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DEED honors Cass County EDC

The Cass County Economic Development Corporation has been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in its 2008 Annual Report for the Cass County EDC's work on the Chase on the Lake redevelopment project.

Each year, nine premiere economic development projects across the state are highlighted. The Chase project represents the work of the North Central Minnesota SBDC at Central Lakes College.

Creating a vibrant local economy is the purpose of the EDC organization. The Chase Hotel redevelopment is an example of the impact a single project can have on a small community. DEED recognized the Chase redevelopment, its impact in the city of Walker and the EDC's role in bringing it to completion.

The Cass County EDC worked with hotel developer Steven C. Olson and the city of Walker on coordination of the project. As executive director of the Cass County EDC, Gail Leverson saw the importance of bringing another anchor to downtown Walker.

"Leverson kept the project moving forward whenever there was a glitch over the three year development phase," states the report, which can be found at

"Partnerships with county and regional economic development organizations like the Cass County Economic Development Corporation are key to the success of the Small Business Development Centers," said Greg Bergman, regional director of the SBDC at Central Lakes College. "Having someone experienced and knowledgeable within the county adds a lot of value to the services we provide on a regional basis."

The EDC is a satellite center of the North Central Minnesota SBDC in Brainerd. Through this partnership, the EDC offers counseling to relocating, expanding or new businesses in Cass County. The EDC is a local nonprofit corporation created to assist with job creation and capital investment throughout Cass County.

For details, call 218-947-7522.