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 U – Upcoming Training Course

December 16, 2016

Creating a business plan is the first step toward success in your business venture. Gain the knowledge and tools you need with ALEAP U and Riverland’s five night course, “Planning for Success: Writing Your Business Plan.” Instructor Bryan Stading will focus on Success Planning, Market Planning, Operations Planning, Cash Flow Planning, and Presentation Skills. Bryan…

ALEAP Hosts Topic Night at Edgewater Pavilion

December 12, 2016

Topic Night is a time to come together with other entrepreneurs and share ideas. ALEAP participants had the chance to vote for the topic of the night prior to the event and Guerilla Marketing was chosen. The special guest facilitator is a marketing professional from a Fortune 500 company who will be leading the discussion…

ALEAP Partners with Local Financial Experts for Financial Panel Event

November 14, 2016

This quarter’s ALEAP panel event features local financial experts willing to share their expertise on banking, accounting and retirement planning with our local entrepreneurs and small business owners.  The panelist will be Daniel Otten of Farmers State Bank, Heather Benda of Hill, Larson, Walth, and Benda, P.A. and Alex Johnston of Edward Jones.  The event…

City Leaders Discuss Economic Development Strategy

August 12, 2016

Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Councilor Al Brooks, City Manager Chad Adams and Assistant City Manager Gabrielatos participated in a three-hour strategy session with the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency Board on Wednesday. The wide-ranging discussion focused on how to increase the community’s tax base, asset-mapping and what industries to target based on those assets. “It was…

ALEDA is Your Small Business Resource

August 4, 2016

Building Freeborn County’s small business community is ALEDA’s commitment to you.  Our programs are comprehensive and are designed to build and support our local businesses from start-up entrepreneur to seasoned business.  A few programs we would like to note are: ALBERT LEA ENTREPRENEUR ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM (ALEAP) The Albert Lea Entrepreneur Advancement Program (ALEAP) was created…

The History of Greater Jobs, Inc.

July 10, 2016

Greater Jobs, Inc. is a private non-profit development corporation created in 1944 as Jobs, Inc. It was funded by local businessmen to solve the post WWII employment program. In the early 1950’s they created the first community industrial park in the United States.   In 1975, a new corporation was formed called the Albert Lea Industrial…

What Does ALEDA Do?

July 10, 2016

ALEDA serves as the mechanism where the county, city and the private sector work together for economic development in Albert Lea and Freeborn County. We are made up of the Albert Lea Port Authority and Greater Jobs, Inc. We are also home to the Albert Lea Business Development Center (ALBDC). We work with large businesses…