Economic & Community Development

Economic & Community Development

The City of Willmar works closely with the
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Economic Development Commission (EDC) 
to promote economic development activity by attracting new businesses, assisting with
expansion, retaining existing businesses, and promoting rehabilitation and/or redevelopment of areas within the community. The EDC plays a critical role in advising and making recommendations on all economic development matters in Willmar and Kandiyohi County. The EDC’s mission is to be a catalyst for economic growth, and we are “open for business!”

Located in the heart of West Central Minnesota, Willmar has connections to the busiest north/south and east/west railway. The City boasts not only an expansive shovel-ready industrial park, but also a thriving technology park on a historical campus. “Although Willmar has a diversified economic base, agricultural production and agri-business are the chief industries of the City and surrounding area. Willmar has also established itself as a regional center for medical/professional/financial services, education, government, transportation, and wholesale and retail trade” (City of Willmar Comprehensive Plan).

Willmar has the fastest growing diverse population outside of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area; you will find a multitude of diverse small businesses downtown and throughout the City. Willmar was designated an All-America City in 2005, and is a designated Main Street community.