12/2/2020 10:48:00 AM Residents can offer views on a new trail
Windom residents have an opportunity to provide input regarding a trail or sidewalk connection to complete a loop in the Windom Rec Area, create a pedestrian connection from the Rec Area to the Community Center and Tegels Park, and continue a pedestrian connection along Cottonwood Lake Drive. This would be a livability project that helps to increase pedestrian safety in the area. Please go to the city's website to complete the survey and information regarding the project (https://windom-mn.com/transportationaltprog/). Windom has been fortunate to see significant economic growth over the past few years. As businesses grow and hire, demand for goods and services also grow. This supports all kinds of businesses in Windom and the area. An EDA strategy The Windom EDA is here to support existing businesses, attract new businesses and grow the city's tax base. Currently, a key component of this work is housing to support existing business and grow our tax base. A trail project is also an economic development strategy for the EDA. Livability is a key economic development strategy and a trail project will provide a new amenity for existing community members and help attract people to Windom. As people move to Windom demand increases. Increasing demand will allow for established businesses to expand and for new businesses to become established. Maintaining a growth cycle in Windom is a key component in our economic development strategies. TAP grant The Transportation Alternatives Program is a competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more. The potential grant can cover 80% of the total project costs, so a 20% match is required. Community members can provide direction regarding the potential scope of the project. Please complete the Windom TAP Survey and provide input to city staff and elected officials. If you have an idea for a new business or housing project, please contact me to explore various options. There are revolving loan funds available along with other programs to assist with commercial rehab projects and energy efficiency projects. Drew Hage is the executive director of the Windom Economic Development Authority. He has served in that role since March of 2016.