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Tim Penny tells County Board of day care issues

Tim Penny tells County Board of day care issues

Tim Penny tells County Board of day care issue July 8, 2018 Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register   At last Tuesday's County Board meeting, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) President and...

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Three Sisters project revealed

Three Sisters project revealed

Three Sisters project revealed Over 100 hear of ambitious vision for the three sites May 6, 2018 Chuck Hunt - Register Editor (chunt@faribaultcountyregister.com"    Just over 100 residents of Blue Earth came to Hamilton Hall...

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Holl takes over as Wells administrator

Holl takes over as Wells administrator

Holl takes over as Wells administrator Former business owner has served on 3 different city councils May 13, 2018 Katie Mullaly - Register Staff Writer (kmullaly@faribaultcountyregister.com"   It has been a highly anticipated arrival for...

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County EDA says 'thanks, but no thanks'

County EDA says ‘thanks, but no thanks’ They turn down offer to take over FCDC’s $14,350 web domain February 25, 2018 Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register   The now disbanded Faribault County...

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She's all excited about the job

She's all excited about the job

She’s all excited about the job New CEDA rep ready to help Blue Earth, Faribault County February 4, 2018 Chuck Hunt - Register Editor , Faribault County Register   She may be new to the job, but...

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Blue Earth ready to get REVed up

Blue Earth ready to get REVed up

Blue Earth ready to get REVed up REV group will help out businesses July 1, 2018 Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register   With the help of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF),...

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County EDA opts to hire full-time director

County EDA opts to hire full-time director July 22, 2018 Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer (rbrewer@faribaultcountyregister.com"    The Faribault County Economic Development Authority passed a motion at the last EDA meeting in Blue...

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Ground Breaking

Looking to the future Construction begins on new North Industrial Park July 20, 2014 By Chuck Hunt - Register Editor chunt@faribaultcountyregister.com) , Faribault County Register Just shortly after an official...

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A Million Dollar Announcement

BE receives grant for industrial park.  by Chuck Hunt, Faribault County Register, September 30, 2013.  It was the news that city of Blue Earth officials have been holding their breath...

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It's Actually Happening - Albert Lea Tribune.com, by Kelli Lageson, May 15,…

WELLS — It’s finally coming together.That was the sentiment echoed by many who attended the groundbreaking for the new school building on Wednesday in Wells. Dirt is already being moved...

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County EDA says ‘thanks, but no thanks’

They turn down offer to take over FCDC’s $14,350 web domain

February 25, 2018
Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer Faribault County Register
The now disbanded Faribault County Development Corporation expressed interest in donating their website domain to the Faribault County EDA. As it turned out, the Economic Development Authority refused the offer.

At their recent meeting in Blue Earth on Feb. 20, the EDA passed a motion to not continue FCDC's website contract with Golden Shovel Agency.

Founded in 2009, Golden Shovel specializes in meeting the web technology needs of various economic development agencies. The FCDC originally signed a $17,350 contract with Golden Shovel to begin designs of a website.

A total of $8,750 was paid upfront by the FCDC to begin the project. Had the Faribault County EDA accepted the FCDC's donation, they would have been responsible for the remaining balance of $8,750.

An additional $3,000 for another year of web maintenance and hosting was also part of the agreement. When addressing the board, EDA chairman John Herman cited budget concerns as his reasoning for being leary of contractual agreement.

"I have a website that Bevcomm handles for me and I didn't pay anything near this," Herman said. "My maintenance fee is not even a fraction of what they're asking. I'm very hesitant to try and come up with the funds to continue this for a year because we don't have that kind of money budgeted to do anything this year anyway."

Meanwhile, new Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) director Mary Kennedy indicated she has contacted representatives of Golden Shovel, but she has yet to receive a response.

Overall improvement of daycare planning within the county was also a topic of conversation at the meeting. Herman believes Faribault County's daycare system has been in decline over the last five years, with the cost of operation being among the main obstacles.

"The prices that people in this rural area are willing to pay or afford to pay for daycare aren't enough to make a daycare profitable. The reality is people are maybe going to have to get used to paying a little bit more for daycare," Herman said.

Meanwhile, EDA board member and county commissioner Bill Groskreutz expressed the need for an increase in daycare center options. Groskreutz noted the lifestyles of Faribault County parents working outside the county as a contributing factor for daycare needs.

"Even if we are a bedroom community for people who commute to work, we still need that because most people are not going to haul their kids around to Mankato and go to a daycare there," Groskreutz explained.

The need for vocational schooling and job training in manual labor fields such as carpentry and welding was also discussed in the meeting. The board feels an expanded awareness of this particular job market will help retain younger residents in the area.

"It's really important that we work on doing some manufacturing tours," Kennedy added at the end of the meeting. "There are a lot of moving parts when organizing and facilitating between schools and the businesses, so coming up with a plan of attack to get everything addressed is very important."

The Faribault County EDA will hold their next meeting in Wells on April 17.