What makes the Alexandria Area Special?


Lakes Country Television recently filmed a feature focusing on the Alexandria Area and the accolades we've received:

                 #1 Fastest growing micropolitan in Minnesota
                 Rated #6 as the  fastest growing micropolitan in the nation
                 Awarded as the #7 best small town in America


See the feature here.


  Jefferson High School Redevelopment


The AAEDC along with the LAEDA is working on acquiring the funding necessary to purchase the 44-acre Jefferson High School site. 


A feasibility study compared the costs of renovating and reusing the JHS structure versus razing it and moving ahead with new construction. If purchased, the property could become a campus-like setting for future medical and manufacturing business, education and training opportunities.


The LAEDA is asking for $2.9 million - $2 million for the property acquisition and $900,000 for building demolition and abatement.


The funding request was included in Senate File 2457 introduced by State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) and House File 2641 by State Representative Mary Franson (R-Alexandria).


Sen. Ingebrigtsen noted, “This regional property would lead to growth in the medical, education industries and training opportunities due to the enhanced services that would be available.”


Rep. Franson said, “Because of this project, Minnesotans from across the state will look at our community as a world-class destination for technical education, workforce training, manufacturing and economic development.”


To offer your support for this project, please contact your local representatives.


LAEDA Purchases Industrial Land

The Lakes Area Economic Development Authority recently acquired 14.79 acres of land at the southern end of Minnesota Street. The land was purchased from American National Bank for $519,257 and includes 11 parcels that are zoned for industrial or light manufacturing uses.


The lots are available for sale at a price ranging from 90 cents a square foot to $1.10. Each lot ranges in size from 0.5 acres to 2.62 and are considered "shovel ready" with complete infrastructure, including water, sewer and telecommunications.


See here for more information on the size and pricing of the lots. Contact Jason Murray for purchase information.


 Dana Bernardy joins AAEDC



The Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) announces that Dana Bernardy has recently joined the organization in the role of Community & Workforce Development Coordinator.


Bernardy is a longtime resident of the Alexandria area. She will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge in her role as she works with local units of government and businesses as it relates to community and workforce development. She will play a vital role in the organization’s efforts and initiatives throughout Douglas County.




 FORCE America Breaks Ground


FORCE America, an employee-owned company and leading supplier of systems and components for highway trucks and other mobile markets broke ground on their new facility in the Industrial Park on Iowa Avenue on Wednesday, August 14.


Numerous community members and city officials attended the ceremony to offer their congratulations and appreciation to the company for their desire to build in our community . Following the groundbreaking, attendees were treated to a tour of FORCE America's current building that they have outgrown.

Construction will soon start on their 45,000 square foot expansion. This $5 million expansion is expected to create 12 new jobs over two years, with pay ranging from $11.02 per hour to $26 per hour.

The facility will house a FORCE America valve division with its subsidiary, VariTech Industries, remaining at its current site.