Economic Development Authority

In 1997, the Waseca City Council created the Economic Development Authority (EDA) to implement and oversee the City's economic development functions.  Their role is to make recommendations on economic development programs, policies, and procedures; and serve as an advocate for maintaining and expanding the economic health and vitality of the community and surrounding region.

Examples of development initiatives that the EDA participates in include the following:

  • Purchasing, managing, and selling property for economic development
  • Authorizing and managing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts
  • Securing development grants 
  • Creating and managing revolving loan funds (Intermediary Relending Program & Rural Business Enterprise Grant)
  • Advising on tax abatement applications, TIF districts, and economic development policies and procedures
  • Supporting community marketing activities
  • Retaining current businesses and promoting new business growth

The City of Waseca and the EDA have a long history of collaboration
with other public and private entities such as Waseca County, 
the MN Dept. of Employment & Economic Development,
the Southern MN Initiative Foundation,
and the USDA - Rural Development

The EDA is composed of seven (7) members: five (5) at-large and two (2) Council members.  Members serve a 6-year term and meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 12:00pm.

For further information about the Waseca EDA, please contact Gary Sandholm.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Gary Sandholm Economic Development Coordinator (507) 833-9281
Lee Mattson City Manager (507) 835-9747

Board Members

Name Title
Ann Fitch Member
Blain Nelson Member
Lucak Kruse Member
John Mansfield City Council Representative
Roy Srp Mayor
Mackenzie Hoy Member
Greg Kaelberer Member