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Introduction

Introduction

The Saint Paul/East Metro area (including communities in the counties of Ramsey, Washington and Dakota along with western Wisconsin) is an economically diverse, fast-growing and dynamic region. Part of the burgeoning Twin Cities metropolitan area, the Saint Paul East Metro area is home to more than 1.1 million people and dozens of industry-leading companies like 3M, Medtronic, Ecolab, Travelers, among many others. The area is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live, most recently by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as #2 on its list of the “50 Smart Places to Live.”

“The Twin Cities offer a hip and progressive atmosphere with a midwestern sensibility, multiple cultural outlets, pro teams in all four major sports, a dozen universities and colleges, and a diverse economy.”

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, June 2006

The Twin Cities also boasts one of the most competitive environments for business in the world. According to the new 2007 Development Report Card for the States, released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development, Minnesota has one of the best economic climates in the U.S.

Its friendly and warm character, diverse residents, innovative spirit, quality labor force and focused revitalization efforts make this region a destination place for visitors, prospective residents and businesses.

Xcel Energy Center

It’s no wonder then that so many individuals, families, high-tech leaders, and Fortune 500 companies have chosen to settle in the Saint Paul/East Metro area. Its “big small town” quality of life is conducive to prosperity and fulfillment.

The heart of the region is the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota’s state capital. Commanding a spectacular view up and down the Mississippi River, Saint Paul’s downtown features world headquarters for leading companies like Gander Mountain, Ecolab and Securian, as well as a wide range of housing options and major league entertainment at the Xcel Energy Center (home of the National Hockey League Minnesota Wild and National Lacrosse League Minnesota Swarm).

With leveraging the continued economic growth along the Saint Paul riverfront, the area continues to evolve with additional business development and housing expansions in the suburban and downtown areas. The success of Xcel Energy Center (home of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm), Science Museum of Minnesota, RiverCentre (Saint Paul’s convention and event center), and the thriving arts and entertainment community (anchored by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts) spurs continued economic growth into all communities in the area.

Business, government and residents unite in the Saint Paul/East Metro area to pave the way for continued growth, offering residents high quality housing, job opportunities and an abundance of recreation while embracing the area’s rich history, rivers and lakes. Read on to find out why people are talking about the Saint Paul/East Metro area and discover all the characteristics that make it one of the nation’s best places to start a business and enjoy a high quality of life.

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