In a recent press release from the City of Owatonna, it was announced that Owatonna was Named #1 for a Micropolitan community in Minnesota!

In Site Selection Magazine’s March Governor's Cup issue. Owatonna was named the #1 Micropolitan community in Minnesota and one of the top micropolitans in the United States for corporate site selection projects.

Site Selection is the premier publication in global economic development and corporate real estate.

This is the third time in the last four years that Owatonna has earned this recognition. The ranking is a result of the hard work and dedication of the Owatonna Partners for Economic Development.

"We're grateful for the trust these businesses have put in our community to locate in Owatonna, and we look forward to their continued growth and success," said Greg Kruschke, Community Development Manager for the City of Owatonna.

Owatonna had three notable projects in 2022 that contributed to its recognition:

Climate by Design International (CDI)

KAMP Automation

Crown Cork & Seal

Climate by Design International will open a 200,000 square foot facility this summer. KAMP Automation announced its relocation to Owatonna and the construction of a 50,000 square foot facility also set to be completed in 2023. Crown Cork & Seal added a production line to their facility in 2022. These projects bring over $50 million in investment and job opportunities to the Owatonna community, further contributing to its economic growth and success.

The Owatonna City Council is a key supporter of these projects, approving tax increment financing for the CDI project and selling industrial land to KAMP Automation for their project.

Credit to Conway Projects Database and Site Selection Magazine’s March Governor's Cup issue
Credit to Conway Projects Database and Site Selection Magazine’s March Governor's Cup issue

Out of 143 cities recognized for top micropolitans, Willmar is the only other Minnesota City that appears on the list. So here’s a big congratulations to Owatonna!

All information is credited to the City of Owatonna. Contact: Greg Kruschke, City of Owatonna (507-774-7317) or Brad Meier, Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism (507-451-7970)

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