With its progressive, open-minded approach to economic development, Oakdale has earned a reputation for being "bent on growth." In 1999, it led the entire Twin Cities area in total manufacturing job growth.

Oakdale prides itself on its "no red tape" approach to development and provides businesses a variety of creative financing options. Conveniently located 7 miles east of St. Paul along I-94 and I-694, it offers numerous sites for industrial, commercial, and retail development. Some of the firms already located here are Imation, USP Hotel Services, Classic Manufacturing Inc., and Mo-Tech Corp.

With three colleges nearby, Oakdale offers an excellent pool of skilled and semiskilled workers. In fact, the city has received national recognition for its highly skilled yet affordable workforce.

This city of 26,000 boasts the eighth highest median income in the United States, handsome residential neighborhoods interspersed with lush wooded areas and lakes, and more than 400 acres of city park land. Recreational offerings include golf courses, a nature center, a band shell for outdoor concerts, an ice arena, and beautiful Tanner’s Lake.graphic

In Oakdale, one of the primary goals is ensuring that growth is orderly, meeting not just the needs of current residents, but those of the residents to come. This community cares about work, community, and family - and it shows.


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