Economic/business development

Collage of several buildings including a factory, a brick building, a stone building on the river.

Rice County is a vibrant region that spans almost 500 square miles in central Minnesota, strategically located just south of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  The county is home to a number of historic towns that have retained and value their sense of tradition, but also actively embrace the future through their desire to grow, attract and retain a wide variety of quality businesses, industries and jobs.

Rice County, in partnership with its communities, works to foster an environment that welcomes economic development as a means to expand the tax base and create quality jobs, benefiting the county as a whole.

Working for growth and opportunity

Some positive attributes of a Rice County location include:

  • Dynamic Workforce - A widely diverse and educated labor pool from a multi-county area.
  • Convenient Global Location  - Close proximity to the Twin Cities and surrounding states with easy access from various transportation routes.
  • World-Class Businesses  - Ideal home to office, retail, industrial, manufacturing and distribution companies.
  • Solid Business Environment - A strong, pro-business culture seeking partnership opportunities.
  • Property Rich  - Expansive land opportunities for development.