Everything you need to know 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.

How Can BLAEDC Help Your Business?



  • Local Government Introductions
  • Permitting Processes
  • Facilitation of Resources and Connections


Sites & Facility

  • Existing Buildings
  • Shovel Ready Sites
  • Vacant Land



  • Mentoring and Counseling
  • Rent-A-Board
  • Business Planning



  • Banking Institutions
  • ED Programs
  • BLAEDC Unified Fund



  • Recruitment Program
  • Spousal Placement
  • Support of Community Workforce Efforts


Area Data
& Marketing Info

  • Demographics
  • Video and Brochures
  • Growth Trends

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 1987, 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 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.

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