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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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Leaving a Positive Impression

What is community marketing? It seems like an easy question to answer.  We get marketing messages every day, and yet, when you stop to think about marketing your community, it can be hard to define and move forward with a strategic plan.  Some people may associate marketing with some sort of in your face promotional […]

What’s Coming Up!

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  • Apple Pie Days September 22, 2017
    Join Country Blossom Farm for fall fun and family activities! On top of all the great things at the farm, this special weekend also features: Flashlight Corn Maze (Sept 22), Live Music, Apple Pie Eating Contest, Apple Baking Contest, Clueless the Clown, free samples and more! The post Apple Pie Days appeared first on Alexandria […]
  • Ole-toberfest September 22, 2017
    Join Copper Trail Brewing for an Oktoberfest celebration! The post Ole-toberfest appeared first on Alexandria MN Tourism.
  • Downtown Fall Festival September 22, 2017
    Come Downtown and celebrate fall with fun and shopping! September 21st: Girls Night Out, 4-7pm. Grab the girls and get ready to have some fun in Downtown Alexandria! Super store specials, activities, tastings, drawings and a fashion show! September 21-23: Sidewalk Sales, Scavenger Hunt & more! The post Downtown Fall Festival appeared first on Alexandria MN […]
  • Special Food Events at the Brewery September 22, 2017
    Join Copper Trail Brewery for special food events and food truck visits! Full schedule below: 9/8: 12-8pm – Green Canteen (Food Truck) 9/16: 12-8pm – Green Canteen (Food Truck)   9/22: 12-7pm – Triple Crown serving Booyah (Food – their award winning hearty midwest stew)   9/23: 4:30-7pm – Triple Crown serving Ribs (Food) 9/29: […]
  • “Touch the Sky” Photography Exhibit September 22, 2017
    This special exhibit is on display at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum for the 2017 season. Featuring breathtaking photographs of landscapes and iconic creatures of the American prairie by world-renowned nature photographer and Minnesota native, Jim Brandenburg. This traveling art exhibit from the Bell Museum of Natural History is only on display for the 2017 […]
  • Live Music at Pike & Pint September 22, 2017
    Join Pike & Pint Grill every Thursday night from 7-9pm for great live music! Features local and regional musicians like Michael Shynes, Blonde and the Bohunk, Shane Delaney and more. Pike & Pint also has excellent food and drink to accompany the tunes. For more information on music schedule, click here. The post Live Music at […]
  • Alexandria Farmers Market September 21, 2017
    Located just north of Downtown, on the Central Lakes Trail and nestled on the shores of Lake Agnes, the Alexandria Farmers Market has a wide variety of locally grown produce, cheese, meats, plants and much more! Enjoy the fresh goods of this farmers market 3 times a week in the summer and fall! The post […]
  • Oktoberfest at the Senior Center September 21, 2017
    Celebrate German style with the Senior Center on Thursday, September 21st from 12 pm to 6 pm.  Lake Country Meats is providing the brats and buns; will be serving a delicious brat meal with baked beans, chips, beverage and all the fixins.  Come for lunch or dinner – cost of tickets in advance is just […]
  • Downtown Fall Festival September 21, 2017
    Come Downtown and celebrate fall with fun and shopping! September 21st: Girls Night Out, 4-7pm. Grab the girls and get ready to have some fun in Downtown Alexandria! Super store specials, activities, tastings, drawings and a fashion show! September 21-23: Sidewalk Sales, Scavenger Hunt & more! The post Downtown Fall Festival appeared first on Alexandria MN […]
  • “Touch the Sky” Photography Exhibit September 21, 2017
    This special exhibit is on display at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum for the 2017 season. Featuring breathtaking photographs of landscapes and iconic creatures of the American prairie by world-renowned nature photographer and Minnesota native, Jim Brandenburg. This traveling art exhibit from the Bell Museum of Natural History is only on display for the 2017 […]