Grand Rapids, a community of 11,000 residents with a market draw of more than 75,000 people, is located at the region’s retail trade, health care, education and cultural center.
Grand Rapids is home to UPM Blandin Paper Company, ASV Inc., several state educational and governmental agencies, and is the site of county government operations. In addition to its many business and industrial assets, residents enjoy an enormous number of world-class amenities such as a performing arts center, civic center, a new regional library, recreational facilities and YMCA. A new middle school, and new college campus buildings are recent additions to the community, and a major new health care campus is also underway.
Grand Rapids has a rich history of tourism, forestry and natural resource-based industry. Residents value the high quality of life of the community and the natural beauty of the Mississippi River and the more than 1,000 lakes and waterways in the county.
The Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority (GREDA), supported by the Community Development Department of Grand Rapids, is the official decision making body of the City for matters pertaining to economic development. The GREDA, through its programs and initiatives, takes an active role in attracting new businesses to the community, retaining existing businesses, assisting businesses with expansion, and enabling the rehabilitation and/or redevelopment of areas within the community.