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    Abundant cultural, performing arts and recreational opportunities.

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    A qualified and dependable workforce with very low turnover rates and greater
    than average levels of educational attainment.

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    Superior technology infrastructure available, with fiber to the home. 10 to 25 Mbps uploading
    and downloading speeds - local/wide area networking speeds of up to 200 Mbps.

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    Outstanding, modern, educational programs and facilities.

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    Grand Rapids is an expanding regional health care and shopping destination (2007 per capita
    gross retail sales = $47,500, general merchandise pull factors indicate a customer population of over 48,000).

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    Groundbreaking: Airport South Industrial Park groundbreaking for Swan Machine (Fall 2016).

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WELCOME

Set apart by a progressive attitude and abundant resources, Grand Rapids, MN is the emerging economic focus of Northcentral Minnesota. With significant increases in area employment expected over the next few years, as large projects in development come on-line, Grand Rapids is actively seeking new business and housing partners, as well as assisting the growth of existing enterprises. We hope that your visit to this site is the beginning or renewal of our partnership.

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Target Industries


While Grand Rapids pursues all opportunities to diversify our economic base, we recognize that our individual and regional economic characteristics and resources match well with, and provide a superior location advantage for certain industry classes.


Through a target industry analysis prepared for GREDA in 2005, the following industry classes were identified as “Best Fit” targets:

 

Industry Classification and Sub-Group

NAICS

Wood Products/Furniture Manufacturing and Suppliers
          Chipper Plant

321,327

   

Chemical Related
          Bio-Fuel Production and Supplies
          Calcium Carbonate Supplier
          Latex Supplier
          Chemical Supplier

325

   

Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
          Industrial Supplies
          Maintenance/Pump Repair Contractor Shops
          Plumbing/HCAC Contractor Shops
          Machine Shops
          Wood, Paper, and Mining Related

333

 

   

Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
          Track/Frame/Rail Assembler
          Wood, Paper, and Mining Related

336

   

Paper Manufacturing and Suppliers

322

   

Telemarketing Bureaus/Contact Centers

561

   

Transportation and Warehousing

482, 484, 488, 489

   

Others
          Cement Block Manufactures
          Landscape Services

 
   

Economic Strengths

Some of the many positive economic attributes identified in the 2005 analysis which lead to these “Best Fit” targets, were strengths such as:

                                  target industry
•    Labor Costs - Target employers can save approximately 14% in wage costs over Minneapolis – St. Paul location by locating in Grand Rapids
•    Labor Availability – Very good labor availability can support 5-7 target locationsin the 50-100 job range.
•    Labor Quality– Excellent labor quality was reported by local employers.  Labor Quality Index indicates “Overall labor quality is among the best in the Midwest.
•    Education– Local businesses rate Grand Rapids’ secondary schools and Itasca Community College, in Grand Rapids, very highly.  Itasca’s Vo-tech training programs offer many disciplines that will benefit target industries.
•    Electric Power – Grand Rapids Public Utilities’ electric rates are lower than all competitors in the region.
•    Water and Sanitary Sewer –Grand Rapids has excess sanitary sewer capacity (6-7 GPD), which provides an ability to handle large industrial loads, and is implementing system-wide water transmission upgrades.
•    Telecommunications – The new telecommunication infrastructure in Grand Rapids can handle virtually any modern business need.
•    Sites – Grand Rapids has a wide variety of improved sites at competitive prices and now also includes large sites with rail access.
•    Cost of Living/Quality of Life– “Grand Rapids is a very unique small town offering many cultural and educational advantages that other small towns do not.  This is due, in part, to the generosity of the Blandin Foundation.  The community is very attractive from a shopping, cost of living, cost of housing, schools and recreational point of view.”

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  • grand rapids mn 01

    Abundant cultural, performing arts and recreational opportunities.

  • grand rapids mn 02

    A qualified and dependable workforce with very low turnover rates and greater
    than average levels of educational attainment.

  • grand rapids mn 03

    Superior technology infrastructure available, with fiber to the home. 10 to 25 Mbps uploading
    and downloading speeds - local/wide area networking speeds of up to 200 Mbps.

  • grand rapids mn 04

    Outstanding, modern, educational programs and facilities.

  • grand rapids mn 05

    Grand Rapids is an expanding regional health care and shopping destination (2007 per capita
    gross retail sales = $47,500, general merchandise pull factors indicate a customer population of over 48,000).

  • swangroundbreaking3

    Groundbreaking: Airport South Industrial Park groundbreaking for Swan Machine (Fall 2016).