Business Development

Business Development Opportunities
2014 will be a very exciting year for the Marshall area as far as potential economic development opportunities. Throughout this year we will be using this site to keep you updated and educated on two different potential projects. One is the Amateur Sports Center and the other is the MERIT Center. Both projects will be very beneficial to our economy. Our mission is to give you as much detail as possible on both projects. You can click on either link below to take you to informational pages regarding the projects.

Business Testimonials
"Runnings is proud to call Marshall, Minnesota, home to our corporate office and flagship store since 1947. Over the years, our company has grown in size and reached into new geographical regions, but our loyalty to Marshall remains strong. That loyalty is the result of solid relationships formed with not only residents of the town and community, but civic leaders and fellow business members. We've faced many challenges in over 60 years of business, challenges we could have not overcome without the support, involvement and trust of this great community. From the time we opened our first store on main street, Marshall has embraced as her own and that's why we love doing business here." Dennis Jensen, Runnings Marketing & Advertising Director

"Action Manufacturing has had an excellent experience working with the City of Marshall administration and Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce to further expand their business in Marshall. Marshall is pro business, has an available workforce, and has proven to be supportive of the future growth and development of their community." Tim Swenson, Action Manufacturing Owner

Local funding for SW MN Amateur Sports and MERIT Center projects:

  • Local Sales Tax 0.5% - April 1st, 2013
  • Hospitality Tax (Hotel tax) 1.5% - June 1st, 2013
  • Hospitality Tax (Prepared Food & Beverage) 1.5% - July 1st, 2013

Click Here for additional Marshall Sales and Lodging Tax Information.

pdfFrequently Asked Questions: SMASC & MERIT - How much is this going to cost me?

SW MN Amateur Sports Center


  • Economic growth and retail opportunities
  • Attracting families and students to SMSU.SMASC Logo
  • Youth sports have been demonstrated to be virtually recession proof.
  • Positive cash flow revenue generator. Not an expense to the state.
  • It helps the tax base for the city and county and certainly adds to the recruitment process for new students and a labor force that helps support our local sports organizations and local teams.


2012 SMASC Facilities


 For more information, CLICK HERE.

 2012 05 30 Timeline of Progress

MERIT Center - Vehicle Training Facility


  • Adds to Marshall's regional pull.
  • Provides a safe and controlled environment for vehicle training.MERIT Center
  • Creates local jobs.
  • Reduces personal insurance premiums.
  • Brings customers to Marshall on a daily basis

2012 08 30 Concept

 For more information regarding the MERIT Center, CLICK HERE.