The mission of the Redwood County Economic Development Authority is to be the catalyst for economic growth, job creation, business retention and improving the quality of life in Redwood County.
Economic Development Coordinator
Phone: (507) 637-1122 Fax: (507) 637-4017
Redwood County Government Center – Administration
403 South Mill Street PO Box 130
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
EDA Board Members
Economic Development Authority Board Members
Jacob Jenniges – Walnut Grove
Edward Cohrs – Sanborn
Heather Koffler – Morgan
Sarah Kuglin – Redwood Falls
Dan Rohman – Belview
Jenifer Goblish – Vesta
Stacey Heiling – Redwood Falls
Jim Salfer – Wabasso
County Commissioner Chair
Bob Van Hee – Redwood Falls
Public meetings were held January 10, 2018 to bring community awareness to the shortage of child care within the County. Below are the resources provided at the meetings:
- RW County Community Solution Action Plan
- RW County Community Survey Results 2016
- RW County Child Care Discussion and Forum Presentation 1.2018
- RW County Gap Analysis 2017
- RW County Child Care Shortage Status 1.28.2019
- RW County Child Care Business Leadership Development Cohort Flyer 2019
- Greater Minnesota’s Child Care Center Wage and Rate Survey Results
- Center for Rural Policy and Development: Rural Reality-Child Care Shortage
- Center for Rural Policy and Development: A Quiet Crisis MN Child Care Shortage
- Child Care Aware: Opening a Child Care Center for Preschool
- Starting a Family Child Care Business Guide – DEED
- Department of Human Services: Kids Can’t Wait
- Center for Inclusive Child Care
- First Children’s Finance
- Child Care Aware
- Southwest Health and Human Services
- Southwest Initiative Foundation
Why is there a shortage of child care in Greater Minnesota? Listen to a podcast with Marnie Werner, Director of Research in the Center for Rural Policy and Development.
- Briana Mumme, Redwood County Economic Development Coordinator
- Melanie Guetter, Southwest Health Human Services Licensing Social Worker
- Kara Kuehn, Center for Inclusive Child Care Relationship-Based Professional Development Specialist
- Karen DeBoer, Child Care Aware Regional Coordinator
Revolving Loan Fund
Revolving Loan Fund
Redwood County EDA Revolving Loan Fund Purpose Statement
The Redwood County Economic Development Authority (“EDA”) Revolving Loan Fund (“RLF”) exists to allow the Redwood County Board of Commissioners and the Redwood County Economic Development Authority to invest in the growth and development of business in Redwood County. The Fund is intended to serve as gap financing, as outlined in this document, to invest in projects that meet the criteria outlined and the Redwood County Business Subsidy Policy, a copy of which is attached as an exhibit.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Goal #1: To assist entrepreneurs by providing the gap financing required to encourage capital investment, enhance tax base, create jobs, generate wealth among residents, and allow for the improvements of the quality of life in Redwood County.
To provide gap financing to qualified applicants on an as needed basis.
To leverage other financing to reduce the primary lenders’ security risk, enhance project viability and demonstrate a collaborative spirit.
To take prudent risks in the area of economic development financing.
Goal #2: To enhance the role of Redwood County in economic development activities within Redwood County in collaboration with other private and public entities
To provide expertise and assistance in the area of economic development finance.
To secure funding for the RLF from various public and private sources.
To operate the RLF as a perpetual fund and to manage and operate the fund for future viability.
REVOLVING LOAN FUND GUIDELINES
Preferred Eligible Borrowers:
- Businesses located in Redwood County
- All industries and types of businesses are eligible to apply, including manufacturing, retail and service industry businesses.
- Project / business to be assisted by the RLF program typically must be physically located within Redwood County. On a case by case basis, the Loan Review Committee may waive this requirement and provide loan funds to a business located outside the Redwood County Area if the Loan Review Committee determines doing so will have a positive economic impact on the community to be assisted with RLF funds. If the business relocates outside of the Redwood County Area, the Loan Review Committee may require immediate pay off of the loan.
- Acquisition and development of land, easements, and rights-of-way.
- Construction, conversion, enlargement, repairs or modernization of buildings (including façade repairs), plants, machinery, equipment, access streets and roads, parking areas, utilities, and pollution control and abatement facilities.
- Loans for startup operating cost and working capital.
- Technical assistance for private business enterprises.
- Machinery and Equipment fixed assets and Rolling (non-fixed) assets.
- The grantee has a goal of creating or retaining at least one full time job for each $10,000 loaned from the RLF.
- Loans must involve a local lender as a greater portion of the financing package unless otherwise specified by the EDA Board.
- The loan approval is subject to a primary lenders approval.
- All approved loans will be required to set up electronic debit of payment and interest.
RLF funds will not be used to produce agriculture products through growing, cultivation, and harvesting either directly or through horizontally integrated livestock operations except for commercial nurseries, timber operations, or limited agricultural production related to technical assistance projects.
- RLF funds will not be used to finance comprehensive area-wide type planning. This does not preclude the use of grant funds for planning for a given project.
- RLF funds will not be used to fund a part of a project which is dependent on other funding unless there is a firm commitment of the other funding to ensure completion of the project.
- RLF loan funds will not be used to pay off any previous debt. Refinancing construction financing is an exception to this rule.
- Loans will not be made unless there is a reasonable prospect that the applicant meets the definition of “small and emerging private business enterprises” defined as “any private business that will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million annually in projected gross revenues.” If the grantor changes its definition of small and emerging business as defined by the Rural Business Development Grant regulations, the grantee reserves the right to utilize the amended definition without further approval from the grantor.
- Applications by members of the Loan Review Committee and their immediate family members shall be ineligible for funding.
Minimum/Maximum Loan Amounts:
Loans made from the RLF typically will not be less than $5,000 and not greater than $75,000, or not exceed 50% of the available funds in the RLF account balance. The Loan Review Committee may recommend loans outside the above values on a case by case basis to the EDA Board.
The interest rate will be no more than two percent (2%) above the published Wall Street Journal “prime rate.” The Loan Review Committee will provide a recommended rate to the EDA Board rate based on the evaluation of the applicant’s ability to repay and the necessity of below market financing to advance the project. Interest earned on any RLF loan must stay in the fund for use in making additional RLF loans. All loans are made at a fixed interest rate and will be confirmed by the Board of Commissioners on the day of loan approval.
Costs associated with processing the application (e.g. credit report fees, UCC and lien search fees, filing security documents, filing legal documents fees, etc.) shall be the responsibility of the applicant, not to exceed $500 and due at the time of application submission. If the loan is denied, the application fee will be refunded. The Loan Review Committee may waive or amend this fee structure without further approval from the grantor. All loan fees will be addressed in the RLF Loan Agreement.
The Loan Review Committee will make a recommendation to the EDA Board concerning the term of the loan and payment frequency (monthly, quarterly, etc.) depending upon project need, the expected life of the security, and the applicant’s ability to repay. The term of the loan will not exceed the expected life of the asset being used as collateral.
Security / Collateral:
Security shall consist of the best lien available on real estate, equipment, inventory, etc. The discounted value of the security (using typical lender discount rates) shall equal or exceed the value of the loan. The Loan Review Committee may require personal guarantees and/or co-signors.
Redwood County will work with the potential loan recipient to obtain security that is adequate for the term of the loan. The nature of the collateral pledged shall be determined by the Loan Review Committee on a project-by-project basis. If the same collateral is used in joint financing, the RLF will seek a parity position with other lenders. Types of security may include:
- Mortgage Lien on Real Property
- Machinery and equipment which have a developed market;
- Letter(s) of credit from acceptable financial institution(s);
- Securities issued by the Federal government or its agencies;
- Accounts receivable and inventory for short-term loans; and
The loan recipient will be required to maintain fire insurance, and flood insurance if necessary, on secured assets. In some cases, credit life or key man insurance will be required with the RLF as loss payee.
The full Revolving Loan Fund Guidelines can be found here.
Schedule an appointment with Briana Mumme to obtain an application and discuss your project via email or at (507) 637-1122.
EDA Strategic Plan
We understand it may be difficult to navigate the various resources available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to consolidate resources, below are a series of links collected from the State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Southwest Regional Development Commission, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Small Business Administration and Greater Minnesota Partnership.
To view the full list of resources please visit the County COVID-19 Announcements and Resources page.
Information regarding available resources continue to evolve and we will strive to keep this information as current as possible. Your patience during this time is appreciated and wish to serve as resource to you during this unprecedented time.
Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions or are seeking additional information not listed above, by contacting Briana Mumme via email at email@example.com.
Business Development Grant
2020 Business Development Grant Program
The 2020 Business Development Grant Program is accepting applications now through 4 pm July 31, 2020. The purpose of the program is to assist businesses in Redwood County with opportunities for development and growth of their business. The program has a fund balance of $21,000 for the 2020 grant cycle, with a minimum of $500 and maximum of $3,000 awarded per applicant. Qualifying projects include, equipment purchases or upgrades; capital improvements; purchase, construction, renovation or expansion of buildings; development or promotion of new product lines; commercial blight; professional development or employee training (tuition only); or information technology upgrades. A minimum of a 1:1 contribution match from the business and/or other funds is required. This is a competitive program, where funds must be designated to a specific project with priority given to businesses which create/retain jobs or increase the revenues of the business.
Application deadline is 4 pm on July 31, 2020
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Briana Mumme, Economic Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 637-1122.
COVID-19 Emergency Business Loan
COVID-19 Emergency Business Loan Program
posted April 23, 2020
On March 16, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-04 ordering the temporary closure of Minnesota restaurants and bars to dine-in customers. Two days later, on March 18, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-08 which ordered the closure of places of public accommodation including but not limited to salons, barbershops, gyms and other businesses in which the recommended social distancing in public places could not be adequately maintained. These Orders and the safety precautions such as social distancing have significantly affected small businesses. The EDA, supported by the Redwood County Board of Commissioners, has determined it is in the best interest of businesses and the overall economy of Redwood County to create an Emergency Business Loan Program for affected by the pandemic.
The purpose of the program is to provide emergency financing for businesses in Redwood County who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic business restrictions. The program has a fund balance of $200,000, with a maximum loan of $5,000 awarded per applicant at 0% interest, deferred until January 1, 2021 and loan term not to exceed 24 months. Funds can be used for operating capital to assist with financial sustainability, inventory or equipment needed to resume or re-structure operations or other activities having sufficient merit. Applicants are asked to outline the use of the funds, if awarded and demonstrate need. Redwood County COVID-19 Emergency Business Loan Program will be available on a first come-first-serve basis as long as funds last, but not to exceed June 30, 2020.
Submit application and supporting documents to Briana Mumme, Redwood County EDA either via email at email@example.com or mail to:
Redwood County Government Center
Attention Briana Mumme
403 South Mill Street
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Questions, please contact Briana Mumme at (507) 637-1122 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MN River Business Professionals Group
Minnesota River Business Professionals Group
Redwood County and Renville County EDA, in partnership with Southwest Private Industry Council, Central Jobs and Training Services, Small Business Development Center and DEED CareerForce have teamed up to create Minnesota River Business Professionals Group. This group was developed to provide education, resources and networking opportunity for business professionals in Redwood and Renville Counties. Sessions will be held quarterly, with our first one being held on April 16, 2020 from 8:30 – 10:30 am at the Renville County Government Services Center in Olivia. The U.S. Department of Labor and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry will be presenting on the Wage and Theft Law, in addition to shared discussion surrounding recruitment practices. This is FREE and open to anyone, with a request to register with Briana Mumme, Redwood County Economic Developer at email@example.com or Jordan Zeller, Renville County Economic Developer at firstname.lastname@example.org.