Alexandria Area Leading Industry Clusters

The Alexandria/Douglas County Area is home to a variety of industry clusters that make up a well-balanced economic environment. The strong local economy in combination with a skilled workforce, attractive natural environment, and exceptional transportation accessibility continues to encourage growth throughout the region. Major industry clusters include manufacturing, healthcare, professional service, education, tourism, and retail employ approximately 17,000 people throughout Douglas County.

 

Major industry clusters within the Douglas County region include:

Manufacturing

The Alexandria/Douglas County region is home to a variety of manufacturing companies that provide products and services to clients across the country and around the world. Areas of specialty include: Packaging equipment manufacturing, automation/motion control, aluminum extrusion, plastic molding, food product manufacturing, welding, machining, painting/plating and many more. Local manufacturing companies employ individuals from throughout the region, drawing a significant portion of their workforce from outside of the Douglas County area. To access additional information on the area’s manufacturing companies, click here.

 

Healthcare

Alexandria area health care providers serve approximately 150,000 people from throughout west central Minnesota. Primary and general care, along with a wide variety of elective procedures and specialty care options available right in the Alexandria area provide options that are close to home for residents, and draws patients into Alexandria from throughout the region. In addition, the area offers a wide variety of dental, chiropractic, natural/homeopathic, and long-term & senior care options. As Alexandria’s largest medical facility, Douglas County Hospital has been identified twice as one of the nation’s Top 100 hospitals (2002 and 2008), and was ranked as #1 in the state for joint replacement by CareChex Hospital Ratings for 2011.

Major area healthcare providers include:

Professional Service

Legal, financial, transportation, distribution, construction, wholesaling, insurance, and other professional service companies call the Alexandria/Douglas County area home and provide services to residents and visitors.

 

Education

Early education, K-12, higher education, and adult continuing education – including public and private opportunities are available throughout the Douglas County area. Public school districts primarily located within Douglas County include:

Alexandria Technical & Community College is located in Alexandria and known throughout the country for its cutting edge programs and highly trained graduates. For more information on ATCC, go to www.alextech.edu.

 

Tourism

For decades the Alexandria/Douglas County area has been known for its excellent natural resources – including lakes, rivers, forests, and prairies. The local tourism industry was one of the original industries of the area and remains strong today. The area is one of the top fishing destinations in Minnesota with continual efforts underway to provide more opportunities to catch a wide variety of fish species (including trophy walleyes) from Douglas County’s 300+ lakes. Tourist accommodations are provided by a variety of resorts, campgrounds, bed & breakfasts, hotels, and motels throughout the area. For more information on tourism in the Alexandria area, go to www.alexandriamn.org or www.ExploreAlex.com.

 

Retail

The strength of Alexandria/Douglas County’s diverse retail marketplace is directly connected to the regional draw of its other industry clusters. Regional customers utilize local retail opportunities on the way to or from work, in connection with the use of local medical and professional services, or because of their connection to local educational opportunities. In addition, regional tourists bring a significant amount of purchasing power to the community. Due to this strong regional and tourist retail support, Alexandria has held on of the highest per capital taxable retail sales amounts of any city in Minnesota for a number of years. For more information on the Alexandria/Douglas County retail sales strength, click here.