Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

DEED calls for applications for Redevelopment Grant and Demolition Loan programs

The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has put out a call for applications for the next round of Redevelopment Grant and Demolition Loan programs. The Redevelopment Grant Program helps communities with the costs of redeveloping blighted industrial, residential or commercial sites where costly site preparation stands in the way of a redevelopment project. The Demolition Loan Program assists communities with demolition and other redevelopment activity on sites where there is no current development plan or where future development visions are hindered by existing blight.

Approximately $2 million is available for these programs. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. Click here for DEED’s official call for applications.

DEED will be hosting three workshops throughout the state in late June to provide potential applicants with more information about the program and answer any questions. Details about these workshops will be available on the DEED website soon.

Mark your calendar!

Mark your calendar for the GMNP Annual Meeting. It will be held Thursday, July 25 at 11 a.m. in the conference room in the Country Inn & Suites in Bemidji. As in past years, the meeting will be held in conjunction with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities’ Summer Conference, which will be held July 24-26 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji (the Country Inn & Suites is located right next door).

All GMNP members are invited to attend the conference, which will feature a lot of economic development-focused presentations and discussions on topics such as workforce & affordable housing and an innovative school/city/business/higher ed job training partnership that has been established in Bemidji. You can see the full conference agenda and additional information here. If you want to attend the conference, please register online at

We hope you will join us for the membership meeting and the full conference!