Crosslake EDA

About Us

Our Mission

To Develop and Promote the Economic Growth and Welfare of Crosslake While Protecting the Environment


Crosslake Comprehensive Plan

Crosslake EDA is in the process of updating various chapters in the Comprehensive Plan. EDA strongly believes that a blueprint is necessary for building a sound foundation for the community. In May of 2018, the city approved the re-write of the Plan and now it is time for a review and update. Currently, chapters in process are Environment, Economic Vitality and Park and Recreation. Updates will be added to the Crosslake City Website under Planning and Zoning. Refer to Comp Plan update in this section of the EDA website for additional information as it becomes available. To view the full comprehensive plan click HERE.

Consumer Survey Results

The 2023 survey was conducted over the summer for both businesses and consumers to get feedback as to what businesses are working and what other businesses are needed to serve the consumers in our city. It was open from Memorial Day till Labor Day, 5,000 flyers were made and handed out to businesses in Crosslake to hand out to their customers. The flyer was shared on Facebook and LinkedIn two times during the summer, the posts reached over 2,400 people. The Crosslake EDA representatives and BLAEDC staff analyzed the results of the survey. Overall the survey received a total of 313 respondents. VIEW RESULTS

Business Survey Results

In the fall of 2023, members of the EDA embarked on a campaign to visit Crosslake businesses and conduct surveys aimed at understand their needs. Conversations revolved around the potential support the EDA could offer, additional resources available, and inquiries into the primary challenges the businesses face. The overarching objective of this initiative was to establish stronger ties with local businesses and determine how the EDA could effectively assist them. The outcomes of these visits are available for viewing here. VIEW RESULTS

Crosslake EDA


Dean Fitch


member at large

Roger Roy


A resident of Crosslake since 1987, Roger has been involved with the Crosslake EDA since the creation of the 2005 Comprehensive Plan.  He has been a business owner for the past 24 years.  READ MORE

board member

Patty Norgaard

Patty has served over 8 years on the Crosslake EDA Board. After knowing for years she wanted to live “Up North,” she moved here 18 years ago. Patty loves Crosslake for the beautiful environment, the smalltown atmosphere and the great diversity of its population. READ MORE


John Andrews



Dave Gahn


Alternate, member at large

Carla Bainbridge

founder & owner of predictive talent

This is Carla’s first year being involved with the Crosslake EDA.  Carla grew up visiting Crosslake—it’s been a place to visit and live in her family for three generations. She’s been a business owner for over 20 years and before that, the corporate world. For over 15 years has been involved with International Entrepreneurs Organization for as the MN chapter President, as well as the global board. She helps businesses flourish and grow. She loves everything about Crosslake–the lakes of course, the outdoors, the community, all of her friends, the amenities like the community center and the garden. At this time in her life, she has time to give back and share, and that is what she would like to do. With her extensive experience in running businesses and helping other businesses flourish, she’s excited to contribute.


Martha Steele

Over 30 years ago, Martha fell in love with the lakes and overall beauty of the area after camping at the US Army Corp of Engineers Campground in Crosslake.  In 1990, her dream to have a cabin on the lake became a reality and in 2008, Crosslake became her permanent home. Martha has been involved with the Crosslake EDA for 5 ½ years.  As a BLAEDC EXEC, she was asked to attend a Crosslake EDA meeting for her expertise as a former project manager.  She saw the need for someone to responsible for recording the minutes and she’s been involved ever since. Martha also serves on the Bass Lake Association as Secretary/Treasurer and Wed Administrator. 



Martha Seibert-Volz

Marcia currently serves on the Crosslake City Council and was appointed to represent the council on the EDA Board. In 2012, Marcia and her husband purchased their home in Crosslake, and later moved here in November 2017. Marcia cares about what Crosslake has to offer citizens and the amenities provided, safety, and healthy environment. She believes Crosslake offers so much across the spectrum of great places to live, including great recreational activities, which draw tourists to the area.


Council Liason

Sandy Farder

Sandy Farder recently became aware of the EDA while running for a seat on the Crosslake City Council in 2022. Once she won that seat, she became even more intrigued with the EDA, and was ultimately appointed to be a liaison between EDA and the City Council.  Her previous work history includes Director of the St. Francis Adult Basic Education Program. She served as a liaison between her program and the St. Francis business community, creating very successful collaborations with local businesses that benefited both them and her students. She also wrote a monthly article for the Courier newspaper, acquainting the community with my program and my students’ needs and successes. 

Sandy and her husband moved to Crosslake in October of 2020, fulfilling a longtime dream, after spending many glorious summers here.  The charm, the peace, the beauty, and the people brought them here, along with the many activities and dining opportunities contained in such a relatively small area. As a resident and a new member of the City Council, is vitally interested in the existing businesses here, in future business endeavors, and in the success of the entire business community,  as well as the community at large. 


The EDA meets quarterly at the Crosslake City Hall. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.