Local officials celebrated the Braham Industrial Park’s certification as a “shovel ready” site July 18 with a check presentation from East Central Energy and a tour of Diversified Bronze & Manufacturing, the newest facility to locate in Braham Industrial Park.
East Central Energy covered Braham’s $2,101 Shovel Ready application fee.
“This donation is one of many ways that East Central Energy supports Economic Development in their service area,” said Heidi Steinmetz, Kanabec County’s EDA Director.
Braham Mayor Patricia Carlson said, “The certification would not have been possible without the Kanabec County EDA’s vision and commitment toward this project.”
In 2017, the Kanabec County EDA submitted applications to DEED for both Braham and Mora Industrial Parks. Because the application for Mora was larger (32 acres as opposed to Braham’s 17) and required additional environmental testing, Braham Industrial Park became the first industrial park in Kanabec County to become certified.
The State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Shovel Ready Site Certification Program provides communities with a competitive edge in attracting business startups, expansions or relocations. The certification process requires that the most time-consuming technical and regulatory aspects of development are completed before lots are sold to businesses.
Jobs creation and increasing commercial/industrial tax base are top goals of most Economic Development organizations throughout the United States, including the Kanabec County Economic Development Authority (EDA). Manufacturing jobs in Minnesota pay an average annual wage 17 percent higher than the state’s overall average wage. Therefore, assisting businesses create those jobs on the combined total of 49 acres in Kanabec County’s two industrial parks makes a whole lot of sense. Furthermore, both industrial parks are city-owned, so selling the acreage to private companies would put the acreage back on the tax rolls.
Braham Industrial Park is located in the southeastern corner of Kanabec County, just two miles east of MN-65 and 13 miles west of I-35.
Owned by the City of Braham, there are seven affordable lots (17 total acres) available for sale. Visit www.kanabec-eda.org for details or contact Marshall Lind, City of Braham, at 320-396-3383.