The City of Isanti Economic Development Authority meets monthly on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. or immediately following the 1st regularly scheduled City Council Meeting of the month in the City Council Chambers.
Shovel Ready Certification - The City of Isanti is proud to announce that it received Minnesota Shovel Ready Certification for the lots in its Commercial/Industrial Business Park. A list of shovel ready sites can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Business Retention & Expansion - It is our belief that one of Isanti's best sources of economic growth and development is within our existing companies. Consequently, our Mayor and Economic Development Director have been visiting our local companies to build & maintain strong relationships with them. During these visits our main goal is to identify ways that we can help our local companies be successful and grow.
Industrial Park Development - To promote the continued economic growth of the city, the City of Isanti EDA works to ensure that we have industrial park and building space readily available. We have industrial land with City water, City sewer, small utilities, the best access of an industrial park to TH 65 anywhere in the County and great access to CSAH 5 and Interstate 35. Attainment of Shovel Ready Certification has removed hurdles that can delay projects. Isanti is positioned to be able to move your project from start to finish quicker than other communities that do not have Shovel Ready Certification. The BNSF railroad is adjacent to the industrial park giving more options for the transportation needs of the industrial users.
Rail Served Industrial Park- The City of Isanti partnered with Isanti County of a feasibility study for a rail served industrial park. The results of the study named the City of Isanti site as the "best" site in Isanti County. Being outside of the metro area has its advantages for grant opportunities relating to infrastructure installation that metro communites do not have. If you would like to learn more about this excellent opportunity please view the Market and Feasibility Report provided by rail industry expert Charles McSwain.
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Business Recruitment - The City of Isanti EDA is working to bring additional business and industry to our community. The EDA as developed an "Invest In Isanti" brochure that includes information for our available industrial lots and other local facts. In addition, we provide technical and financial assistance for new companies just getting started. We have information readily available to interested businesses to help them be successful in our community. In 2016, the City of Isanti received the Business Recruitment Award from the Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) for the recruitment and relocation of SnoBear USA from Fargo, North Dakota.
Financial Assistance - Financing is the single most important ingredient of economic development. The City of Isanti EDA has put-together a "toolbox" of information for the business person. Information from "gap" financing programs; Tax Increment Financing for Industrial Businesses; delaying of SAC & WAC fees; and information from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Initiative Foundation, the East Central Regional Development Commission, and so on. We have gathered all the information so our businessperson can do what they do best - run their business!
Downtown Development - A strong downtown is the key to a strong community. A lot of our efforts therefore are geared towards maintaining and strengthening Main Street Isanti. Recent Downtown projects include: Isanti Retail Meats, Isanti Bicyle Repair Expansion, Federated Co-op grain elevator demolition and construction of new store; relocation of the Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce. The US Post Office is also located downtown to accommodate your business and personal needs. Long standing businesses such as the Creamery Crossing restaurant, Isanti Family Pathways and Isanti Custom Meats anchor this area of Historic Isanti. In 2013 the City of Isanti re-implemented the Isanti Family Farmers Market and summer street dances.
Technical Assistance - The City of Isanti EDA is the first point of contact for all local, regional, State and Federal business resources and information. We assist with everything from helping entrepreneurs formulate and refine their initial business plans to project financing by referrals to the Small Business Development Corporation, location assistance, labor resources, demographics and so forth. If there is a way we can help, we'll do it!
This web site is intended to be the ultimate "one-stop-shop" for businesses and individuals seeking information about economic development opportunities in the City of Isanti. Here are some "Helpful Links" to help you learn more about what Isanti has to offer and to provide some useful information:
Organizational Information -The City of Isanti Economic Development Authority (EDA) is a recommendation Board to the City Council. The EDA is engaged in the promotion and coordination the development, expansion and relocation of businesses of our Community working to achieve the City Councils Goals of: Increasing Commercial/Industrial Tax Base, Implementing EDA Marketing Plan & Increasing Quality Job Opportunities and for Isanti Residents.
2017 EDA Commissioners
George Wimmer (Council Representative)
Dan Collison (Council Representative)
Ross Lorinser (Council Representative)
Steve Lundeen (Council Representative)
Paul Bergley (Council Representative)
Tara Hallberg (Term expiration 12-31-2018)
Vacant (Term expiration 12-31-2020)
Economic Development Staff
Economic Development Director
110 First Avenue NW, PO Box 428
Isanti, MN 55040
Office Phone: 763.444.5512
Mobile Phone: 763.807.4339