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Jan 19 15

NOW HIRING: Assistant Finance Director

by Melissa

Assistant Finance Director
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Challenging position in well-established, quality organization. Enjoy a professional, dynamic and creative culture, flexible work environment,  exceptional benefits (Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, Flex Spending, employer funded HSA, Vacation, Sick, Paid Holidays, PERA and other retirement options) and career growth

The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) is looking for an experienced finance professional. This is a challenging position in well-established, quality organization. This position involves a strong working knowledge of accounting principles and procedures, A-133 audit preparation, compliance with state and federal grant conditions, financial reports and budgets, internal control procedures, payroll and accounts payable functions. Career growth opportunities exist.

The ideal candidate will display excellent communication, leadership and supervisory skills for this position. Candidates should demonstrate strong work ethic, excellent attention to detail, be well organized, have the ability to work independently on diverse projects and be a team player.  Passion for customer service and for cultivating community relationships a must.

Application and full position description available at EOE.

The position is available starting immediately. Applications are reviewed every two weeks and the position will remain open until filled.


Job offers are not final until receiving the UMVRDC Board of Commissioners approval and upon successful competition of a background and credit check.

To Apply

  • Please complete the application electronically, print a copy, then sign and date it. Application is available here. 
  • Send application, copies of college transcripts, and cover letter highlighting three things you can bring to the UMVRDC Finance Team to:

Executive Director 323 West Schlieman Avenue Appleton, MN 56208 320-289-1981 ext. 101

Jan 15 15

MnDOT’s Statewide Bicycle System Plan

by Melissa

MnDOT is developing a Statewide Bicycle System Plan to identify a statewide system of bicycle routes, improve existing facilities and refine its bicycle planning process.

After a great turnout for our first round of public outreach meetings last spring (Results can be found here:, our second round of meetings are scheduled for you to learn about the plan’s progress and to give you another opportunity to provide additional feedback to help guide our next steps:

  • Monday, Feb. 9 – Fergus Falls – West Central Initiative Conference Room, 1000 Western Avenue, Transit available through Transit Alternatives 866-998-3002
  • Thursday, Feb. 19 – Granite Falls – Kilowatt Community Center, 600 Kilowatt Drive, Transit available through Heartland Express 320-564-3800




Jan 15 15

Aquatic Invaders Summit

by Melissa

Aquatic Invaders Summit
This two day-event, Jan. 20-21, at the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, Minn.,  will bring in national leaders to provide on-the-ground applied science and actions that can be used to lower the risk of aquatic invasive species spread. View the 5 Eyewitness News story (December 2014).

Minnesota local units of government and their partners: lake associations, service providers, sporting groups, angling organizations, business community and more.
Download the program and registration materials. Attendees will learn about ways to take the fight against aquatic invasive species (AIS) to the next level by …
•Developing an understanding of current practices/laws; understanding what species have invaded Minnesota the implications; and learning what’s on the horizon for aquatic invasive species prevention and management.

  • Learning about new technology and innovative approaches for AIS prevention in Minnesota and across the country.
  • Gaining insights into successful communication and educational tools for AIS prevention.
  • Participating in a grassroots effort to develop a first-of-its-kind coordinated AIS Prevention Framework for local collaboration and implementation.

This two day-event will bring in national leaders to provide on-the-ground applied science and actions that can be used to lower the risk of aquatic invasive species spread.

The summit provides a space for AIS managers, county leaders, local governments, lake association members, angling groups and others who work at the local level to network and develop a shared view of expectations, data recording and strategies while providing the latest science, research and goals in AIS prevention and control.

On Day 2 of the summit, participants will work through a Local AIS Framework (LAF) and leave with a good working document on how to best apply their resources to protect their lakes from invading species.

For more Information contact: Paula West at (218) 838-5010 or

Jan 15 15

Funding and Financing Available for Farm and Small Business Energy Projects

by Melissa

Rural Energy for America (REAP) funding through USDA is now available for efficiency and renewables for Minnesota farmers and rural businesses.  There is twice as much funding available this year and the application is shorter and can work to fund smaller projects.  This is an exciting opportunity to move forward with renewable projects and I suggest you take a moment to think about upcoming projects you  might be interested in.  The USDA site for REAP can be found here:

There are a few workshops coming up both in Minnesota and South Dakota which will review changes to REAP as well as offer some assistance with preparing applications.  If you are interested, the link to the dates and location of the trainings is here.

The CERTs conference will also feature an in-depth work session on REAP as well as offer farm energy sessions throughout two days.  The conference is March 10th and 11th in St. Cloud.  For more information about the conference the link is:

For more information contact Erin Smith, UMVRDC Community Development Planner & CERTs West Central Coordinator
320.289.1981 x 110


Jan 14 15

January Board Packet

by Melissa

The January Board Packet is now available.