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

2017 marks the third annual Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Grand Rapids. This year we focus on area history that largely goes unexamined. We invite Grand Rapids residents to participate in an essay contest to bring one of our unexamined truths into the light.  Click here to learn more about other Indigenous People’s Day events and activities. 
The contest is open to all students in ISD 318,... read more

The Commission is a nine member board. The purpose of the Arts and Culture Commission shall be to assist Grand Rapids to become a community in which arts and cultural activities: are recognized as vital components of community life, are valued and promoted for their economic benefits, and represent an integral part of Grand Rapids’ educational mission for young people.


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Regular Commission meetings are held on the first Wednesday following the 10th of the month at 4:00 PM in the conference room of the Public Works/Public Utilities Service Center at 500 SE 4th Street, Grand Rapids, MN.


Public Utilities Commission
Glen Hodgson - President read more

The Pokegama Golf Course Board meets on the third Tuesday of every month at: 7 a.m. in Conference Room 2A of City Hall, 420 North Pokegama Avenue, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.



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If you are interested in applying for a position on the Police Advisory Commission, download an application form.

The Police Community Advisory Board is established to enhance lines of communication between Grand Rapids residents, Police Department and City Council. Together the Advisory Board and the Police Department will identify and focus on public safety issues and collaborate with community leaders, community organizations and stakeholders in developing solutions to multi-faceted... read more


The Library's Mission Statement:

The Grand Rapids Area Library fosters a welcoming environment that builds a connected,  informed, and engaged community.

Purpose and Responsibilities of the Library Board of Trustees

  • The Library Board is a statutory, policy setting group whose vision directs the Library's operations.
  • The duties and responsibilities of the library board are described in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 134.
  • The Board is charged with hiring, supervising and if necessary with discharging the Library Director.
  • The... read more

The Grand Rapids Planning Commission is an advisory board, appointed by the Mayor and City Council, whose duties are those vested in it by Minnesota Statues and other ordinances of the City.

The Commission is generally responsible for providing oversight of and an input into the preparation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan which contains goals, policies and maps to guide the community’s physical, social and economic development,... read more

The City of Grand Rapids established a Human Rights Commission in 2004 to aid and advise the City Council in ensuring that all citizens have equal opportunity in those areas protected by law.  The mission of the Commission is to promote a community of harmony and respect for the rights and dignity of all people.

The purpose of the Commission is to work to recognize and prevent discrimination and inequalities in... read more



The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Grand Rapids meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority Building, 411 NW 7th Street, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744.  All meetings are open to the public.


Pokegama Golf Course Board Members
Todd Roth - Member
Kelly Kirwin - Member
Brad Gallop - Member
Pat Pollard - Member
Housing and Redevelopment Authority Members
Bill Zeige - City Council Representative Vacant... read more



The Civic Center/Park and Recreation Board is committed to promoting year-round utilization of the IRA Civic Center complex by area residents and visitors; oversee the orderly, efficient and cost-efficient, and cost-effective operation of the facilities so as to generate a positive economic impact for the Grand Rapids area; preserve; maintain and improve the physical assets of the Civic Center complex by developing and sustaining a dedicated capital improvement fund; seek... read more