Learn more about the Brainerd/Baxter area.

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

For information regarding the Brainerd area visit Brainerd Economic Development Authority (EDA).