Wadena Offers Support and Infrastructure for Growing Businesses

Monday, August 24, 2020

Wadena is a growing community in the rich agricultural region of central Minnesota. Located at the intersections of US Highways 71 and 10 - along with Minnesota Highway 29 – Wadena is situated in a nice, central location within a few hours drive of such population centers as Fargo - Moorhead (90 miles), St. Cloud (90 miles), Duluth – Superior (170 miles), and the Twin Cities (150 miles). A new airport, with a paved 4,005-foot runway, and a BNSF rail line round out a strong base of transportation infrastructure.

The Wadena Development Authority (WDA), a department of the City of Wadena, with Port Authority status, offers support for businesses wishing to grow in the community. The WDA also provides services to local businesses to ensure their stability and long-term viability.

The city is bursting with vibrant culture, esteemed academics, celebrated arts, progressive technology and a cherished history. We invite you to become part of this great community and hope you'll take advantage of everything Wadena has to offer. 

Visit the city website for more information.


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