2021 Initiatives

The Granite Falls Economic Development Authority is actively working on several projects throughout the city.

Small Cities Forgivable Grants – Interested Participants Sought

Small City Development Program Application for City of Granite Falls

The EDA (Economic Development Authority) of Granite Falls, working with the Upper Minnesota Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC), is looking to apply for a grant from the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This grant is for funds to help property owners, single-family rental, multi-family rental and retail building owners rehab their buildings. 

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Granite Square – Affordable Market Rate Rentals

Plans and details for Phase I of III are available by contacting us at eda@granitefalls.com. This project was started through a partnership with Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. We thank them for their creative approach and insight into rural housing solutions. 


Camper Cabin at Memorial Park Campground

The EDA is pleased to announce the Camper Cabin is now available for summer rental. The rate is $70/night and can be reserved online. Rustic cabin sleeps five. Includes fire ring, picnic table, electricity, WIFI and heat. Bring your own bedding. No pets. No cooking in the cabin except crockpots. 

Read camping guidelines and reserve. 

Click here to check availability and see rental information.

Community Conversations – Phase II 

The EDA and City of Granite Falls are collecting input through a 3 Question Survey for the creation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and 20-Year Vision. This document will guide City decision-making regarding vision, goals and objectives for general land use, housing, parks and open spaces, transportation, trails, riverfront, infrastructure and economic development. Working with LHB, Inc., public listening sessions were held on June 29 & 30. An online survey was available through August 6. Preliminary recommendations will be shared with City Council on September 7. LHB, Inc. will be attending the CAIR-Squid Fest on Saturday, September 18 to discuss the findings and recommendations with residents.

Questions can be directed to Crystal Johnson, City Manager or Linda Mathiasen, EDA Executive Director.

Market Analysis for TIF District & Economic Vitality.

View the Study

The survey is designed for businesses and is being conducted spring of 2021 in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension. Its purpose is to identify challenges and opportunities for the local shopping district, downtown, and the US-212 corridor. 

Housing Development Promotion.

2021 Housing Study

Looking to promote single family and multi-family housing development, Granite Falls Economic Development Authority completed a Housing Study in April 2021. The Comprehensive Housing Market Study was conducted by Community Partners Research Partners, Inc., and shares recommendations on a five-year growth projection in order to meet the needs of current and future households.

A volunteer Housing Committee meets monthly to work on an implementation plan addressing Study findings and recommendations.

City Beautification with Public Art.

Southwest Arts Council $7,000 Grant Award in 2021

“Get to Know Granite Falls Then & Now” City Beautification with Interpretative Benches

This project is funded by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council – made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.

Women in Business.

In 2021, the Women Steering Committee was formed to support professional development and networking. This initiative is co-sponsored by Southwest Initiative Foundation and Granite Falls EDA. To receive details on the next event, send an email to eda@granitefalls.com or follow us on Facebook

Holiday Street Décor.

The Holiday Street Décor Committee came together to help select and fundraise for new LED decorations for Granite Falls corridors along US-212, Granite Street, 9th Avenue and Prentice Street. The Committee is planning a Citywide Lighting on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Dog Park.

The Dog Lovers Steering Committee is actively exploring sites for a dog park. Follow their progress by joining the Dog Lovers for the Granite Falls Dog Park on Facebook.

Investing Capital Gains with Tax Advantages.

Minnesota Opportunity Zone: $5,000 Grant Award in 2019

“Clocktower Project” the old Marr Building on Prentice Street

Downtown Prentice Street multi-use retail and market rate rental or owner-occupied units with a view of the Minnesota River, Granite Falls Dam and the Historical Roebling Footbridge. Prentice Street is Granite Falls’ Main Street and Central Business District.