With over 22,000 residents, Hastings continues to be an attractive place for businesses to grow and thrive.
The city is blessed with a beautiful setting on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Victorian residences in tree-lined neighborhoods, a classic Main Street downtown, and the 1871 County Courthouse maintain Hastings' distinctive small town character. At the same time, Hastings continues to grow with steady residential, commercial industrial development activity coupled with an expanding mix of public and institutional land uses. This combination of small town charm with easy access to the Twin Cities makes it no surprise that residents and business owners who choose Hastings, stay in Hastings.
The City of Hastings works hard to ensure Hastings is a great place to live and do business, striving to provide the tools and resources necessary to assist in development opportunities and continued growth. The Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority (HEDRA) guides the development and implementation of the City’s economic and redevelopment strategies. In addition to Business Retention and Expansion visits, the City of Hastings works to market our community to businesses looking to start, grow or expand, here in Hastings. To find out more about the City of Hastings’ Economic Development efforts and programs available, please visit the City of Hastings’ Business page.
The Chamber plays a role in economic development through business retention visits, tourism, programs for small businesses and advocacy. We also provide a business voice on important topics around land use, transportation and housing.
Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors act as the welcoming arm of the Chamber, visiting new businesses and conducting business rentention visits and hosting social events. Ambassador visits are advertised in the local newspaper, on the Chamber’s Facebook page and in the Chamber’s weekly newsletter giving businesses recognition throughout the community.
Hastings Chamber is a partner in Grow Minnesota!, a premier private-sector led statewide business retention, business assistance, and business expansion program founded by the Minnesota Chamber in 2002. We want to understand the needs and concerns of local businesses, as well as identify specific opportunities to help them stay and grow in the community. Grow MN! visits are confidential and one on one with Chamber staff. If you're interested in setting up a Grow MN visit, please contact Kristy Barse at 651.437.6775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
As a new business, hosting a ribbon cutting is an excellent opportunity to bring Chamber members and community leaders to your front door! We will coordinate a date that works for your schedule, invite city staff and Chamber Ambassadors to attend and provide large scissors and ribbon for the ceremony. As additional advertising, photographs of the event will be posted in our Chamber newsletter and sent to the local paper.
If you are interested in hosting a ribbon cutting, please contact the Chamber at 651.437.6775
Hastings Tourism Assessment ProgramTourism in Minnesota is a key economic driver. As a $13.6 billion industry, it has the potential to generate jobs and drive money into our community.
Hastings has a natural draw for tourists with access to the Mississippi, St. Croix and Vermillion Rivers, it also offers a lot in the way of attractions, recreation and rich history. In a collaboration with The University of MN Extension and Explore MN, The Hastings Tourism Bureau conducteda tourism assessment report in 2017. Click Here is view the complete report.
Check out photographs of some of Hastings Tourism assets below.