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Thinking about a move for you or your family? Consider the Heartland Lakes area.


Quote from someone working in Park Rapids


Tom Thompson
Park Rapids Business Association
Heartland Lakes is not only a great place to vacation, but the area is also an exceptional place to live, work and build a successful business. There are a variety of great jobs, lower energy costs, and a well-developed infrastructure. An enhanced quality of life fuels greater satisfaction and performance.

Jobs & Opportunity


With an increasingly diverse economy, there are a variety of great jobs available. Four of the largest industries are education, health care, manufacturing, and trade, transportation and utilities. In addition, the on-going expansion of fiber internet has created an excellent remote work opportunity.

Expansion & Relocation


The Heartland Lakes area provides companies with a quality workforce pool, opportunities to expand, and among the lowest commercial and industrial tax rates in Minnesota. The area’s high quality of life is supported by affordable housing, highly rated schools and health care, regional-hub shopping, and a variety of art, cultural and culinary attractions.



Business Resources


Heartland Lakes Development Commission (HLDC)

HLDC focuses on existing industry retention, downtown redevelopment, housing, small business development, business recruitment and workforce issues.
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The Hangar

Offers a co-working space with a wide array of services for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and remote workers.
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Rural MN CEP / Career Force

Specializing in workforce development, CEP and Career Force offer a variety of career resources for individuals and provide grants and resources for employers for employee training.
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Small Business Development Center

The SBDC provides professional expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today's competitive and ever-changing business world.
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Park Rapids Revolving Loan Fund

This RLF is a local funding resource for commercial, service, retail, and manufacturing businesses located in the Park Rapids city limits or in an area that is in the process of being annexed.
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Itasca Mantrap Revolving Loan Fund

Itasca Mantrap Electric Cooperative offers fixed asset and working capital financing through an RLF designed to assist businesses and community projects.
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Headwaters Regional Finance Corporation

HRFC provides “gap” financing to new and expanding businesses and supporting and coordinating projects with private lenders and other economic development assistance providers.
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Park Rapids Market Area Profile

This University of Minnesota Extension report is designed to provide new and existing businesses with information to better serve their individual market and business strategies.
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