St. Cloud, Minnesota is located on the banks of the beautiful Mississippi River just 60 miles northwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. As the center of Minnesota′s fastest growing metropolitan area, St. Cloud serves as a commercial hub for over 250,000 people. In addition to our strong economic environment, St. Cloud offers very ample and diverse opportunities in education, recreation and the arts. It is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. St. Cloud′s Downtown has long been the commercial center for Central Minnesota along with a fertile farming industry. It is also the cultural, economic and governmental heart.

Today, local, regional and national developers are fast discovering the district′s potential as an emerging and successful market in housing, entertainment, tourism, hospitality, medical facilities and commerce.

2016 Recognition:

  • Innovation in Planning – Comprehensive Plan – MN American Planning Association
  • Clean Energy Community Award – MN Dept of Commerce
  • Best Tasting Tap Water in MN – American Water Works Association
  • Top Small Town for Eco-Friendly Apartment Living – ApartmentAdvisor.com
  • St. Cloud Fireworks – Best 4th of July 2016 Fireworks Displays in MN
  • Best Place for Teachers (4 of 917 MSAs) – Goodcall.com
  • Munsinger Gardens named MNs Top Outdoor Attraction – OnlyInMinnesota.com
  • St. Cloud Area to host 2017 MN Governor Fishing Opener
  • Top 20 Most Vibrant Arts Community in America (16 of 900 cities) – National Center for Arts Research
  • Best City for Young Entrepreneurs (28 of 181 MSAs) – NerdWallet.com

2015 Recognition:

  • Top 10 Large Metro Area for Law Graduates (8 of 100 MSAs) – GoodCall.com
  • Top Leading Location for Development (87 of 373 MSAs) – AreaDevelopment.com
  • Best Place to Start a Business in Minnesota (76 of 123) – NerdWallet.com
  • Best Small City in America (47 of 1,300 U.S. cities) – NerdWallet.com
  • Best Performing Small City 2014 (26 of 179 U.S. cities and 1st small city in MN) – Milken Institute


The Greater St. Cloud Development Corp is the primary resource for greater St. Cloud.
501 West St. Germain Street, Suite 100
St. Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 259-0300

The GSDC is the vehicle through which business executives, healthcare and education leaders, civic community leaders, local government leaders, partner organizations, and community members come together in guiding efforts towards making the greater St. Cloud region one of the best places to live and work in America.

For information about Downtown, contact our office at (320) 257-8600 or send an email to .

2015 Comprehensive Plan for the City of St. Cloud
To stay connected and engaged throughout the City′s Comprehensive Planning process, go to StCloudPlan.

Downtown Commercial Properties
Former Salvation Army Site
Lady Slipper Lot

Contact , EDA Director, for a free customized market analysis for these or any other property located in the City of St. Cloud.