The Low-Down

Get the low-down on recent developments happening in Chisago County

Industrial Park of the Month -

North Branch Interstate Business Park

This beautiful park is located within an Opportunity Zone and has tons of potential! There over 200 acres available. Located 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities it has great access and visibility to I-35. The park's sites are certified shovel ready with utilities in place and ready for immediate development. The North Branch Interstate Business Park has recently had a lot of interest, so act quickly and don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Learn more about North Branch Interstate Business Park


Chisago County Broadband Grant

Applications Approved for Midcontinent  

The Chisago County Board of Commissioners allocated $2,000,000 of their Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery (SLFRF) funds for the expansion of highspeed broadband within Chisago County. The American Relief Plan Act (ARPA) requires that eligible broadband projects must provide services upon completion that meet or exceeds 100 Mbps symmetrical services.  

On June 7, the county board approved two more broadband grants to assist communities to bring high speed broadband to areas that are unserved or underserved. The funding will assist 57 residential homes in Wyoming and 110 sites in Chisago Lake Township. The Fiber to the Home services will be provided by Midcontinent.  

The city of Harris with Lumen and western parts of the county with East Central Energy have also received grants from the County’s ARPA funds.  

Funding Secured for Highway 8 Redevelopment


Local public officials along with state and federal officials gathered to celebrate at a reception with coffee and cookies for an update on Highway 8. There is $80,000,000 now in secured funding to reconstruct Highway 8 from Forest Lake to Karmel Avenue in Chisago City.

The primary reason the County took the lead on the project is for safety, but the new design will also provide for new commercial, industrial and housing development sites through Wyoming and Chisago City.

It is anticipated that construction will begin in 2026 after land is secured and environmental studies are completed.


Thank you to our State and Local Government Officials for continuing to support and advocate for the Hwy 8 reconstruction project. Please see the Chisago County Press for additional information of the event.

Picture – The most updated Design for Hwy 8 was displayed at the reception.  

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Filling the Child Care Gap

The connection is clear; when our children thrive, so do our communities. A study completed by First Children’s Finance showed a shortage of approximately 1,449 spots for children birth to 5 years with all parents in the workforce. Further analysis identified the need for infant and toddler care in the county of roughly 580 slots.

The Chisago County Child Care Committee, made up of representatives from public health, economic development, child care resources, parents, and more; held three open house events across the county to share resources for providers and to attract new child care businesses.

Through funding from First Children’s Finance, Chisago County has grants of $2,000 to help new Child Care businesses get up and running. The grants may help with licensing, equipment, Fire Marshall inspections and other costs related to starting up a child care business.

Please contact the HRA-EDA for a grant applications (651)674-5664 or Chisago County licensor for information on becoming a provider. 

A Natural Resource for Business

Developers and Businesses: are your aware of these HRA-EDA Programs and Resources?

Small Business

  • SBDC: free & confidential business counseling services


  • Business Parks
  • Labor Assessment
  • Industrial Development Forgivable loans


  • Housing Trust Fund for Affordable Housing Development
  • Housing Analysis for Chisago County

Issue: June 15, 2023