One way to measure a city's growth is outside businesses and companies making the decision to take up roots there. Another, more obvious one, is new businesses. In 2012, Marshall can check both of those boxes. A few examples: Instead of the Bistro closing its doors and becoming a huge empty building on a busy intersection, it has been transformed to Caldo Italian Kitchen, which should prosper at that choice location. The El Rancho Mexican restaurant will soon be welcoming customers into the old Chalet building on East College Drive. The former Starbucks building has also been dusted off and now has a tenant. Kruse Motors has broken ground on a new building. The Open Door Health Center now has a weekly presence in town.
And on Wednesday, the Marshall City Council approved a subsidy agreement between the Economic Development Authority and the Brau Brothers Brewing Company of Lucan. Brau Brothers needs more space, and it appears it has found it in the old Runnings building at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and U.S. Highway 59. Another empty building filled.
These are good things, folks, not just because new restaurants give people more dining choices, it tells us that Marshall is a good city to do business in, and the more business owners catch on to that, the better it is for everyone.
This city needs to keep this economic development trend going; when it comes to progress there is, or at least shouldn't be, a ceiling - a point where city leaders get to and say, "There, now we have everything, we can stop growing now." Growth, development and progress - no matter what side of Highway 23 it's on - is good for everyone. If Marshall wants to solidify its spot as a regional hub, it needs to keep working aggressively to attract new businesses and new residents.
If 2012 is any indication, the future looks bright here.