About Us

Driven by community leadership

The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) is a community-driven, non-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the area’s economic base by expanding business, building community and growing jobs in Crow Wing County.

A Board of Directors governs BLAEDC’s activities and oversees its budget, goals, and mission. Staff works together with area businesses and government leaders to:

  • Foster the creation of new jobs
  • Attract new industry to the region
  • Assist area businesses with their growth and development needs
  • Providing services for expansion, relocation, start-ups

Since 1985, BLAEDC has offered a variety of free, confidential consulting services to individuals and businesses looking to start, expand, or locate a company in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Among the services that BLAEDC offers:

  • Find appropriate site locations
  • Locate financial support by identifying specialized programs and determining eligibility for local, regional, state and federal programs
  • Obtain technical assistance for business planning
  • Share area information
  • Connect to local governmental resources and their processes
  • Promote and market the region

BLAEDC Services

BLAEDC actively markets Crow Wing County as Greater Minnesota’s premier business location. By establishing relationships and developing networks, BLAEDC:

  • Leads initiatives with economic development strategies and related action plans for the area
  • Collaborates to strategically promote and market the Brainerd Lakes Area through our vast network of partners
  • Identifies unique opportunities to grow our area

Lend your support

Become involved in the health and vitality of the Brainerd Lakes Area by joining the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation. Learn more about our activities and accomplishments by reviewing our reports.

We're Ready. Let's Grow!

Community Development Planning

BLAEDC recognizes the characteristics of competitive communities and supports local leaders with projects to offer:

  • Modern utility infrastructure
  • Inventory of land and buildings (lead efforts for shovel-ready site certification)
  • Labor force ready to work
  • Business-friendly communities
  • Green and sustainable initiatives
  • Variety of housing opportunities
  • Good roads, public buildings, schools, and parks

Community Partners

We're Ready! Let's Grow