This page will feature news, information and updates about economic development and livability here in Freeborn County. We will also feature links and resources to help local business grow and expand our local economy.

Summer Intern Opportunity 2022

April 11, 2022

The Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA or Agency) is the local economic development organization representing Albert Lea and Freeborn County.  ALEDA consists of the Albert Lea Port Authority, a governmental non-profit; and Greater Jobs, Inc., a private non-profit economic development corporation. ALEDA is currently accepting applications for a summer intern, made possible by a…

Vortex Cold Storage Moves Forward in Albert Lea

January 21, 2021

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…

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

August 13, 2020

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…

COVID-19 Resources

March 18, 2020

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…

Albert Lea Area Restaurant & Dining Options During COVID-19

March 18, 2020

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: This list is updated as of 4/1/20 at 2:00 pm. We will be updating information as we receive…

Forgivable Loan Program for New Childcare Providers

February 20, 2020

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.…

Economic Development Strategic Plan and Implementation Map

February 11, 2020

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.

ALEAP Topic Night on January 16th – downtown Albert Lea

January 6, 2020

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…

Shop Albert Lea Passport Tour

November 30, 2019

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…

Strategic Plan Interim Report and Feedback

November 7, 2019

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…