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    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.

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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

Telecommunications


The Grand Rapids/Itasca County area is uniquely positioned for significant expansion in the use of Broadband for individual and commercial use.

As an example, of the approximately 4,000 homes in the Grand Rapids area, virtually all are currently passed by fiber optic cable. This allows FTTP Internet services that are easily available, commercially affordable, and reasonably priced. This infrastructure supports Internet speeds of up to 60 Mbps and Metro Ethernet speeds up to 1 Gbps. Similar in place infrastructure exists in adjacent cities, adding several thousand additional homes. Additional construction in progress will give more nearby rural areas this same advantage.

Additionally, there exists within the City of Grand Rapids Central Business District an asset seldom found in smaller municipalities. The Itasca Technology Exchange offers space and a co-location Data Center used by several tenants and available for external co-location services. The Data Center is currently served by triple redundant Internet services at 18 Mbps. Higher data rates are easily available.

All-in-all, the Grand Rapids area is unique not only in its quality of life, but in its ability to welcome and support telecommuters and information technology employers.

Our staff would be pleased to assist you with contact information for our local service providers which include, but are not necessarily limited to: Paul Bunyan Telecommunications, MediaCom and CenturyLink.

 

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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).