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July 16, 2013

North Mankato holding economic development talks

Private meetings will focus on city's role in subsidizing private businesses

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She said she’s been concerned over the city’s lack of economic development policies and guidelines.

“As I watched over the last year and a half … it’s become apparent that we should have more structure than we do,” Church said.

Schertler, the consultant, said all Minnesota cities’ economic development policies are regulated to some extent by state law, but cities add their own standards.

“Some communities won’t do a thou shalt and thou shalt not,” he said, instead having guidelines that let them be more flexible.

Schertler sent each of the participants a seven-question survey about where they stand on economic development. Participants were asked about the city’s strengths and challenges; about what short-, medium- and long-term goals the city has; and about what their priorities and the city’s role ought to be in economic development.

After the meetings this week, the consultants will write a policy that will be discussed and, presumably, approved by the council.

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