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Bryce Lange of Lewiston is the new CEDA representative for Mabel, Rushford Village and Hayfield. He’ll also be working with Courtney Bergey in Spring Grove and working on Pine County’s strategic housing action plan.
SUBMITTED Bryce Lange of Lewiston is the new CEDA representative for Mabel, Rushford Village and Hayfield. He’ll also be working with Courtney Bergey in Spring Grove and working on Pine County’s strategic housing action plan.
Several area cities, their economic development authorities and other meetings are getting a boost from CEDA’s newest associate, Bryce Lange.

The 22-year-old from Lewiston is enjoying getting to know his offices in Mabel, Rushford Village, Hayfield and will join Courtney Bergey in Spring Grove. He also enjoys meeting the people he will be working with.

“I’m not too familiar with Houston and Fillmore counties,” he admitted, “coming to Mabel was my first time being here.”

In just a few short weeks of starting his job, Lange has already met hundreds of people. That aspect of the job is a no-brainer for him.

“I like meeting people,” he said. “It’s similar to where I am from. There’s a few different cultural aspects, like Spring Grove is largely Norwegian. Lewiston is a mix of different cultures.”

Another aspect about the job is helping cities on their projects. Currently, each city he represents is working on something different, though a central theme seems to be fulfilling housing needs.

“For Mabel, I’m working on developing different housing proposals,” he said. “A few cities are working on developing programs to assist people in getting financing to fix up homes.”

Geography also has a large effect on what cities decide to do. Some cities have more potential for development based on their geography and location, but many city councils know an integral part to keeping their towns alive is bringing in business.

“They all have similar issues to address, but they address them differently,” Lange said.

He graduated with a degree in public administration from Winona State University and his goal was to work with government.

In college, he worked for the City of Winona as an intern, and also wished to work for CEDA as intern. After graduation, a position opened up for an associate and Lange was hired.

“My ultimate end goal is to go into the capacity of a city administrator for a town under 5,000 people,” he said. “I am happy here and I’ll stay at CEDA for the foreseeable future.”

Lange has a wife, Rebecca, and a two-year-old son. When he’s not helping cities, he likes to spend time with his family, hike, camp and road trip to state parks. Of traveling, he prefers driving and visiting stops along the way versus flying in a plane.

Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) is a non-profit organization started in 1986 (then known as Southeastern Minnesota Development Corporation). They provide community support for counties, cities or other organizations, small business assistance, grant writing and management services, administration services and community planning and development.