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Key Industries:

Manufacturing and Technology

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Greater MSP makes innovation happen

Recently ranked as the sixth most inventive metro area worldwide, Greater MSP hosts four vibrant sectors within the innovation and technology industry. Read about these industry sectors below.

Research + Development

Welcome to the land of 100,000 patents. Top companies including Medtronic, 3M and Cargill — along with the University of Minnesota, a top 10 research university — make this a market teeming with great ideas. Minnesota also offers a research and development tax credit to help businesses thrive.


Advanced Manufacturing

Minnesota has a long history of national defense contributions, with nearly $2 billion in Department of Defense contracts. The state ranks 15th in plastic industry employment, and eighth in workforce health and safety.


Energy + Renewables

Minnesota is committed to helping clean tech companies grow — and we already have a strongly established base, with over 52,000 workers in renewable energy, green services and environmental conservation.


Data Centers

A vast number of major companies — including Securian, Wells Fargo, Time Warner, CenturyLink and many more — have established data centers in Greater MSP. The region boasts robust incentives, one of the most accessible fiber networks in the country, and several co-location options that make expansion even more affordable.