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The Minnesota economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in Minnesota and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries about business locations. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
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Organization Scope Contacts Website and other resources
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development State 55101
East Central Energy - St. Cloud Airport Business Park Utility 55006 763-689-8055

Airport Business Park

City of Cottage Grove City 55016
Dakota Electric Association Utility 55024    
Lake City Economic Development Authority City 55041    
City of Lakeville City 55044
City of North Branch City 55056    
Owatonna Business Incubator Development 55060    
Owatonna Economic Development Authority City 55060
City of Invergrove Heights City 55076    
St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 55101    
St. Paul Dept of Planning & Economic Development City 55102
St. Paul Port Authority Metro 55102
Metro East Development Partnership, St. Paul Metro
City of Maple Grove City 55311    
City of Champlin City 55316
Great River Energy Utility 55330    
Wright County Economic Development Partnership County 55373    
Xcel Energy Utility 55401
Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department City 55401    
The Great North Alliance Region 55415    
Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce Metro 55402
City of Coon Rapids City 55433    
City of Brooklyn Park City 55443    
Minneapolis St. Paul FTZ #119 - Greater Metropolitan Area FTZ Commission FTZ 55450    
Cook County Economic Development - Grand Marais County 55604    
Iron Range Resources Region
Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, Eveleth Region 55734
Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce chamber 55746    
Minnesota Power Economic Development Regional Utility 55802
Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Metro 55802
Duluth FTZ #51 - Duluth Seaway Port Authority FTZ 55802    
Aquila Economic Development, Rochester Utility

Minnesota's Hometown Network (Southern MN Municipal Power Agency) - Rochester Regional Utility 55902

Rochester Area Economic Development City 55904    
City of Blooming Prairie City 55917    
City of Preston City 55965    
City of Mankato Economic Development City 56001
Greater Mankato Economic Development Corp. (fka Valley Industrial Dev Corp) Local 56001
Region Nine Development Corp. - Mankato 56002    
Alliant Energy Regional Utility 56007
City of Fairmont City 56031
LeSueur Area Chamber of Commerce Local 56058

New Ulm Economic Development Corporation City 56073 507-233-4305
City of St. Peter City 56082    
Waseca City City 56093    
Wells Economic Development Authority City 56097    
Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp Region 56187
Mid Minnesota Development Commission, Wilmar Region 56201
Redwood Area Development Corp., Redwood Falls City 56283    
West Central Initiative - Fergus Falls Region 56537    
Otter Tail Power Company - Fergus Falls Utility 56538
Moorhead Economic Development City 56561    
International Falls FTZ #259 - Koochiching Economic Development Authority FTZ 56649    
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The directory above links to the websites of many Minnesota economic development organizations (EDO) and provides contacts and Area Profiles, Surveys, or other available content about MN as a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the MN and larger Great Lakes region, following the same structure as our global contact directories.

These area representatives would typically include

  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices
Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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