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The Greater Brainerd Lakes Area is a vacation destination. But don’t let all the lakes, trees, and golf courses fool you, this area is also a thriving regional business hub. A growing number of companies have realized the many benefits of locating in this area and are working together to energize the community. Come join them!

Why not work where you play?

The Greater Brainerd Lakes Area is one of the fastest growing regions in Minnesota.  Stories abound of corporate employees fleeing the stress of an unbalanced work/home life in favor of a slower pace nestled in nature. With the help and support of the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC), businesses are offering their employees a relaxed atmosphere enhanced by extraordinary natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The Brainerd Lakes Area is the perfect place to expand or relocate a business or start a new venture.

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BLAEDC HAS WORKED TO INVEST OVER $707 MILLION IN CAPITAL INVESTMENTS
INTO 446 PROJECTS CREATING 5,013 JOBS SINCE 1987

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MEMBERSHIP IN BLAEDC IS OPEN TO ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS THE MISSION OF EXPANDING BUSINESS, BUILDING COMMUNITY, AND GROWING JOBS IN CROW WING COUNTY.

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

Thank you to our Executive Sponsors

“BLAEDC has been an integral part of helping connect the dots and identify financial strategies for future business growth and development.”

Aimee Jobe Owner, NP Event Space September 6, 2017

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BLAEDC NEWS

BLAEDC is a non-profit organization providing economic development resources to businesses starting, relocating or expanding in The Brainerd Lakes Area.

May 21, 2019

River to Rail: Brainerd council learns of downtown revitalization opportunities

Downtown parking solutions and tax increment financing districts became the focal points of a presentation on Brainerd’s River to Rail initiative in front of city council […]
March 2, 2018

Community activists gather for city revitalization event

For the community activists packed into the Northern Pacific Center’s Luminary Fern, Monday’s River to Rail event served as a moment to regroup and refocus. Disappointed […]
March 2, 2018

What’s next for Brainerd revitalization efforts?

BAXTER—At an annual economic development gathering Monday, one word was repeated to describe recent events in Brainerd—momentum. Whether Brainerd made it to the final short list […]
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