Howard Lake

Website: www.howard-lake.mn.us

Population, Households, and Median Income:
Population:  1,962 (2010 Census Data)
Households:  786 Total (2010 Census Data)
Median Income- $31,856 (2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)

Location:
Howard Lake is located on Highway 12 approximately 35 miles west of Minneapolis.

Development Incentives:
The City Council of Howard Lake has been proactive in assisting companies by providing financial incentives.  The following consists of two local incentives offered to prospective businesses of Howard Lake:

Tax Increment Financing:  The City of Howard Lake has used Tax Increment Financing to stimulate redevelopment within the Downtown area and promote jobs in the City’s Industrial areas.  The City currently has TIF available in Howard Lake Industrial Park West and will consider this type of incentive for redevelopment projects that promote the revitalization of the Downtown area.

Low Interest Loan Program-Voyager Fund:  The City has established a low interest loan program called the Voyager Fund and is available to assist businesses of Howard Lake.

The Fund was created for the purpose of assisting a variety of businesses, primarily by providing financial assistance for growth and expansion.  To qualify, a business must be creditworthy, be located within the city limits, and have a project that meets one of the following objectives:

Creation or retention of permanent private sector jobs in order to create above-average economic growth; Stimulation or leverage of private investment to ensure economic renewal and competitiveness; Increase to the local tax base Improvement of employment and economic opportunity for residents of the city that will increase their standard of living; and Stimulation of productivity growth through improved manufacturing processes or new technologies.

General Contact Information
Nick Haggenmiller
625 8th Avenue, PO Box 763, Howard Lake, MN  55349
Phone: 320-543-3670
Fax: 320-543-3306

Community Amenities
Howard Lake is a growing community located minutes from the Twin Cities metro.  Residents and business owners enjoy the Community’s small-town atmosphere with convenient access to the Twin Cities Metro.

Howard Lake is rich in natural resources that include three lakes, Howard, Dutch, and Mallard Pass; approximately 21 acres of parkland; and numerous natural areas.  The Community has an active business community that includes a core of downtown retail businesses, large manufacturing, and a variety of commercial businesses.  These businesses succeed in Howard Lake due to the accessibility and visibility offered by Highway 12 and the strong workforce available within the community.

Howard Lake’s rich natural resources, various housing opportunities, and a strong business community, make Howard Lake a great place to live and work.

Utilities:

  • Sanitary Sewer Service: City of Howard Lake
  • Water Service: City of Howard Lake, Natural Gas-CenterPoint Energy,
  • Electric Service Xcel Energy, Telecommunications: Sprint, Lakedale Link,
  • MediaCom, Broadband Services

Major Employers:

  • Dura Supreme (400 employees)
  • American Spirit Mailing (120 employees)
  • ISD# 2687 (100 employees)