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Echo Press photo by Celeste Beam The Alexandria area is building a reputation as one of the fastest growing "micropolitans" in the nation. The distinction is given to rural cities with populations of more than 10,000 but less than 50,000 that are largely self-sufficient and have a regional economy.

Economic development leaders: Growth doesn't just happen

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Alexandria continues to flex its economic development muscle.

City representatives on the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC), Kevin Kopischke and Corliss Stark, presented the commission's annual report to the city council at its meeting Monday.


Kopischke noted that the AAEDC is celebrating its 20th year and its mission remains the same: driving the economic wealth and stability of the community.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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