Business Retention and Expansion/Recruitment (BRE) Committee

Mission: Business retention, expansion and recruitment

Philosophy:  We will cooperate extensively with Grow Minnesota!, private economic development associations, the Willmar Area Multicultural Business Center and any other organizations that share our goals. Within reason, we will provide for existing industries to expand the same incentives provided to recruited industries.

The BRE/R Committee meets monthly at 9:00 a.m. on the first Friday of the month at the EDC Office.


  1. Business Attraction—Individual cities as they identify opportunities and needs
  2. Business Expansion–Build Capacity—Facilitate success of new Willmar Industrial Park
  3. Airport—Increased direct utilization–FBO, marketing plan
  4. MinnWest Technology Campus—Attraction of new businesses to facility, marketing and sales

In 2017, the EDC received a grant from Southwest Initiative Foundation to design and implement a BRE program for diverse businesses in the Willmar area. Read the results of the survey here 2017 Final Report for Diverse BRE Program in Willmar.

In partnership with the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, the EDC surveyed 60 service businesses and 22 manufacturing businesses in Kandiyohi County. Click here to read the findings and projects identified. Click here to read the Workshop and SWOT Analysis Priorities and Projects.

Sam Bowen, Chairperson
Les Nelson, Vice Chairperson 

Staff Liaison:

Aaron Backman, Executive Director

BRE/R Committee Minutes