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Minnesota Ranked 3rd Best State

The U.S. News and World Report ranked Minnesota as the 3rd best state in the nation. The report cites Minnesota’s economic opportunities, education and quality of health care as factors also ranking Minnesota as the #1 state in the region. “This ranking affirms what we already know: we live in one of the very best […]

Livability

Livability and Growth

In 1990, the Commission was created to provide economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses, or by attracting new industry, while ensuring the protection of our natural resources and quality of life.  Twenty-six years later, our organization continues to forge ahead, doing more with less and meeting the demands of our communities and businesses, […]

starting your own business

Want to start your own business…now what?

Estimates vary, but generally more than 625,000 businesses are started each year in the United States. Yet for every American who actually starts a business, there are likely many more who intend to start a business, but don’t. There are many explanations why people don’t take that step into entrepreneurship, but in my experience, there […]

Honoring Carlos Creek Winery

The Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission and the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce had the pleasure of honoring Carlos Creek Winery as the 2016 Business and Industrial Appreciation Day recipient. As we’re wrapping up this year’s event we can’t help but feel pride at having our third highest attendance with 390 community members showing […]

Employment Law, Manufacturing

Area Manufacturing & Development

Manufacturing Week, October 2nd-8th, is designed to showcase Minnesota’s diverse manufacturing and technology industries in order to increase legislative and public awareness of their importance in providing high-wage and high-skilled jobs for our communities. The manufacturing industry is a dynamic segment of Minnesota’s economy, and an integral part of Minnesota’s economic development strategy. Manufacturing has […]

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  • A Hometown Christmas Experience November 30, 2017
    Enjoy unique and festive holiday fun in Downtown Alexandria! Find personalized service and specials in all the locally owned shops! Enjoy holiday festivities and find special gifts for the special people on your holiday lists! The post A Hometown Christmas Experience appeared first on Alexandria MN Tourism.
  • Kids Open Studio Painting :: Art Bar 39 November 26, 2017
    Art Bar 39’s Kids Open Paint Studio every Saturday! No appointments needed, just come in between 10am-10pm. All supplies are provided and they clean up the mess! Every Saturday from 10am-10pm & Sundays 10am-5pm. The post Kids Open Studio Painting :: Art Bar 39 appeared first on Alexandria MN Tourism.
  • Live Music at Carlos Creek Winery November 25, 2017
    Visit Carlos Creek Winery for tons of fun and activities, including great live music! Sip on wine, take a tour, check out the gift shop, pedal or walk through the vineyard and much more! Visit their website for a list of performers. The post Live Music at Carlos Creek Winery appeared first on Alexandria MN […]
  • Kids Open Paint Studio :: Art Bar 39 November 25, 2017
    Art Bar 39’s Kids Open Paint Studio every Saturday! No appointments needed, just come in between 10am-10pm. All supplies are provided and they clean up the mess! The post Kids Open Paint Studio :: Art Bar 39 appeared first on Alexandria MN Tourism.
  • Christmas at the Fort & Lighting Ceremony 2017 November 24, 2017
    Don’t miss Christmas at the Fort and Light Up Broadway, Alexandria’s holiday kickoff celebration! Enjoy Dickensian carolers, local children’s choirs, Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot cider and music. Also enjoy the Parade of Trees featuring beautifully decorated trees by area businesses! At dusk Santa and Mrs. Claus flip the switch to light up the entire […]
  • Kids Open Studio Painting :: Art Bar 39 November 19, 2017
    Art Bar 39’s Kids Open Paint Studio every Saturday! No appointments needed, just come in between 10am-10pm. All supplies are provided and they clean up the mess! Every Saturday from 10am-10pm & Sundays 10am-5pm. The post Kids Open Studio Painting :: Art Bar 39 appeared first on Alexandria MN Tourism.
  • Wild Game Dinner November 19, 2017
    Join La Ferme for this special dinner event. Take a trip on the Wild Side with 5 Courses of Wild Game, with Chef Matthew as your flavor tour guide. Wine pairings will be served with each Course along with detailed information shared by our guest wine expert! $95/person The post Wild Game Dinner appeared first on […]
  • Wild Game Five Course Dinner November 19, 2017
    This multi-course dinner will showcase local wild game, as hunters all round are enjoying the bounty of their hunt. Chef Matthew will create 5 courses of wild game, which will be paired with 5 delicious wines. Go wild with LA FERME for Wild Game this year! To reserve your spot, call 320-846-0777 or stop by […]
  • Live Music at Carlos Creek Winery November 18, 2017
    Visit Carlos Creek Winery for tons of fun and activities, including great live music! Sip on wine, take a tour, check out the gift shop, pedal or walk through the vineyard and much more! Visit their website for a list of performers. The post Live Music at Carlos Creek Winery appeared first on Alexandria MN […]
  • Kids Open Paint Studio :: Art Bar 39 November 18, 2017
    Art Bar 39’s Kids Open Paint Studio every Saturday! No appointments needed, just come in between 10am-10pm. All supplies are provided and they clean up the mess! The post Kids Open Paint Studio :: Art Bar 39 appeared first on Alexandria MN Tourism.