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Cottage Grove , Minnesota
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Cottage Grove is ideally located for accommodating industry, and for maintaining prosperous commercial and residential districts. The Twin Cities and all they have to offer are only a 15 mile drive to the northwest. The recreational opportunities within Cottage Grove are endless. From golf courses, to shopping, to area parks or swimming pools, there are many ways to relax in Cottage Grove. Please go to http://www.cottage-grove.org/project_updates_commercial.htm to see all current Retail and Development opportunities in the City of Cottage Grove.

County: Washington Picture
Region: East Twin Cities Metro
Distance from Minneapolis: 15
Distance from nearest MSA*: 0 Miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA
US Congressional District: 2
MN Legislative District(s): 57A57B ..
Web site: www.cottage-grove.org
Last Updated: 3/4/2008
Area 2006 Estimate 2005 Estimate 2000 Census 1990 Census
Community: 33,529 33,179 30,582 22,935
County: 228,103 224,857 201,130 145,858
Nearest MSA: 3,229,615 3,207,067 2,968,806 2,538,776
Minnesota: 5,231,106 5,205,091 4,919,479 4,375,099
Source: U.S. Census, State Demographer * Metropolitan Statistical Area

Major Employers
Employer NAICS Products/Services Employee Count
School District 833 6111 Elementary & Secondary Schools 1,081
3M Cottage Grove 3252 Resin, Synth. Rubber & Art. Synth. Fibers & Fil. Mfg. 1,000
Up North Plastics Inc 3259 Other Chemical Product & Prep. Mfg. 280
Renewal by Andersen 3219 Other Wood Product Manufacturing 250
Target 4521 Department Stores 212
Cub Foods 4451 Grocery Stores 208
Commercial Carriers Inc 4841 General Freight Trucking 200
Menard's 4441 Building Material & Supplies Dealers 200
Rainbow Foods 4451 Grocery Stores 200
Aggregate Industries 2123 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining & Quarrying 165
Allina Medical Clinic 6211 Offices of Physicians 125
City of Cottage Grove 9211 Executive, Legislative, & Other Gen. Govt. Support 120
Werner Electric Supply Minnesota 423610 Electrical Apparatus & Equip., Wiring Supplies, & Related Equip. 100
Advance Corporation 2389 Other Specialty Trade Contractors 90
American AGCO 3111 Animal Food Manufacturing 40
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Washington County Metro Council (11)
Econ Dev Region
Total Employment 124,419 1,546,310
Available Workforce 129,572 1,613,159
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 4.1%
Source: DEED - Labor Market Information: LAUS Annual Average 2007


Employment By Industry
Washington County Metro Council (11)
Econ Dev Region
Natural Resources and Mining 740 3,604  
Construction 4,102 72,074  
Manufacturing 10,553 185,281  
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 15,616 311,035  
Information 648 40,529  
Financial Activities 4,906 137,233  
Professional and Business Services 6,318 252,889  
Education and Health Services 8,439 213,829  
Leisure and Hospitality 11,039 147,630  
Other Services 2,335 55,407  
Government 9,789 196,090  
  N/A - No Data Available
Source: DEED - Labor Market Information: CEW Annual Data 2006


Occupations and Wages in Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
Job Title Wage/Hr
Architecture and Engineering Occupations $30.74
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations $22.26
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations $11.95
Business and Financial Operations Occupations $27.08
Community and Social Services Occupations $19.29
Computer and Mathematical Occupations $34.58
Construction and Extraction Occupations $27.45
Education, Training, and Library Occupations $20.53
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations $11.28
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations $9.44
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations $30.44
Job Title Wage/Hr
Healthcare Support Occupations $14.26
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations $21.84
Legal Occupations $38.98
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations $29.64
Management Occupations $47.15
Office and Administrative Support Occupations $16.40
Personal Care and Service Occupations $11.37
Production Occupations $16.22
Protective Service Occupations $16.70
Sales and Related Occupations $14.22
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations $14.98
View All Occupations and Wages


Source: DEED - Labor Market Information: OES Fourth Quarter, 2007


Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone Contact Contact Phone
Electricity  Xcel Energy   651-458-5106  Sue Gille  651-458-5106 
Natural Gas  Xcel Energy   651-458-1243  Doug Christenson  651-458-1243 
Wastewater  Metropolitan Council Environmental Svc   651-602-1140  Jeff Syme  651-602-1109 
Water  Cottage Grove Public Works   651-458-2800  Harold Taylor  651-458-2853 

Water Information
Water Source: Wells
Storage Capacity: 5,650,000 gal.
Pumping Capacity: 12,361 gal./minute
Average Demand: 4,300,000 gal./day
Peak Demand: 14,000,000 gal./day
Total Water Hardness: 300 ppm
Industrial Water Rate: $1.50/month. <15,000=$1.50, 15-30=1.85, >30=$2.05
Wastewater Information
Treatment Type: Mechanical Plant
Capacity of Plant: 22,500,000 gal./day
Average Flow: 10,000,000 gal./day
Peak Flow: 15,000,000 gal./day
Usage Charge: $1.50/month base chg. <15,000=$2.55, >15,000=$2.75

Telephone Information
Local Telephone Company: Qwest Communications
Telephone Number: (800) 603-6000
Contact: Dave Fidelman
Telephone Number: 763-582-5602
Digital Central Switch: Yes
Equal Access Market: Yes
Extended Area Service: Yes
Custom Calling Feautures: Yes
Customized Local Area Services: Yes
Current Technologies: ISDN, Fiber Optics
Internet Service
Local Public Internet Access Site: No
Multiple Internet Service Providers: No
Speed of Service:
DEED Certification as E-Commerce Ready: No
Cable TV Information
Local Company: MediaOne
Telephone: 651-222-3333
Newspapers Information
Newspaper Name Telephone Frequency
Minneapolis Star Tribune 612-673-4000 Daily
St. Paul Pioneer Press 651-222-5011 Daily
So. Washington County Bulletin 651-459-3434 Weekly
Additional Telecommunication Providers
Telecommunication Type Provider Name Phone

Commercial Transportation & Shipping
Highway Information
Interstate Miles From Community Load Limit in Tons Seasonal Limit In Tons
I-35E 8
I-494 4
I-94 7

Four Lane Miles From Community Load Limit in Tons Seasonal Limit In Tons
MN-95 Within
US-52 3
US-61 Within

Other Miles From Community Load Limit in Tons Seasonal Limit In Tons
CO-19 0
Truck Information
Truck Lines:   334
Truck Terminals:   0
Navigable Water Information
Water Name Depth
Mississippi River 9 Feet
Rail Information
Inter-Modal Facility: No
Inter-Modal Facility Distance: 15 miles

Rail Line Frequency Reciprocal Switching Distance to Main Line Passenger Service
Burlington Northern Daily Yes 0 No
Canadian Pacific/Soo Line Daily Yes 0 No

Air Service Information
  International Local Regional
Name Mpls./St. Paul Intl. Airport St. Paul Downtown Airport
Location Bloomington St. Paul
Miles to 18 15
Longest Runway Length 10,000 Feet 6,700 Feet
Surface Type Paved Paved
Lighted Yes Yes
Customs Yes Yes
Service Type Charter, Commercial, Freight, Jet Charter, Freight, Jet
Major Airlines American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, TWA, United Airlines, US Air
Daily Flights To MSP-Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl.:

Additional Commercial Transportation Providers
Transportation Type Provider Name Phone

Housing & Commercial Activity
Housing Information
Single Family Units: 9,754 Percentage Owner Occupied: 93
Multiple Family Units: 2,243 Median Sales Price: $235,000.00
Mobile Homes: 132 Median Assessed Value: $229,000
Number of Units Built Since Last Census: 1,957 Median Rent: $900
Number of Residential Building Permits for 2007: 254 Vacancy Rate: 5
Value of Residential Building Permits for 2007: $53,200,279
Source: City of Cottage Grove

Commercial Activity Information
Number of Commercial Building Permits for 2007: 166
Value of Commercial Building Permits for 2007: $18,765,061
Number of Public Building Permits for 2007: 5
Value of Public Building Permits for 2007: $2,827,000

Retail Sales Information
Year Community Sales County Sales
2005 $226,084,566 $2,574,357,986
2004 $194,111,337 $2,284,353,473
2003 $148,614,172 $2,390,883,646

Source: MN Dept. of Revenue

Business & Community Services
Financial Institutions Information
Name Phone Total Assets Capital as % of Assets
Wells Fargo 651-437-1487 $15,453,887,000 7%
US Bank 651-768-3205 $14,566,983,000 8%
Mainstreet Bank 651-769-9400 $273,649,113 9.5%
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Lodging & Meeting Facilities Information
Facility Number of Facilities
Facility Size Teleconferencing
Available to Public
Hotel 1 76 rooms No No
Motel 1 31 rooms No No
Conference Center 0 No No

Additional Lodging & Meeting Facilities
Facility Type Facility Name Phone
Conference Center Mississippi Dunes 651-768-7611
Conference Center River Oaks Golf Course/Banquet Facility 651-438-3627

Local Medical Facilities Information
Facility Type Nbr of Facilities Total Nbr of Beds Telemedicine Available
Clinic 3 No
Dentist 12 No
Doctor 34 No
Hospital 0 Yes
Nursing Home 0 No

Name of Nearest Hospital (if none in community):

Regina Hospital in Hastings
Miles to Nearest Hospital: 10

Additional Local Medical Facilities
Facility Type Facility Name Phone Telemedicine Available
Hospital Woodwinds Health Campus 651-232-0100 No

Local Transit Information
Service Available Service Available
Inter-Community Bus Yes Taxi/Cab Yes
Intra-Community Bus Yes Disabled Transportation Yes

Local Transit Providers
Transit Type Name Phone
Inter-City Bus Metro Transit 612.373-3333

Library Information
Name Phone Internet Access
Park Grove Branch Library 651-459-4040 Yes

Worship Information
Worship Type Worship Name Phone Membership
Assembly of God Light the Way Church 651.459-4145
Baptist Eagle Grove Church 651.459-4321
Baptist Lighthouse Baptist Church 651.459-6974
Catholic St. Rita's 651.459-4596
Christian Hope Community Church 651.459-6242
ELCA Lutheran All Saints Lutheran Church 651.459-1117
ELCA Lutheran Zion Lutheran Church 651.459-3010
Evangelical Crossroads Church 651.459-7111
Interdenominational The Harbor 651.437-9770
Lutheran Christ the Lord Lutheran Church 651.459-7597
Lutheran St. Lukes Lutheran Church 651.459-1222
Lutheran MO Synod Rose of Sharon Lutheran Church 651.459-3551
Methodist Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church 651.769-1303
Non-Denom Victory Church of Cottage Grove 651.458-5226
United Church of Christ Cottage Grove United Church of Christ 651.459-1501

Recreation Information
Three golf courses, regional park, ice arena, municipal pool, 24 parks totaling 500 acres, paved bike trails, sand dunes, and the Mississippi River.

Strawberry Fest in June and Fourth of July Celebration.

Service Organizations
Chamber of Commerce, Lions, League of Women Voters, Southeast Area YMCA, Boy/Girl Scouts, Athletic Association, Scouts, 4H, American Legion, VFW, and other various clubs and organizations.
Post-Secondary Information
Nearest Technical College & Specialty Location Miles To
St. Paul College St. Paul 13
Whether you are starting college for the first time or returning to enhance your career opportunities, a Saint Paul College education will fit into your life. Nearly 9,000 full- and part-time students attend for a variety of reasons and at various stages in their lives. Most work at least part-time; many have family obligations. They come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. But all of them have found their place in the Saint Paul College community. Educating people for employment since 1910, it is the oldest of the metro area’s public two-year colleges, yet recently recognized as one of the top 50 fastest growing in the nation and in 2002 was ranked among the top five of Minnesota’s community and technical colleges. Offering a breadth of liberal arts and technical programs, Saint Paul College continues its long-standing commitment to the people in the community it serves. 10/05

Nearest Community College & Specialty Location Miles To
Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights 12
At Inver Hills, "community" is our middle name. Our charge, for more than 30 years, has been to serve our community by providing higher education possibilities for a variety of learners. Founded in 1970, Inver Hills is a comprehensive community college offering over 20 degree options including liberal education courses (A.A.) that lead to transfer to four-year colleges and career-related degrees (A.S., A.A.S.) in leading occupational areas such as nursing, computers, law enforcement, human services, business, emergency health care, and more. More than 1,200 course sections are scheduled each year in 50 academic disciplines. About half meet evenings, late afternoons, and weekends so working people can attend. Traditionally about half of Inver Hills students are working adults and part-time learners. 1/06

Nearest Public College/University & Specialty Location Miles To
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities metro Minneapolis, Saint Paul 20
The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most prestigious. It is both the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and the state's primary research university, with faculty of national and international reputation.

Nearest Private College/University & Specialty Location Miles To
University of St. Thomas St. Paul and Minneapolis 15
The University of St. Thomas is a comprehensive, co-educational, Catholic university. It seeks to develop morally responsible individuals who combine career competency with cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity. In its undergraduate program, the university is committed to the development of the student through a liberal arts education within the living Catholic tradition and through a high degree of personal attention in a spiritually and intellectually stimulating campus environment. Graduate programs emphasize the integration of theory with practice, enhance the professional competence and ethical judgment of their students, and foster personal growth and an appreciation of lifelong learning.

Telecommunications Use Available at Area Post-Secondary Institutions: Yes

Local K-12 Information
School Type Nbr of Schools Enrollment Grades Pupil/Teacher Ratio
Elementary 6 3,459 K-6 25:1
Middle School
Junior High 1 996 7-9 30:1
Senior High 1 1,707 10-12 30:1

School District: 833
Telecommunications Use Available at Local K-12: Yes
High School Graduates Attending Post-Secondary: 90%
State Wide Average: 64%

Education Institutions
Education Type Name Phone
Charter School

Structure Information
Organization: Mayor\Council
Budget: $11,822,450
Community Bond Rating: Moody's - - Aa3
Comprehensive Land Use Plan: Yes
Locally Controlled Loan Program: No
Recycling: Yes
Fire Insurance Rating: 4
Industrial Plans Approved By: City Council

Public Protection Services
Service Type Regular Part-Time Volunteer Seasonal
Fire 3 55 - - - - - -
Police 39 - - - 12 - - -
Sheriff - - - - - - - - - - - -
EMT 55 - - - - - - - - -

Property Taxes - Payable 2007
Property Tax Information Assessed Market Value Information
State Tax Rate 48.05% Commercial $210,206,867
Municipal Tax Rate 35.75% Residential $2,353,832,140
County Tax Rate 25.67% Other $282,158,232
School Tax Rate 30.87%    
Misc. Tax Rate 4.07%    
Total Tax Rate 144.42% Total $2,846,197,239

Minnesota commercial real estate taxes are based upon market value of taxable property as set by the local assessor. To compute the tax for the year 2002, first compute the tax capacity by multiplying all property values up to $150,000 times .015, plus any value over $150,000 times .034. Tax capacity times the tax rate equals taxes owed. In some localities where voters have approved referendums, an additional referendum tax must be added, calculated by multiplying the referendum tax rate times the total market value of the commercial property.
Net tax capacity on a $200,000 business: ($150,000 * .015) + ($50,000 * .020) = $2,250

Commercial Buildings and Land Sites
Building Name
City, State  Zip Code
Type of Building
Total Bldg Sqft
Total Available
Contact Name
Phone Number

Summerhill Professional/Medical Building 
6936 Pine Arbor Drive South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Louis Suarez
Welsh Companies
(952) 837-3061

Land Site
City, State  Zip Code
Space Available
Build To Suit
Contact Name
Phone Number


Economic Development Services
Economic Development Authority: Yes
Housing Redevelopment Authority: No
County Development Corporation: No
Chamber of Commerce: Yes
Port Authority: No
Cottage Grove offers numerous financing and incentive programs for developing and expanding businesses. IRBs, TIF and SBAs are all available to insure the success of business within the community. Cottage Grove has an Economic Development team structure, led by the City Administrator to assist existing and new businesses grow and prosper. For information on any of the above financial assistance programs, call 651-458-2822 or rschroeder@cottage-grove.org. Please go to http://www.cottage-grove.org/project_updates_commercial.htm to see all current Retail and Development opportunities in the City of Cottage Grove.
Contact Information
Ryan Schroeder
Cottage Grove, City of
7516 80th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN  55016-3195
(651) 458-2822
Ron Hedberg
Director of Finance and Admin. Services
Cottage Grove, City of
7516 80th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN  55016-3195
(651) 458-2832
Sandra Shiely
Cottage Grove, City of
7516 80th Street South
Cottage Grove, MN  55016-3195
(651) 458-2800

Economic Development Organizations
Type Name Phone Fax
Chamber of Commerce Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce 651-458-8334 651-458-8383
Disaster & Emergency Services
Name Phone Number(s)
Public Safety emergency resources 1-800-422-0798 or metro 651-649-5451
Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V FEMA 312-408-5500
Small Business Administration Disaster Resources Disaster Area Offices 404-347-3771

Inquiries regarding this community's data go to Joe Fischbach

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