The mission of the Cloquet Economic Development Authority (EDA) is to take an active role in attracting new businesses to the community, retaining existing businesses, assisting businesses with expansion, and enabling rehabilitation and/or redevelopment of areas within the community. The goal of work activities by the EDA is to grow the local economy through focused efforts that stimulate economic investment and grow prosperity in the Cloquet region.


The Cloquet EDA is a public body governed by Mn. Stat. 469 and enabling resolution by the Cloquet City Council. The membership of the EDA is composed of seven (7) members, including five (5) at-large and two (2) Council members who are appointed by the City Council. The EDA meets monthly and is a seven-member volunteer commission, provide the community platform for local economic discussion and decision making.

The Cloquet EDA has staff support from the through the Community Development Department, with the Director of Community Development acting as the Cloquet EDA Director. The Cloquet EDA meets the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00am in the Cloquet City Hall Council Chambers.

2020 Membership Cloquet Economic Development Authority

Member Position Affiliation/Occupation Term Expires
Shelia Lamb
Commissioner City Councilor Term Expires 12/31/22
Steve Micke
Commissioner Cloquet Insurance Council Term 12/31/24
Ross Peterson Commissioner Retired Banker Term Expires 12/31/20
Dave Manderfeld Commissioner Cloquet Large Industry
Term Expires 12/31/25
Sue Ryan Commissioner Cloquet Industry Distribution               Term Expires 12/31/25
John Riihiluoma Commissioner Cloquet Construction Trades
Term Expires 12/31/25
Lara Wilkinson
Commissioner City Councilor Council Term 12/31/22

2020 Goals

Goal #1 - Promote the Development & Maintenance of Housing by implementing the 2014 Cloquet Housing Study and Taskforce Recommendations

Strategy:  Ensure that the City’s housing stock supports the needs of local employers, employees, and targeted businesses including the adequate marketing of the City’s housing re/development opportunities.

Goal #2 – Childcare

Strategy: Ensure local families and industries have access to quality childcare in the City of Cloquet by maintaining and creating new additional childcare slots.

Goal #3 – Workforce Development

Strategy: To ensure local industries have the opportunity to educate local students on career opportunities in their community.

Goal #4 - Develop the Cloquet Business Park

Strategy:  To increase sustainable business and employment opportunities within the Cloquet Business Park while broadening the commercial/industrial sector and tax base.

Goal #5 - Downtown Revitalization

Strategy:  Increase the number and variety of restaurants, breweries/cideries/taprooms etc., retail, office, commercial, and housing mixed-use destinations to maintain Downtown as a vibrant destination and place of commerce.  Work to implement the 2017 Downtown Cloquet Revitalization Strategy with detailed recommendations for the Cloquet Avenue and Historic West End Districts.

Goal #6 – Proactively Participate in Private Redevelopment of Underutilized Properties and Land along South Highway 33 for Retail/Office Development and North Highway 33 for Commercial/Mixed-use Development Opportunities

Strategy: To increase the diversity of retail shopping alternatives for the residents of the City and attract others to shop in Cloquet and to craft viable office employment centers in Cloquet stimulating job creation.

Work Plan

Detailed 2020 Cloquet EDA Work Plan.

Annual Report

2019 Cloquet Community Development Department Annual Report.

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