Our Mission

"We Support the Successful Growth and Pride of the Fairmont area Businesses and Citizens."

Located near the Iowa border with over 100 acres of park land, the Fairmont area is a great destination for any outdoor enthusiast and entrepreneur. For anyone investigating the City of Fairmont, the Community Development Department is available to assist site selectors, local businesses and business owners exploring the Fairmont area for expansion. The Community Development Department  is a one-stop shop for all development needs: economic development, planning and zoning, and building codes. The department promotes all commercial, industrial, and residential activity and coordinates everything from site reviews to incentives.

Core Activities

business assistanceBusiness Assistance

FEDA staff is available to advise area businesses on an array of business topics. Additionally, FEDA staff can assist businesses with building/site searches, provide financial assistance and answer questions pertaining to business start‐up, expansion or relocation. This year, the Economic Development Coordinator consulted with 34 businesses.

business visitsBusiness Visits

Business visits are an integral component of any economic development strategy. These visits identify new opportunities for businesses in the community, build positive relationships and forewarn of business conditions that could lead to workforce decline or facility closure. Information conveyed during these visits is vital to determine the support FEDA can offer. In 2017, FEDA staff and board members made 42 business visits.

business incubatorBusiness Incubator Building

The Incubator Building, located at 426 Winnebago Avenue, Fairmont, is owned and operated by FEDA. This building provides office suites and work areas for seven businesses, currently operating at full capacity. In 2017, several tenant lease agreements were updated, and numerous operational and cosmetic improvements were made to the building.

child careChild Care Committee

As FEDA became aware of the inadequate supply of quality affordable child care in Fairmont and Martin County, a “Child Care Committee” was formed. The objective of this committee is to increase the availability of quality center‐based and home‐based childcare options throughout Martin County.