Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission

Welcome to the Alexandria Area!

A little about us, the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) is a non-profit, 501(c) (6) corporation and was established in 1990 by the City of Alexandria as a result of the Star City Program.

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Provide regional leadership in a collaborative effort to facilitate job growth.

We do this with support from the Lakes Area Economic Development Authority (LAEDA) by providing fair and equitable resources. Through joint strategic planning processes between the AAEDC and the LAEDA, core initiatives and strategies are defined to develop a shared vision of the future and to identify goals and objectives against which progress toward achieving that vision can be measured.

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The Alexandria Area is a regional center sustaining a vibrant, growing economy that is attractive to businesses and to a capable, productive workforce.

To ensure long-term vitality for economic development efforts in the Alexandria Area, the AAEDC sought legislative authority and received approval in 2003, to create the Lakes Area Economic Development Authority (LAEDA). The LAEDA model is the first of its kind in Minnesota to bring together communities and townships under a formal structure with designated EDA powers.

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Core Values

  • Stewardship
  • Trust
  • Regional Collaboration
  • Teamwork
  • Respect
  • Financial Accountability
  • Innovation

Key Areas of Service

Business Planning

Business planning assistance is tailored specifically to the individual's or businesses needs.

Financial Incentives

Business startup and growth projects, some of which can be supported through incentive programs.

Demographic Information

The AAEDC strives to be a demographics, statistics, and information clearing house for our area.

Financial Packaging

As a part of business planning, the AAEDC can help to create and analyze financial projections.

Site Selection Assistance

To assist area commercial property the AAEDC maintains two supplemental property listings.

Workforce Development

In partnership with area schools and technical college the AAEDC works to develop our area future workforce.

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