Location and Expansion Assistance

Whether you're looking to expand an existing business, relocate from another state, or need regulatory and permitting guidance for a complex startup, expansion or relocation, our consultants have the right background, information, and connections to other state and local agencies to help turn your plans to reality.

Business Development Specialists

Our business development specialists are stationed in the Twin Cities metro area and key regions throughout the state. They work closely with companies of all types to help them locate and expand in communities throughout Minnesota.

Our clients include:

  • Companies doing business in Minnesota
  • Industry professional and trade organizations
  • Out-of-state companies considering expansion in Minnesota
  • Government agencies at all levels
  • Local development organizations


Contact our Business Development Office at 651-259-7432 or email economic.development@state.mn.us.

Find a Business Development Specialist in Your Region

Northwest Region

Counties

Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau

Contact

Kari Howe

Telephone

218-766-5282 or 800-417-7736

Email

Kari.Howe@state.mn.us

Northeast Region

Counties

Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Cook, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Pine, St. Louis

Contact

Heather Rand

Telephone

218-302-8408 or 888-345-4528

Email

Heather.Rand@state.mn.us

West Central Region

Counties

Becker, Benton, Clay, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin, Wright

Contact

Brad Brzezinski

Telephone

218-310-7757 or 800-417-7736

Email

Bradley.Brzezinski@state.mn.us

Southwest Region

Counties

Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine

Contact

Lisa Hughes

Telephone

507-389-6779

Email

Lisa.Hughes@state.mn.us

Southeast Region

Counties

Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona

Contact

Kevin Kelleher

Telephone

507-453-2926 or 888-438-5627

Email

Kevin.Kelleher@state.mn.us

Twin Cities Metro Region

Counties

Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington

Contact

Jim Gromberg

Telephone

651-259-7436 or 800-657-3858

Email

Jim.Gromberg@state.mn.us


Industry Specialists

Industry Specialists focus their expertise on businesses in these targeted industries and sectors. In addition to providing business consultation services, industry specialists market Minnesota as a prime location for business startups, expansions and relocations. They provide information on markets, technologies, buildings and sites, transportation and other Minnesota advantages.

Biosciences and Medical Devices

Contact Sarah Walbert at 651-259-7442 or 800-657-3858.

Wind Industry Specialist

Contact Lisa Hughes at 507-389-6779.

Data Centers Industry Specialist

Contact Jim Gromberg at 651-259-7436.