Economic Development Authority

Members of the Economic Development Authority standing in the Northfield Council Chambers

Meetings

Fourth Thursday of each month
7:30 a.m.
Special meetings are occasionally called.

Upcoming EDA Meeting

09-23-2021 EDA Agenda Packet

Public Monitoring

Members of the public may monitor the meeting by watching the live stream.

Live stream

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eComment

The City of Northfield has an electronic comment (eComment) feature for EDA meetings. eComment provides an easy way for residents to add their voices to the process and makes participation in public meetings convenient when it may be difficult to the attend the meeting in person.

Once the agenda is published, the eComment link will be active. Residents can review agenda items details, indicate their position on an item and leave feedback by clicking on the eComment tab on the EDA meeting page:

City of Northfield - EDA

Comments may be submitted until 5:30 a.m. on the day of the meeting.

Agendas and Minutes

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Members

NameTitleTerm expiration
Britt Ackerman
Member
December 31, 2021
Enoch Blazis
Vice President
December 31, 2025
Andrew EhrmannMemberDecember 31, 2022
Rachel Leatham
President
December 31, 2023
Mike StrobelTreasurerDecember 31, 2024
Jessica Peterson WhiteMember - CouncilDecember 31, 2022
Rhonda PownellMember - Council December 31, 2024
Celine Falcon-GeistYouth Representative (non-voting)2021-2022 school year
Xochitl ValdezYouth Representative (non-voting)2021-2022 school year


Liaisons

For general information about the board, please contact a staff liaison.  Also, if you have questions or comments for the board, contact a staff liaison and they will assist.

NameTitlePhone number
Mitzi BakerCommunity Development Director507-645-3005
Nate CarlsonEconomic Development Coordinator507-645-3069
Kari BondeAdministrative Associate507-645-3036

Overview

The City of Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA), created in 1991, seeks to improve the economic condition of Northfield. Focusing on appropriate commercial and industrial development, the EDA works to establish a higher tax base and additional job opportunities for the citizens of Northfield. The EDA provides resources and tools, including loans and grants, to support this kind of development. Resolution #2011-131 The Economic Development Authority proposed amendments to their enabling resolution at a public hearing held December 13, 2011, before the City Council. At the City Council meeting held December 13, 2011, they approved Resolution #2011-131, amending the enabling resolution for the Economic Development Authority.

Membership requirements

The commission consists of seven members appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Each member serves a six-year term. Members are restricted to three terms. Members do not receive monetary compensation.

The mayor recommends applicants to the City Council based on their interest in economic development and commercial and industrial (re)development, along with willingness to serve and background.

Applying

  1. Apply for a board, commission, or task force

    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

  1. 2020 accomplishments
  2. 2019 accomplishments

Accomplishments

Micro Grants

  • Armory Square Event Centre received $5,000 for business interior remodel
  • Prema Yoga received $5,000 for business expansion
  • Cannon Strength received $5,000 for business expansion

Approved loans

  • Reunion Restaurant received $100,000 loan to assist with the remodeling expenses
  • All Flex received $50,000 MIF funds for expansion

Response to COVID-19

Established two programs to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown:

  • E-Commerce Grant Program granted $12,593 to 10 businesses for technology investment
  • EDA Loan Deferral Program deferred $19,396 in EDA Loan payments to seven borrowers

Major projects

  • Assisted with the coordination and recruitment of a developer for the 5th Street Lofts
    • Supported creation of a redevelopment tax increment financing district (TIF District)
    • Provided property to the project (510 Washington Street)
    • Provided a sizable revolving loan
  • Contracted with Strong & Starlike Consulting to examine business conditions for minority and immigrant business owners and entrepreneurs, which established a Socio-Economic Committee to examine the conditions in Northfield for women, minority and veteran business owners
  • Started the Façade Improvement Program to revitalize Downtown and incentive building owners to improve their buildings; one grant at 302 Division for $10,000 leveraged $33,650 in total investment