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As part of one of the fastest-growing counties in Minnesota, the SouthWest Metro is a place that is proven to be conducive to economic prosperity. Its location puts it just around the corner from major markets in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and with recent highway extensions and improvements, the area is now capable of reaching markets across the Midwest and beyond. This integral asset is coupled with the area’s high quality of life, which is enhanced by its access to exceptional educational institutions, outstanding medical care and plenty of cultural and recreational outlets.The communities of the SouthWest Metro are filled with an assortment of businesses. Downtown districts and commercial corridors provide ample opportunities for retail, restaurant, professional and office development, while other areas are set aside for industrial business space. Chaska is home to a growing bioscience industry, with three of the top 25 bioscience businesses in the state located here. Plus, 19 of the top 50 biotech/medical technology firms in the state can be found in the southwest suburbs.

The 800-acre Chaska BioTech Center, an excellent corporate/industrial park, offers unique options for bio-based companies. The park abuts the newly expanded State Highway 212, which provides access to I-494 and connections to sites throughout the Twin Cities area. Businesses locating to the BioTech Center have access to Chaska’s burgeoning bioscience industries, as well as competitive land costs and excellent incentive packages for those who are eligible.

The area is fortunate to have the support of many business-centered organizations, which have instilled a pro-business attitude in the region. The SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce is a leading resource for local businesses. The Chamber is an advocate of business, an informational clearinghouse and an active supporter of economic growth and success in the SouthWest Metro. Among the unmatched benefits to membership are business referrals, networking opportunities, marketing and advertisement, professional and educational growth through workshops and programs, and much more.

Another integral resource in the area is the Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA). The CDA is an organization with a mission to provide affordable and quality housing opportunities and support community and economic development throughout Carver County. The CDA assists with securing and managing grants and loans, finding optimal business sites and obtaining financing for the development of commercial/industrial land, among other services. The group also helps acquire various incentives for businesses looking to relocate and/or expand in the county.

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