The August EDA Board meeting began with discussion of annual contributions to the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.
The EDA coordinator gave his monthly report. Topics included information on the "On the Job Training Program" that is currently being developed with some of the local businesses and the two high schools in Sleepy Eye, Veteran's Park concrete work and matching fund status, and membership and submission of EDA information for Southern Minnesota SourceLink.
The Veteran's Park Project was discussed. Presently, the wait for the concrete work to be completed by S & J Construction is what needs to be finished in order to continue to move forward with the project. Grass and a couple of large maple trees will then be planted to complete phase one. The efforts will then begin on phase two of the park, which will include a memorial wall, designated monument for the Sleepy Eye KIA, flags and flag poles, the possibility of requesting excess government property from NNAM, and a structure to recognize the donors and donor levels that were involved in the completion of the park.
The EDA Board will award a $500 Scholarship to Jessica Busch upon receiving the revised version of the video she has developed and submitted which will be used to promote the City of Sleepy Eye.
It was announced that the Mark Thomas Company will be participating in the Southern Minnesota Tour of Manufacturing Day in October this year.
The EDA Board will hold a special meeting the first week of September to review a loan application request from the EDA Revolving Loan Fund.
The next EDA Board meeting will be held on Sept. 25.