The adjacent cities of Brainerd and Baxter form the economic hub of the Brainerd Lakes Area. The area has a strong commercial and retail base, and investments in local industrial parks and infrastructure has made the Brainerd/Baxter neighborhood an attractive location for manufacturing, tech and professional services companies. This region is home to the largest workforce in Crow Wing County.
- Growing regional business center and county seat
- Strong support for economic development and job growth
- Educated and skilled workforce; majority of jobs countywide are located here
- Business and industrial parks with Shovel Ready Certified Sites and rail access
- State-of-the-art telecommunications systems, investment in infrastructure
- Regional airport, major transportation corridors, healthcare, college, retail, manufacturing, professional services