Key Industries

Milk Production

Located in southeast Minnesota, the Rochester area is a strong diverse economy built around life sciences, technology, tourism, food & dairy and manufacturing. New ideas are an old tradition here, ideas take root and grow, and are nurtured by a vibrant international community of the world's finest minds. With a rich history of incredible expansion, the Rochester area combines a rare blend of contrasting but complementary forces that encourages people to invest and build careers. 

Our area benefits from the 45 two-and four-year institutions of higher learning located within a 90-mile radius. Students enrolled in any one of these colleges or universities often seek employment opportunities within this region post-graduation.


Rochester's Key Industries:

Life Sciences

Find out more about the Rochester area’s asset base of world-renowned companies and institutions that collaborate and partner to develop and sustain a culture of innovation that produces new processes, medicines, therapies, devices and approaches that improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases on an individualized basis.

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Learn more about the well-known technology-based businesses have chosen this Midwest region as their home, establishing the Rochester area as a major center for technology.

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Food & Dairy

The economy of the Rochester area is influenced by the agricultural nature of the region. Learn more about the multiple dairy producers in the area as well as food processing manufacturers.

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Advanced manufacturing is especially strong in the Rochester area, with machinery, chemicals, and electronics among the top products.

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The Rochester area provides unique and varied experiences for tourists with a wealth of resources for outdoor and nature enthusiasts, a strong arts community, unique shopping experiences as well as extensive dining options which makes our area very attractive.

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Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) value proposition is the ability to assist businesses and entrepreneurs in securing the private and/or public resources needed to execute their business plans. RAEDI is pleased to assist you with your request.

Please call 507-288-0208, email, or fill out the form below.