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Economic Development


St. Cloud is the third-largest metropolitan area in the state and one of the fastest-growing, featuring the best in education, health care, commercial, cultural and recreational offerings – not to mention expanding economic development that continues to raise the quality of life for residents and businesses alike.

Welcoming Visitors

  • The St. Cloud Area Chamber’s Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) brings thousands of visitors to Central Minnesota each year. The Chamber dedicates five staff members to market the St. Cloud area as a premier visitor destination and to encourage community improvements that benefit residents and increase the economic impact of visitors. 


  • Recognizing the critical role agriculture plays in the region’s economy, the Chamber organizes the annual Central Minnesota Farm Show in February.  Here you’ll find everything from feed and seed dealers to agri-technology developers.  As the largest indoor farm show in the Upper Midwest, it attracts over 350 vendors and 3,000 attendees annually.

Grow Minnesota!

  • The St. Cloud Area Chamber participates in the Minnesota Chamber’s Grow Minnesota! economic development program.  Making more than 50 personal calls on Central Minnesota businesses each year, we receive a first-hand look at the local economy and gather information that helps drive local and state public policy.

Winter Economic Institute

  • Organized by the Department of Economics, School of Public Affairs, St. Cloud State University, the annual Winter Institute is an important forum for members of the community to generate ideas that can foster growth and development in Central Minnesota.  As a corporate sponsor, the St. Cloud Area Chamber hosts a business panel to address topical issues impacting the current economy.