On Wednesday, July 12th, the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) held their monthly board meeting. Among the items discussed, was the recent announcement by Mayo Clinic Health Systems Albert Lea and Austin to consolidate services between the two campuses.
The board was given updates in regards to community meetings, the possible solutions that are being researched, and community action groups that have formed. The ALEDA board discussed the negative effects this decision will have on the community.
Understanding that this is a tough situation for everyone in the community, the ALEDA board passed a resolution to support the community’s efforts to retain impatient hospital services locally and to assist these initiatives where possible.
“We realize that this announcement has been devastating to our community members, and we are determined to continue working towards a solution to keep services local,” said Executive Director, Ryan Nolander.
Other items discussed at the meeting included; an update on the Zumbro River Brand building project, an update on the Freeborn Bank Building re-development, an update on several potential projects looking at Albert Lea and a presentation from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Other reports included Ex-Officio Updates from Freeborn County Commissioner; Mike Lee, and City of Albert Lea City Manager; Chad Adams.
As our community faces these current challenges, ALEDA will continue to fulfill their mission statement, “To provide and promote services and resources to retain, expand, create and attract businesses, increase tax base and quality employment opportunities in Freeborn County.”