Economic Development Authority (TEDA)

The Tower Economic Development Authority serves to promote business and to recruit new business. The Tower Economic Development Authority shall consider the interest and need of City residents, private businesses, and public organizations regarding community and economic development.

TEDA Roles and Responsibilities: Promote local businesses and local business expansion, recruit new business, collaborate with prospective businesses to gather market studies and research, encourage the development of housing within the city that is safe, diverse, and which gives our citizens affordable options to own a home, provide information regarding loan/grant programs, facilitate redevelopment districts, inventory lands and buildings available for development.

 Why Tower?

Lake Vermilion

In short, Lake Vermilion and quality of life.

National Geographic has named Lake Vermilion one of the ten most scenic lakes in the United States. This spectacular body of water, rimmed with pine and some of the oldest bedrock on the planet, stretches more than 30 miles east-to-west and holds over 365 islands. Lake Vermilion is also home to some of the best fishing in Minnesota, including highly sought species like walleye, northern pike, musky, and smallmouth bass.

The lake is also home to thousands of summer residents who come each year to take advantage of the lake’s tranquility and world class fishing.

Tower is located in the heart of Minnesota’s North Woods, surrounded by miles of wild public lands tailor-made for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Lake Vermilion borders on the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area, a pristine federally designated wilderness that encompasses 1.1 million acres and nearly 1,600 interconnected lakes.

Other amenities include:

  • Gateway to Lake Vermilion and Bear Head Lake state parks
  • Miles of cross-country ski trails beginning in the city limits
  • Miles of spectacular hiking trails just minutes from downtown
  • Located at the intersection of the Arrowhead, Taconite, and Iron Ore snowmobile trails
  • Direct connection to the Mesabi Trail, a bike trail which stretches 140 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely.
  • Downtown harbor with direct water connection to Lake Vermilion.
  • Local schools serving grades K-12.
Be a part of Tower's future!
Main Street

Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Vermilion, Tower is a great location to raise a family or grow a new business, and the Tower Economic Development Authority is here to assist. TEDA is one of the largest property owners in the city, and our properties are available for a wide range of development for potential partners. We have property well-suited for both residential and commercial development that offers direct access to Lake Vermilion, making it ideal for recreational residential, hotel lodging, or water-oriented commercial activities. We also have property suitable for light industrial/manufacturing.

If you’re looking for a partner for your project in Tower, give us a call today.

 Properties for Development

TEDA owns more than 100 acres of property in and around Tower, virtually all of which is available for appropriate development projects. Contact us today to find out more about how TEDA can partner with you on your development concept.

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Marina Drive

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Tower Harbor

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Tower Industrial Park

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 Incentives

Commercial Rehabilitation Loan Program

TEDA maintains a revolving low-interest loan fund that allows commercial property owners to finance a wide range of improvements to their properties. The application process is straightforward and there is usually a prompt turnaround on loan approvals.

Taconite Area Community Relief Guidelines
TEDA Taconite Area COVID Relief Loan Application

Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation
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A state agency unique to northeastern Minnesota, the DIRRR is an excellent partner with TEDA, which has helped finance everything from manufacturing plants to recreational facilities, such as Tower’s downtown harbor. The DIRRR works closely with economic development authorities on the Iron Range and TEDA has an excellent and longstanding relationship with the agency.

 Success Stories

Lamppa Manufacturing
Lamppa Mfg

Construction of new headquarters and manufacturing plant for Lamppa Manufacturing— home of the most efficient and cleanest-burning wood stoves and furnaces in the world. They are best-known for their Kuuma sauna stoves and their Vapor Fire wood-burning furnaces, which are certified as meeting the 2020 EPA low emissions standards for wood furnaces. This $1.8 million project was made possible with loan funding from the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation (DIRRR). Completed in 2020


Standing Bear Marina
Sanding Bear Marina

Restoration of former Standing Bear Marina and establishment of Your Boat Club, a boat club that caters to boating enthusiasts from around the Upper Midwest. This was a partnership between TEDA, the DIRRR, and Your Boat Club in which a derelict marina with direct access to Lake Vermilion was partially demolished and subsequently renovated and/or rebuilt to serve a largely professional clientele. Completed in 2019.


Vermilion Country School
Vermilion Country School
Vermilion Country School

In 2013, a vacant TEDA building, that formerly housed the Powerain car wash manufacturing facility, was converted into the Vermilion Country School, at grades 7-12 public charter school. The project included a $500,000 renovation, which is paid for through state lease aid from the charter school. The facility serves about 35 students and employs about 15 staff, including full-time teachers, an administrator, para-professionals, a cook, maintenance staff and bus drivers. The school has generated more than $550,000 in lease payments to date, providing sufficient revenue to service the debt and help fund TEDA’s ongoing operations.


 Members

Miranda Kishel
Secretary

Orlyn Kringstad
Council Representative

Dick Larmouth
Board Member

Sheldon Majerle
Vice President

Stephen Peterson
President

Michael Schultz
Treasurer


 Agendas & Minutes

11/05/2020 Regular Meeting  Agenda
10/08/2020 Special Meeting  Agenda  Approved Minutes
09/10/2020 Special Meeting  Agenda  Approved Minutes
08/06/2020 Regular Meeting  Agenda  Approved Minutes
07/02/2020 Regular Meeting  Agenda  Approved Minutes
06/04/2020 Regular Meeting  Agenda  Approved Minutes
05/07/2020 Regular Meeting  Agenda  Approved Minutes
04/06/2020 Special Meeting  Agenda  Approved Minutes
03/05/2020 Regular Meeting  Agenda  Approved Minutes
02/06/2020 Regular Meeting  Agenda  Approved Minutes
01/09/2020 Special Meeting  Agenda  Approved Minutes
12/05/2019 Regular Meeting  Approved Minutes
11/21/2019 Special Meeting  Approved Minutes
10/03/2019 Regular Meeting  Approved Minutes
09/05/2019 Regular Meeting  Approved Minutes

 Contact Us

Marshall Helmberger
Executive Director
teda@cityoftower.com
218-750-2510

Stephen Peterson
TEDA President
stephenp@entrepreneurfund.org
218-780-7289


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