Vortex Cold Storage Moves Forward in Albert Lea

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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COVID-19 Relief Grants Given to over 100 Freeborn County Businesses

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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Forgivable Loan Program for New Childcare Providers

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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Shop Albert Lea Passport Tour

Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday in Albert Lea and around the nation. Small Business Saturday was created to encourage people to Shop Small during the biggest shopping season of the year. It occurs annually, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In Albert Lea, Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) and Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of…

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Strategic Plan Interim Report and Feedback

Use the link below to access the interim report and summary for the Economic Development Strategic Plan. A community event will be held on Tuesday, November 12th from 6-8 pm at Wedgewood Cove. Please join us in a discussion about the interim report findings and the target industry recommendations from Ady Advantage. Please consider completing…

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ALEDA and Chamber to Share New Office Location Downtown

The offices of Albert Lea Economic Development Agency and the Albert Lea – Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce will now be located together in the heart of Albert Lea. The new location for both organizations will be 132 North Broadway in downtown. Over a year of planning and consideration between the organizations has led to…

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