Economic Development Authority

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 Properties
Available 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

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)
Councilmember Michelle Battcher (Treasurer)

Richard Thomes 
Tim Kloeckl
Larry Sorenson
Angelica Rose


EDA Director

Holly Kreft

EDA Consultant

Email Holly