH. CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TOM HAWKINS AND BRUCE PETERS WERE AT THE MEETING AND WILL BECOME NEW F E D A MEMBERS SOON REPLACING OUTGOING COUNCIL MEMBER WES CLERC AND CHAD ASKELAND. WENDY VOSS, 3M FAIRMONT HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER WAS APPOINTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL TO THE F E D A BOARD AT LAST NIGHT'S MEETING.


ROD HALVORSEN
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