I was troubled to see the negative comment in Wednesday’s paper regarding Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development. As a person who worked for many years helping area small businesses do planning and obtain financing I can personally testify to the invaluable role BLAEDC has played.
When a business is expanding or a new business is considering a move to our area there are many, many important decisions and contacts that need to be made. Our region has great resources in place to help business, but BLAEDC is the key hub in the wheel that brings these resources together and makes sure our job creators get the assistance they need. I have no doubt our area is much richer for having BLAEDC and their small but talented staff as our advocates.
And, since the letter writer also mentioned our airport finances I would also offer to review the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport budget with anyone interested. We run a lean operation and balance our budget every year. Many in our community tell me we are a bargain for the Brainerd Lakes area.