"We located in the Brainerd Lakes Area
because of the quality workforce, an established fiber optic network and infrastructure system,
and the high quality of life."

— Joe Cassioppi, Project Coordinator, New York Mint

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A high-tech connection to the world

Technological advances continue to make it easier for companies to be connected to nearly every corner of the world. With the Internet and today's technology, it's never been easier to do business globally, which is good news for companies that are looking for a new location. A market like the Brainerd Lakes Area, which combines a high-tech infrastructure, a strong workforce, affordable operational costs, and an outstanding quality of life, is an excellent choice.  

Pieces are in place for tech companies

The Brainerd Lakes Area has all the pieces in place for technology companies locating here. A new fiber optics ring in Brainerd and Baxter (with spurs planned for other key areas) supports nearly unlimited data transmission with simple end-point electronics upgrades. Several existing properties have characteristics to support technology companies, and shovel-ready sites in the area's industrial parks are ideal for new construction. The workforce here is skilled, loyal, educated and hardworking, and the average wages typically are significantly lower than other parts of the state, especially in the Twin Cities. Employees here have access to technology-related educational opportunities through Central Lakes College.

Average Weekly Wage by Industry
  Companies Employees  Crow Wing MN US 
All Industries 2,084  28,237 $678 $992 $988
Professional and Business Services
251 2,120 $770 $1,381 NA
Financial Activities  203  1,513  $905  $1,627      NA
Information 28 582   $938  $1,303      NA
Source:Minnesota Dept of Employment Development& Economic, 2014 Annual Data
Updated: June, 2015

Average Hourly Wage by Occupation
Occupation Average Hourly Wage
Equipment Install/Repair
Line Install/Repair $36.07
Sales Representative $22.42
Customer Service Representative   $17.54
Source: Wage Annual Data, 2014 Region Five EDR (MN DEED, OES)
Updated: June, 2015

Major technology companies already call this area home

The Brainerd Lakes Area is already home to a growing number of technology companies, some of which do business internationally. Ascensus, which provides employers and financial institutions throughout the country with financial plan services, is the largest technology company in the Brainerd Lakes Area, employing 497 people. Minnesota Care and Microtech/ChamberMaster are other major technology employers, along with Landis + Gyr, Consolidated Telecommunications Co., and more.

Your first step: Contact BLAEDC today

If you're considering the Brainerd Lakes Area as a location for a technology business, or you're thinking of expanding here, your first call should be to the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation. Let us help you get started. We're ready. Let's grow!

Major Tech Services Employers, Crow Wing County
Ascensus 500 
Minnesota Care  93 
TDS Telecom 75 
ChamberMaster  45 
Ideal System Solutions  12 
Source: BLAEDC Research, November, 2013


Unique Tech Services Property

Property Name: Johnson Office Building 
Location: 7651 Universal Road, Baxter
Facility Type: Office Space, Tech Center
Total Sq. Ft.: 13,500
Lot Size: 60+ parking
Unique Features: 1,500-square-foot server room with raised floor, AC/humidity control and 25,000KW generator
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Tech Salaries Take Biggest Jump in a Decade
Date: 1/29/2013  Source: Fox News
Fiber optic network moves through Brainerd
Date: 9/21/2012  Source: Brainerd Dispatch
Glynlyon poised to grow and add staff in Nisswa
Date: 5/20/2012  Source: Brainerd Dispatch
Deerwood Technologies, Inc. Among BEST 100 COMPANIES TO WORK FOR
Date: 4/23/2012  Source: Minnnesota Business Magazine
Crosslake's New York Mint is all about money
Date: 3/13/2012  Source: Brainerd Dispatch
CROW WING COUNTY BOARD: Technology proposal approved
Date: 7/26/2011  Source: Brainerd Dispatch
Toshiba to buy Landis+Gyr for $2.3 billion
Date: 5/20/2011  Source: Brainerd Dispatch
HELP WANTED: High-tech employees
Date: 10/23/2010  Source: Brainerd Dispatch

New York Mint
Drive by New York Mint's Crosslake office and you'd never know it's home to a thriving company that is all about money: buying it, selling it and, at the end of the week, sending a lot of it home with its employees.
Ideal System Solutions, Inc.
Founded in 1997, Ideal System Solutions, Inc., has become a trusted technology advisor to government, education and commercial organizations nationwide by providing "best-in-class" IT solutions, technology products, professional services and enterprise solutions to meet our customer's dynamic business and infrastructure objectives. Ideal's professional sales and technical teams provide our clients with a broad range of innovative solutions and services to improve the overall performance and efficiency of the computing and data center, while optimizing technology investments.