Welcome to the Mountain Lake Economic Development Authority (EDA)

The Mountain Lake Economic Development Authority (EDA) is ready and able to assist any business either wanting to expand, relocate or start-up in Mountain Lake. We have the financial resources, land, infrastructure, quality work force and the development friendly environment that will help your business be successful. We invite you to consider the business and job opportunities available in Mt. Lake - Just give us a try! Call 507-427-2999 ext. 4 for more information and to discuss your business venture.

Top Ten Reasons to Start a Business, Live & Work in Mountain Lake:

  1. Local Economic Development Revolving Loan Funds

    The Mountain Lake EDA administers a $1.3 million dollar revolving loan portfolio to stimulate private sector investment in new or expanding Mountain Lake businesses. Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) can be used to finance the acquisition of fixed assets or to provide working capital for start-ups, relocations or expansions. Loan terms and conditions are established by the EDA. Security and collateral are negotiable. Interested loan applicants are encouraged to meet with the Economic Development Director to discuss eligibility and complete loan application materials.

  2. Available Industrial Land and Job Opportunity Building Zone (JOBZ)

    Ample industrial land complete with water, sewer, highway, rail, and telecommunications infrastructure is available for any size manufacturing business. Mountain Lake has been approved by the State of Minnesota to participate in JOBZ. This means that most manufacturing business locating or starting-up in our community will qualify for virtual tax free development and operation for many years to come! You can have land, building and a quality work force right here in Mountain Lake....come talk to us about your project!

    For more information on JOBZ, click the following link:


    Contact the EDA for other sites to build or expand your business.

  3. Other Economic Development Resources

    Tax increment financing, tax abatement, Cottonwood County Seed Capital Funds as well as a wide range of regional, state and federal financing programs are available to businesses planning to build or expand in Mountain Lake.

    • State Financing Opportunities: www.deed.state.mn.us

      Minnesota Investment Fund-
      This program provides grants to qualified businesses that create and retain high-quality jobs on a statewide basis, with a focus on industrial, manufacturing, and technology-related industries, to increase the local and state tax base and improve the economic vitality for all Minnesota citizens.

      Small Cities Development Program-
      The purpose of this program is to provide grants for decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low- to moderate-income.

  4. Technical Assistance

    The City and EDA Staff have over 50 years of combined experience in providing technical assistance to businesses! Our EDA Economic Development Director is ready to help you through the development process from finding a location to do business to securing financing. Mountain Lake prides itself on being business friendly and adept at helping any business to be successful.

  5. Location, location, location!

    Highway 60 is a major state highway connecting Mountain Lake to Mankato and Sioux Falls. Mountain Lake lies 29 miles north of I-90. Ten miles west of Mountain Lake lies Highway 71, connecting Mountain Lake to the Iowa Great Lakes region to the south and Willmar to the north and with available high speed telecommunications ... you can do business in Mountain Lake with any supplier or customer in the world!

    The Union Pacific Railroad passes through Mountain Lake.

  6. Housing

    Mountain Lake has approximately 900 homes and apartments within the city. Units rent from $250 - $675. The average home price is $60,000. ContactThe Mark Hanson Agency, 507-427-3500, 1018 Third Ave. www.markhansonagency.com Mountain Lake, MN 56159.

    Thinking of building a home? Why not in Mountain Lake? The EDA owns lots that can be yours – or your employees – at no cost! Located in residential areas of the community with city services. Lots are also available at the newest housing subdivision in the city called Lakeview Estates. As an incentive to build, the EDA may also pay for a portion of the assessments on each lot. For more information call City Hall.

  7. Daycare

    Mountain Lake has a licensed commercial facility as well as a number of in-home daycares. Town and Country Daycare, located at Mt. Lake Elementary offers care to 32 children. There is also an after school program for children ages 5-12.

  8. Schools

    Mountain Lake Public School enjoys a 20 to 1 student/teacher ratio, while the ratio is 15 to 1 at Mountain Lake Christian School. Both facilities are K-12 and offer a variety of classes and extra-curricular activities. Eighty-eight percent of their graduates attend post secondary schools. That's 23% above the state-wide average!

  9. Jobs

    Mountain Lake offers a skilled workforce with a work ethic that is second to none. Additionally, your work force training needs can be met through a variety of programs including:

    Hire Education Loan Program-
    Provides short-term, no interest loans of up to $250,000 to Minnesota businesses to assist them in obtaining the training they need for need or existing employees.

    Minnesota Job Skills Partnership-
    Provides grants of up to $400,000 to educational institutions with businesses as partners to develop training programs specific to business needs.

    Minnesota Pathways Program-
    This program provides grants of up to $400,000 to educational institutions with businesses as partners to develop training programs for individuals making a transition from public assistance to work.

    Health Care & Human Services Worker Training and Retention Program-
    Provides grants of up to $400,000 to educational institutions to develop training programs to worker shortages in the health care and human services industries.

    Distance Work Program-
    Provides grants of up to $400,000 to educational institutions to promote distance-work training projects that involve implementing technology in rural areas.

  10. Quality of Life

       Hiking trail around the lake
       Fishing pier and boat launch
       9-hole Mountain Lake Golf Course
    Public Library
    DSL Internet availability
       24/7 police protection
       Fire and Ambulance Service
    Medical care
       Mountain Lake Medical Clinic
       Windom Area Hospital

For more information contact:
Rob Anderson
Economic Development Director
930 Third Ave., Drawer C
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
(507)427-2999, ext. 4