Jan. 21, 2021 – Albert Lea, MN – JCW Development, LLC, a nation-wide real estate and property development company, announced Albert Lea, Minn., has been selected as the future home for Vortex Cold Storage, LLC. Vortex Cold Storage will provide 170,000 square feet of state-of-the art temperature controlled Safe Quality Food Certified (SQF) storage, with…

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Through a partnership with Freeborn County, the City of Albert Lea, and Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) a new grant program was established to assist local businesses who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. In June, the fund was established with a combined total of $450,000 from the three agencies and in July the…

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Albert Lea Economic Development Agency will be supportive and help get information to our local businesses about how to best be prepared and proactive in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will also keep this page up-to-date with resources for businesses including financial resources and news on programs and opportunities as they become available. Resources for…

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Restaurants and Dining Options Here is a list of Albert Lea area dining options during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a rapidly changing situation, so if you know of anything that should be added, please email: noellehagen@growalbertlea.com This list is updated as of 4/1/20 at 2:00 pm. We will be updating information as we receive…

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We are excited to announce that through a grant given by Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation a new incentive for childcare providers has been launched in Freeborn County. The Freeborn County Childcare Loan Program provides a forgivable loan towards actual expenses relating to cost of opening a childcare business in Freeborn County to newly licensed providers.…

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Community and Economic Development Strategic PlanDownload Implementation MapDownload Use the links above to access the strategic plan and implementation map. A community event will be held on Thursday, February 27th from 6-8 pm at Wedgewood Cove in Albert Lea to present the plan and map and answer any questions.

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