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.
2019 Membership Cloquet Economic Development Authority
||Commissioner||City Councilor||Term Expires 12/31/22|
||Commissioner||Cloquet Insurance||Council Term 12/31/24|
|Ross Peterson||Commissioner||Cloquet Banking||Term Expires 12/31/20|
||Commissioner||Cloquet Large Industry
||Term Expires 12/31/19|
|Russ Smith||Commissioner||Business Investor||Term Expires 12/31/22|
Cloquet Construction Trades
||Term Expires 12/31/19|
||Commissioner||City Councilor||Council Term 12/31/22|
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 - 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 #3 - Downtown Revitalization
Strategy: Increase the number and variety of retail, office, commercial, and mixed-use destinations to maintain Downtown as a vibrant destination and place of commerce.
Goal #4 – Workforce Development
Strategy: To ensure local industries have the opportunity to educate local students on career opportunities in their community.
Goal #5 – 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.
Goal #6 - Business Retention, Expansion (BRE) and Attraction
Strategy: To increase the positive interactions and engagement with existing businesses through partnerships and networking in support of our desirable small town atmosphere.
Goal #7 - Provide Proactive Economic and Community Development Leadership and Support
Strategy: Economic Development projects to be considered and pursued within Cloquet will be communicated proactively with the City to successfully transition projects through various approval processes.