Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bolstad joins economic development team at the City of Cottage Grove

In December, Laura Bolstad (MPP '11) accepted the position of economic development specialist at the City of Cottage Grove. She works with the economic development director to recruit new businesses and help with the retention and expansion of existing businesses. Bolstad will help in the planning stages for new residential developments and monitoring state and federal regulations relating to economic development. Bolstad reports, "both my studies at the Humphrey School and my research for Economic Development Services prepared me very well for this new job. Cottage Grove has a lot going for it, and I'm happy to have this opportunity to help the city reach its potential." In the summer of 2011 Bolstad also began doing independent consulting work for fellow Humphrey alumna Janna King of Economic Development Services, Inc. From 2005 to 2011, Bolstad was with the Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation's (GMHC) Housing Resource Center; for the majority of her time at GMHC, Bolstad ran a number of home repair and down payment assistance loan programs.

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