Economic Development

Contact the Pine County Office of Economic Development or one of the communities in the County for information on local resources for business development.  These may include:

  • Revolving Loan Funds:  Pine City, Hinckley and Sandstone all manage local revolving loan funds for local business start-up or development.
  • Tax Increment Financing:  All county communities have at some time implemented a TIF district.  TIF is a tax abatement strategy used to help finance the costs of real estate development to encourage developers to construct buildings or other private improvements and to pay for public improvements.
  • Tax Abatement:  A taxing jurisdiction agrees to forego some property tax income in order to provide an incentive for business start-up or expansion.  The communities and the County all have abatement opportunities.
  • Inexpensive Industrial Park Land:  Pine City, Hinckley and Sandstone all have established industrial or technology park property available for business start-up or relocation.
  • Business Incubator:  Pine Technical and Community College operates a business incubator targeted at new, technology-based manufacturing or production companies.  The incubator provides up to 7800 square feet of production space in a brand-new facility, along with a full program of business support services designed to help a new enterprise become sustainable.

Below are a variety of business resources available:


Lezlie Sauter

Economic Development Coordinator

Pine County Courthouse 
635 Northridge Drive NW
Suite 200
Pine City, MN 55063
P: 320-591-0019