Economic Development

City of Cloquet – Holly Butcher (218) 879-3347

Carlton County Economic Development Director – Connie Christenson (218) 384-9597

View the Carlton County Economic Development Quarterly newsletter HERE


The Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Cloquet and Carlton County Economic Development extend an invitation to partner with you on the successful start-up or relocation of your business in Cloquet, Minnesota.

Carlton County has seen unprecedented growth in recent years. Census estimates have shown a 6.1 % increase in population in Carlton County with decreases occurring in neighboring counties. Carlton County is in the 25th percentile in population growth, ranking 20th among the 87 Minnesota counties. The city of Cloquet is a general manufacturing and wood manufacturing hub for the Arrowhead Region and the State of Minnesota. Cloquet offers a large, diverse workforce, for primary or secondary family employment opportunities.

The Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College is a local education institution that provides customized labor training and educational opportunities for new employees and provides a labor pool of motivated students interested in alternative work shifts that meet your companies wage objectives.

Construction & Office Space
Currently, there are multiple lease and purchase opportunities available. To assist in your successful start-up or relocation, the City of Cloquet and State of Minnesota have many business incentive programs that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Tax increment financing
  • City and County revolving loan fund programs
  • Carlton County revolving loan fund

Cloquet is on a major artery from Minneapolis/St. Paul Area to International Falls, conveniently located two hours north of Mpls/St. Paul on Hwy 35 North. The “All Roads Lead to Cloquet” slogan depicts very eloquently the major State and Interstate Highways that provide convenient access to the Cloquet community.

  • I-35 – from Mpls/St. Paul
  • Highway 53 – from Virginia
  • Highway 2 – from Grand Rapids
  • Highway 210 – from Brainerd


Other benefits of Cloquet, Minnesota and the surrounding area

  • Commercial property available for future retail & business opportunities within the Cloquet Business Park
  • Cloquet has 21 communities and cities located within 30 minutes of the City limits. This increases our available workforce.
  • Willard Munger Trail Extension to Cloquet 2007-2008
  • Jay Cooke State Park
  • $110M Black Bear Casino Addition, Casino/Golf Course, Hotel/Convention Center


The City of Cloquet and Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce believe your company starting or relocating to the City of Cloquet fits the benchmark criteria of geographical location, workforce and office space.
We are looking forward to partnering with your company in providing technical expertise in site selection, logistics, and funding mechanisms on your very important project.

Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce