Front Row left to right: Larry Sorenson, Dick Thomes, Councilmemeber Michelle Battcher. Back Row left to right: Tim Kloeckl, Kurt Menk, Councilmember Tom Hatlestad, Dean Bergersen.

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) facilitates economic growth by supporting existing businesses, by fostering reinvestment in the community, and by supporting the creation of new businesses, jobs, and housing. The EDA provides technical and financial assistance to businesses seeking to expand or start-up in Arlington.

EDA Board

The City has established a seven-member EDA Board to promote and provide for industrial and economic development and redevelopment within the City. The Board meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (204 Shamrock Drive).

Meeting minutes and agenda are available 

EDA Offers Assistance To Businesses

Click here to find out the EDA’s  Financial Incentives.

Click here to find out about the Facade Loan Program.

Click here to find out about the Residential Rental Rehab Program.

Other Resources:

Arlington Industries, Inc.
Contact Larry Sorenson 507-964-5588

Arlington Industries provides gap financing which is designed to stimulate economic development activity by assisting the private sector to create jobs, retain jobs, or expand opportunities for the businesses and citizens of Arlington. When possible, these funds are intended to compliment conventional business financing techniques by leveraging funding from other Federal and State financing programs and private lending institutions.

Map of Available Commercial Properties
Available Commercial Properties

Former TSE Building: 108 5th Ave NW
Former Cemstone Site: 104 1st Ave N
EDA Owned Residential Property: County Rd 9 NW Quadrant
Double Commercial Lots TH Frontage: 104 & 108 West Shamrock Drive
EDA Owned Commercial Property TH 5 Frontage
EDA Industrial Park TH 5 Frontage

Available Residential Lots

Arlington EDA unplatted residential lots – not platted, and no water or sewer connections.
Arlington Meadows – sewer and water connections set up.
High Island Creek Addition –  sewer and water connections set up. 

Lot Acquisition Assistance Program

The Arlington EDA wishes to promote new home construction and has  established a lot acquisition assistance loan program. The program assists with the purchase of lots for the purpose of constructing affordable, entry level housing or “model” or “spec” (speculation) homes built to attract primarily first-time home purchasers and/or new residents to the community. The loan program is only available to persons intending to sell the new residential structure. The loan amount may be up to $30,000 and is repaid either upon sale of the property or a pre-arranged date.

Profile of Arlington for Prospective Businesses
Population                      2,249 Median Home Value             $130,400
Labor Force                    1,174 Avg Hhld Expenditures         $47,623
Small Businesses               101 Median Hhld Income            $48,139
Job Growth (2012-2013)  5.2% Top Tier Personal Income Tax   7.9%
Unemployment Rate        4.3% Top Tier Corp Income Tax         9.8%
Median Age              35.8 Years Top Tier Per. Cap. Gains Tax     7.9%
Nearest High School    In City Top Tier Corp. Cap. Gains Tax   9.8%
Nearest Hospital         In City State Sales Tax                        6.9%
BA/BS Degree or Higher            9.35% Commute Travel Time      26 mins
High School Diploma or Higher  79.97% Airports in County            0
White Collar Workers                54% Airports w/in 50 Miles      13
Blue Collar Workers                  45% Miles to Interstate           35 miles
Higher Ed. Facilities w/in City    None Miles to Rail                    In City
High Ed. Facilities w/in 50 Mi     12 Latitude                         44.60891
  Longitude                      -94.07599
Business Toolbox

Thinking you want to start-up or purchase a business? Here’s a one-stop shop to get you started!

Arlington Economic Development Authority

Appointed members include:

Dean Bergersen (President)
Councilmember Tom Hatlestad (V. President)
EDA Director Amy Newsom (Secretery)

Councilmember Michelle Battcher
Richard Thomes 
Tim Kloeckl
Larry Sorenson
Kurt Menk


EDA Director

Amy Newsom

Phone: (507) 479-3219

EDA Consultant

Email Amy