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Center Cities


Minneapolis and Saint Paul celebrate our companies and welcome you to our center cities. Here you will find a pro-business climate, an outstanding tech community, and a dynamic bio-ag industry. Our med-tech corridor thrives as a home to more than 17 universities and colleges, a skilled labor market and many "Made in MN" products.



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Launched in early 2017, the Center Cities Competitiveness Initiative is a coalition of the Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Regional Chambers of Commerce, the Saint Paul Port Authority, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, and the GREATER MSP Partnership to accelerate job growth and capital investment in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. With a priority focus on North and Northeast Minneapolis and Saint Paul's East Side and Midway areas, the coalition is working to build and sustain prosperity through economic development. 


Partners are collaborating to:

  • Capitalize on the unique brand and capabilities of each city to attract talent and investment, targeting specific sectors of opportunity
  • Increase the inventory of sites available and ready for development
  • Close more deals that increase job creation and capital investment

Get to know Greater MSP.

To find out more about how your business can tap the potential of our dynamic neighborhoods, contact Matt Lewis today.

North Minneapolis

Home to Coloplast US, Knock, Eyebobs, Premier Precision Group

  • Close proximity to- but lower investment and expense than- Minneapolis central business district
  • Convenient freeway and rail access
  • Available labor force and transportation/commuting options
  • Financial incentives

East Saint Paul

Home to HealthPartners Neurosciences Center, Moventas, Gerdau Ameristeel

  • Close proximity to MSP International Airport and downtown St. Paul
  • Convenient freeway access
  • Availability of industrially zoned sites 
  • Qualified labor force and transportation/commuting options
  • Financial incentives 

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