Lake City EDA Team
Kjellgren Alkire, Executive Director
205 West Center Street, Lake City, MN, 55041
Kjellgren Alkire serves the Lake City EDA full-time. He began in this position in July 2018. In his previous work as full-time university faculty, his areas of research included development of rural cultural capital, placemaking and public-private ventures. He completed his undergraduate degree in Community Development and Fine Arts at Concordia University in Saint Paul; his MFA is from Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!).
Kjellgren serves his children dinner as often as possible, as a volunteer leader in a small country church, as the Wabasha County Representative for the Board of Directors of the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council. He runs Oakstreet Projects, an independent artist-run curatorial platform.
The goal of his work is to help Lake City, Minnesota thrive with creativity, clarity and strategy.
Treasurer, Business Development & Marketing Committee
Cheryl Key joined the EDA Board in January of 2010, but is not new to the EDA. She previously served on the EDA Board as a City Council Representative from 1999-2002. Key brings an extensive knowledge of housing programs and practices to the Board having worked in the field more than twenty-five years. Key worked for fourteen years with the Rochester Area Foundation working primarily with the First Homes Initiative administering the Community Land Trust Program. Prior to this, Key spent thirteen years with the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) an organization aimed at providing quality housing options for citizens residing within the multi-county service area.
Key, a lifelong resident of Lake City has been active in the community serving on the Library Board, Ambulance Commission, Streets and Parks Board, Tree Board, Charter Commission and three (3) terms on the City Council (1994 – 2002). Key has also served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Community Land Trust Coalition and the National CLT Network.
Key currently serves as a Wabasha County Fifth District Commissioner (Lake City) and currently serves on thirteen boards/committees appointed through Wabasha County.
Key has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Winona State University and Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) Certification from the National Development Council.
Board Member, Business Development Manager
Hird joined EDA Board in 2015 with a desire to help make Lake City a great place to live, work and play. He moved to Lake City in July 2010 after spending years driving around Lake Pepin and enjoying the local restaurants and shops.
Hird has been with First Alliance Credit Union for more than 11 years and has more than 25 years in the financial services industry. He was the Branch Manager for the opening of Firs Alliance’s Byron Branch. In that role he was active in the Byron Chamber as President, with the Byron Good Neighbors Day Committee, and Kiwanis. He is currently active in the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Area Builders as an Ambassador and a Board Member of the History Center of Olmsted County.
In his current position as Business Development Coordinator Hird meets and consults with all types of small businesses and entrepreneurs looking for solutions to their deposit and credit needs. This includes reviewing business plans, tax returns and financial statements. His term expires at the end of 2021.
Tom Dwelle is a life-long resident of Lake City and is currently is a Sales Manager for HBC, Inc., and a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty. In the past Tom has served on the City Council, as a Wabasha County Commissioner and other boards and commissions, including the Lake City EDA. Tom is involved as member of the Lake City Rotary Club and current President of Destination Lake City. Dwelle was appointed to fill the remainder of Pat Murphy’s term upon his resignation. He was reappointed in early 2018 to a new term that expires at the end of 2023.
President, Business Development & Marketing Committee, Business Manager
Fayette joined the Board in September 2010 and currently serves as the EDA’s vice president. He is a member of the Marketing Committee as well as the committee formed to assist in the sale of Block 13 .
Born and raised in Illinois, Fayette moved to Lake City in 1982 and has been an active member of the community ever since. Fayette has more than 30 years of business ownership experience having previously owned and operated a number of successful businesses in Lake City including a waterfront restaurant, bar, campground and marina.
Fayette attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse majoring in Economics and Sociology. He has been actively involved in the Lake City Chamber of Commerce as a former board member and president. Mark is a Real Estate Broker licensed in the State of Minnesota. His real estate experience includes residential and mixed use land development including multiple projects in Lake City. He is co-owner of Shaymar, Inc., a company specializing in real estate development, project management, property management and sales of business, commercial, industrial and residential properties. His term expires at the end of 2019.