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.

ALEAP works with local entrepreneurs

July 11, 2017

Entrepreneurs and small business owners support our economy by offering 47.9 percent of jobs in Minnesota at over 500,000 businesses. Entrepreneurship may be a dream of many, but it’s not always an easy road. Many of our local companies started when someone had an idea and turned that idea into a successful business. Entrepreneurship has…

Make your entrepreneur dreams come true – space available in the ALBDC

June 8, 2017

ALEDA manages the Albert Lea Business Development Center (ALBDC), a business incubator, one of the few in Minnesota which offer the entrepreneur a quality space, free business services, and professional links. The ALBDC was created in 2002 to enhance the economic development focus and assist in developing local startup business and industry. The business development…

Industrial Parks in Albert Lea

May 23, 2017

Dedication to economic development has deep roots in our community. In the early 1950’s the first community owned industrial park in the United States was built in Albert Lea. This industrial park, located in South Albert Lea, was named Jobs Industrial Park and was built during a pilot economic development project of Jobs, Inc. (now…

ALEDA and Zumbro River Brand partner to build warehouse, create jobs

May 17, 2017

Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) is happy to announce a new project in partnership with Zumbro River Brand (ZRB) in Albert Lea, MN. The construction of a 74,000 square-foot food grade warehouse is soon to begin.  At the completion of the building, which will be built adjacent to the current Zumbro River Brand plant…

National Small Business Week

May 4, 2017

It’s National Small Business Week! Each year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the contributions of America’s small business owners and entrepreneurs. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of…

How is ALEDA funded?

April 3, 2017

Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) is an organization dedicated to the economic development and business climate improvement of our community. There is often confusion in regards to how our organization is funded and where the money for projects comes from.   ALEDA is a self-funded organization that relies on income from rent, loan, and investment…

Attracting, Growing, and Retaining Businesses

March 6, 2017

The Albert Lea Economic Development Agency, known as ALEDA, is an organization dedicated to the economic development and business climate improvement of our community. In 2016, we responded to over 50 projects with 28% of them moving forward in some form or fashion. Our organization responds to many projects throughout the year from companies inside…

Registration open for LEAP U: Marketing

February 8, 2017

ALEAP, in partnership with Riverland Community College, is offering a 3-night course for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The course will focus on three marketing topics; The Marketing Bridge, Digital Literacy, and Unique Selling Proposition. The course dates are March 20th, 22nd, and 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Riverland’s Albert Lea Campus.  The…

New Year, New ALEAP

January 17, 2017

The beginning of a new year often involves resolving to change different habits to have a happier, healthier, and more successful year. The ALEAP team would like to make a commitment to the ALEAP participants to have an exciting year filled with education opportunities and meaningful connections. They will begin that commitment by asking for…

ALBDC Welcomes New Tenant, Graduates Another

January 17, 2017

The Albert Lea Business Development Center (ALBDC), housed under the ALEDA umbrella, serves as a place for entrepreneurs and small business owners of Freeborn County to gain access to the resources they need; such as SCORE mentoring, financing, entrepreneur programming through the Albert Lea Entrepreneur Advancement Program (ALEAP), and incubator space.   Recently, Granicrete Minnesota, owned…