Bemidji City Council explores BEDA options

The Bemidji City Council held a work session last night and discussed various ways the Bemidji Economic Development Authority, or BEDA, could be more active.

The BEDA was created in 1989, according to city documents, and it can be more flexible than the council in certain areas. Community Development Director Steve Jones led the discussion, and spoke on the different ways an EDA can be used.

The discussion largely focused on creating more affordable housing within the city, and acquiring vacant lots, through the use of the revolving loan fund or revenue bonds taken out by the BEDA, without raising the levy.

Mayor of Bemidji Rita Albrecht expressed the importance of affordable housing for a community.

No action was taken by the council during the discussion last night.

To see Jones’ full report, here is the City Work Session Packet: 2-10-20_BEDA_Packet


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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