Economic Development Authority

The Forest Lake Economic Development Authority exists to help existing and new businesses grow and thrive.

Fostering a Prosperous Environment


The City of Forest Lake values and supports the recruitment and retention of businesses by fostering an environment where businesses can prosper. Ongoing efforts include identifying opportunities for redevelopment and potential funding sources; facilitating business attraction to Forest Lake, and working to ensure residential growth within the city. The City of Forest Lake and its Economic Development Authority partner with the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to help accomplish these goals.

Contact Information for Economic Development


For additional information on relocating or expanding your business in Forest Lake Contact Aaron Parrish, City Administrator.



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Open for Business


Washington County has partnered with the MCCD Open to Business Program to offer resources to small and emerging businesses in the areas of financing, licensing, and strategy.  The Open to Business program has office hours at the Forest Lake City Center on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.  If you would like to schedule a meeting with Open to Business Program, contact Tyler Hilsabeck at thilsabeck@mccdmn.org.

For more information on the Open to Business Program please visit: www.opentobusinessmn.org