#1 FASTEST GROWING MICROPOLITAN IN MINNESOTA

-Site Selection Magazine

#10 BEST PLACES TO START A BUSINESS IN MINNESOTA

-Consumer Finance NerdWallet

CITY OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

-The League of Minnesota Cities

#6 FASTEST GROWING MICROPOLITAN IN THE NATION

-Site Selection Magazine

Starting A Business?

Cultivating and supporting an entrepreneurial spirit is what the Alexandria area is about. Many of the area businesses and companies were started right here. We know how to help hard working people with great innovation and ideas.

Want to Stay & Expand?

Our area is home to many diverse industries from Manufacturing, Healthcare, Service, Tourism, and Retail to name a few. The companies here have found that our area offers a balance not only for their business but for their lives and families. So, with all the Alexandria area has to offer it’s no wonder once you come here you don’t want to leave.

Centrally Located

Located in the heart of West Central Minnesota with access to the great plains region of the U.S. The area has a central location supported by two State Highways running both north/south & east/west. This system works in combination with I-94 to provide a first class transportation network throughout the region. Also, the Alexandria Municipal Airport helps local business by allowing corporate jets to fly in for locally hosted meetings and events.

Average Commute

The average commute time for workers in the area is 18.3 minutes – lower than the Minnesota average of 23 minutes.

Pull Factor

Based upon 2013 retail sales data by the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the City of Alexandria has a pull factor of 3.04. This number indicates that retail sales within the City of Alexandria area nearly 277% higher than the per capital average rate as the state of Minnesota. Alexandria has one of the highest pull factors in the state, and ranks in the top 3 in any category.

Drawing Workforce

Local businesses draw approximately 17,573 from throughout the region to work within the Alexandria area. The area residents make up 63.7% of the workforce, while the remaining workers come from surrounding counties making us a net importer of labor – bringing in more workers than it sends out.