Economic Development

Pro-Business Community

The City of Apple Valley is an energetic community located about 20 minutes south of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and 15 minutes south of the Minneapolis / St. Paul airport and the Mall of America. Cedar Avenue runs through the heart of Apple Valley, linking with Interstates 35E and 494.

A pro-business community of 50,000 residents, the City of Apple Valley has an established vibrant economy and a well-educated workforce. Centrally located at the crossroads of major highways County Road 42 and Cedar Avenue in the South Metro, the City of Apple Valley provides a firm foundation for businesses to plant, grow, and prosper. Apple Valley was named by Money Magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live" in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013 due in part to our vibrant local economy and amenities.

Watch the city's Plant: Grow: Prosper video.

 Commercial Activity
Most of the city's commercial activity is located in the downtown near the intersection of County Road 42 and Cedar Avenue. Business activity is guided by the Economic Development Authority (EDA), promoting the economic, commercial, housing, and industrial development and redevelopment of the city.

If you are considering expanding, relocating, or starting a business in Apple Valley, please contact Community Development Director Bruce Nordquist at (952) 953-2576.

EDA Assistance and Financing Policies

Business Assistance (May 7, 2012)

Use of Tax Increment Financing (May 7, 2012)

We want to hear about your business idea! Resources to assist in funding these jobs and business development initiatives are available intermittently. An initial contact to the Community Development Department will determine when an application should be submitted or to ask any questions.