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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Join ALEAP on Thursday, January 16th from 6 to 8 pm at the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency conference room (132 N Broadway, Albert Lea). ALEAP meets monthly and offers aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners, and anyone passionate about business an opportunity to connect and learn with a supportive group of peers. ALEAP networking events are…

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