President's Message

Your Amery Economic Development Corporation is completing another busy and successful year.  The AEDC Board of Directors and Paul Shafer, Executive Director, are appreciative of your financial support which allows us to execute on our mission, “Helping Business Do Business”.

The top priority in economic development today is workforce.  This includes talent attraction, retention and development.  Efforts of the AEDC included:

  • Continued support of with the goal of filling existing jobs in the Amery area, targeting individuals currently commuting to jobs in the Twin Cities Metro.
  • Promote Youth Apprenticeship programs to our manufacturers.
  • Work with Amery employers on the web based Inspire program.

Work to grow our community:

  • Worked with the city administrator to get support and movement on constructing a road to the new business park.
  • Over the course of the year, met with 8 parties interested in expanding or starting a business in Amery.  Some of these are on-going and some have dropped away.
  • Continue to work on adding hotel rooms to our community.
  • Continue discussions on adding housing options to our community.

Work with community leadership to market the city/make it more inviting:

  • Participated on the Pedestrian/Bike Steering Committee.
  • Provided leadership in getting WCCO to do a Goin’ to the Lake segment in Amery.  Provided a list of activities and venues to feature during their visit.
  • Reworked a sign on highway 8 to promote Amery and the activities in our community.
  • Provide leadership for the City of Amery and Community Club booth at the Spring Show.  Promote our business community to show visitors.

The work of the AEDC is only possible with your support.  If you are one of our 66 current members, thank you for your support and we hope you will renew your membership.  If you are not a member, we hope you will consider support of the AEDC and of efforts to build on great things happening in Amery!

Tom Bensen
Amery Economic Development Corporation