Friday, 22 June, 2018


  • Groundbreaking

    Airport South Industrial Park groundbreaking for Swan Machine - Fall 2016.

  • Mississippi Riverfront Trail

  • Block 37 Downtown Redevelopment

  • Crystal Estates

    Former Middle School Site Redevelopment

  • DC Manufacturing

    GREDA Industrial Park Development

  • Downtown Farmer's Market

  • Grand Plaza

    Former Hospital Housing Redevelopment

  • Redevelopment

    Demolition of the old St. Joseph Catholic Church makes way for development of new housing.

The Community Development Department works with residents, businesses, developers and other private and public entities to promote a safe, desirable and economically viable environment for the citizens and businesses of Grand Rapids.

The services provided by the Community Development Department can be broadly categorized into three general areas:

Economic Development: The Community Development Director serves as the point of contact and staff support for the Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority. The Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority (GREDA) is a public body governed by Minnesota Statute and Enabling Resolutions enacted by the City Council of the City of Grand Rapids. The mission of GREDA is to promote the growth of the Grand Rapids economy through efforts focused on business recruitment and attraction, and business retention and expansion.
Long Range Community Planning and Zoning: Planning in the City of Grand Rapids is centered on a Comprehensive Plan and specific zoning and subdivisions ordinances that execute the Comprehensive Plan. The focus of these ordinances is to provide for orderly development and redevelopment in the City. The Community Development Director serves as the zoning administrator and staff support for the Grand Rapids Planning Commission.
Building Safety: Building Safety Division staff reviews building plans and permit applications, issues building permits, and conducts a wide range of field inspections to ensure compliance with the state building code and property maintenance compliance.

City of Grand Rapids Issues Building Permit Reminder

If you are planning a home improvement project you may be wondering, “Do I need a permit?” In 1979, the City of Grand Rapids adopted the Minnesota State Building Code.  Under that Code, building permits are required to construct, add onto,

Grand Rapids Awarded Small Cities Development Grant

Grand Rapids, Minn. – The City of Grand Rapids has received over $600,000 in grant funding for commercial and residential redevelopment from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This grant is a part of the Small Cities

Grand Rapids ranked among best places to start a business

Grand Rapids is a great place to start a business according to consumer finance website NerdWallet. The city is ranked the 16th best place to be a business owner in a study of 123 Minnesota cities.   “The community’s investment in public


For agendas and minutes not found in Legistar, please contact City Clerk Kim Gibeau at (218) 326-7611 or admin@cityofgrandrapidsmn.com




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Minimum qualifications include High School graduate or GED, possess valid Minnesota State Driver's License, no felony convictions and pass a psychological examination, physical examination; physical agility test. Must be 18 years of age. This is a paid on call position.

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The Finance Department completes annual and long range financial plans for the City. Other vital support services for the City include:

  • Accounts payable
  • Accounts receivable
  • Administering bond indebtedness
  • All financial transactions for the City
  • Assessment payoff administration
  • Investment of City funds
  • Lodging Tax administration
  • Payroll
  • Preparation of City’s annual budget
  • Treasury functions for all City Departments

Financial Reports
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The Administration Department helps the City Administrator manage the functions of other City departments and oversees the implementation of the City Council's policies and decisions.  In addition to coordinating Council activities, Administration is also responsible for Human Resources and the duties of the City Clerk.

The Administration Department:

  • prepares agendas and provides support information for 24 regular meetings each year.
  • facilitates the activities of the City's management team to carry out Council actions.
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Do you want to be involved in your local government?  The Grand Rapids City Council places a high value on obtaining citizen input.  One of the ways they accomplish this is through their boards and commissions. 

If you are interested in participating in any of the boards or commissions listed below, please download an application from the link or for more information call 218-326-7600.

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- Operate honestly, ethically and with integrity.
- Treat all people fairly, equitably, and respectfully.
- Encourage open and free communication.
- Respect differences of opinion.
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