Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission

Welcome to the Alexandria Area!

A little about us, the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) is a private non-profit, 501(c) (6) corporation established in 1990 to lead economic development in the region by engaging leaders to grow business and expand the talent base.

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Promoting prosperity and optimizing opportunity in the Alexandria region.

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 Greater Alexandria Area is known as the premier place to call home, build a career, and grow a business. It is a place with leading-edge technology, infrastructure, and unparalleled talent, set within a geographic area of immense natural beauty.

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

We commit to transparency and integrity in all we do.
We embrace the future and new ways of doing business.
We rise to the challenge.
Love of Community
We believe in the power of doing things together.

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.

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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