By Ryan Gueningsman
ST. MICHAEL, MN Bauer Design Build of Delano was recognized as the outstanding member of the year by the Wright County Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP) at its annual meeting at the St. Michael Community Center Jan. 21.
Bauer Design Build has been very active in the WCEDP in a variety of ways for about three years and the awards committee felt that this company is an outstanding example of someone, who deserves to be recognized for all that he has done, according to WCEDP Executive Director Noel LaBine.
Both owner, Mike Bauer, and Bauer Design Build’s business development agent, Todd Meyhoff, have demonstrated leadership, innovation and initiative on the job by helping to make connections with new and expanding businesses in the Wright County area.
Bauer joined the partnership about five years ago with the idea that he was willing to help with the marketing committee.
Since then, he has actively solicited new members and contributors for both the directory and the golf event, LaBine said.
“Both Mike Bauer and Todd Meyhoff have been active members of the marketing and membership committee,” LaBine added.
The Bauer Design Build team has created many opportunities for synergistic relationships. Through their efforts, they have been indirectly responsible for thousands of dollars of support for the Partnership.
They frequently attend partnership events such as meetings, conferences, and other functions. They also frequently attend and participate in many other events in the Wright County community including the local chamber of commerce events in several of the communities and the Central Minnesota Manufacturing Association (CMMA).
Overall, they have aided the improvement of the quality of life within Wright County in recent years by supervising the construction of several building projects in Wright County through their general contracting business.
These projects include the new City of Maple Lake Liquor store, the Lake Region Co-op expansion in Maple Lake, the Montrose early education center, and the 30,000-square-foot addition at Landscape Structures in Delano.
“This will have the indirect influence of helping to retain jobs in Wright County,” LaBine said.
The WCEDP exists to enhance the business climate of Wright County and to help create more jobs in Wright County.
The strategies the partnership uses to achieve its mission include being an information resource and finding technical assistance; aiding business development through business retention and expansion visits, providing financing resources, and providing business information and training through seminars and workshops.
Also, the partnership markets Wright County to business site locators, and maintains an excellent website, which includes a listing of commercial and industrial property available in Wright County. The site is www.wrightpartnership.org.
The partnership also has gathered economic statistical information, which is available on its website.