Our Alexandria and Douglas County community is ever growing and expanding, and this last year was no exception. Alexandria, Minnesota was ranked in the 2016 Top Micropolitans in the United States for new or expanding facilities by Site Selection Magazine. The magazine has been ranking communities since 1988, and ranked 575 of the nation’s micropolitan areas this year. Alexandria was ranked number one for the state of Minnesota, and tied for fifty-one in the nation, based upon the number of qualifying business construction or expansion projects in 2016.
“The Alexandria area is proud to be ranked in the top micropolitans in the U.S. again this year, and as the #1 micropolitan in Minnesota,” said Nicole Fernholz, Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission Director.
The Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission was able to submit three projects that met Site Selections qualifications. Knute Nelson’s 195,000 square foot expansion, Stone Manor’s 140,000 square foot housing complex and Beverage Wholesalers 61,000 square foot warehouse.
The micropolitan statistical area (MSA) is defined as one or more adjacent counties that have at least one urban core area of between 10,000 to 50,000, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties.
Qualifying projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Project cost (at least $1 million)
- Number of new jobs created (at least 50)
- New square footage (at least 20,000)