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Increasing Jobs in Maple Grove, Minnesota

Updated on February 26, 2024
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Ms. Inglish is successful at employment & training, with regional records of tens of thousands placed and retained in gainful employment.


Minneapolis Suburbs Boom!

In northern Hennepin County, Maple Grove is a fast-growing suburb of Minneapolis. It was named among the Best Places to Live in 2008 by Money Magazine and in early 2010, by BusinessWeek analysts. It has remained among the top 10 fastest growing places in the state through 2023.

The Winnebago Nation first inhabited this area, having been moved in federal relocation initiatives from Wisconsin. However, White settlers arrived around 1851 and began developing this territory, and the lumber industry thrived. Sawmills and general stores soon made up the bulk of the local economy1850 - 1900. These were followed by dance halls and horseracing tracks. Maple Grove was becoming a new urban center, which it is today.

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Farming and dairy production sprang up and needed the railroads, rail depots, and increasing modes of industrial transportation like shipping. Then transportation brought more people and businesses to the area.

The residential population grew so quickly that it expanded from just over 1,700 in 1950 to 38,700+ in 1990. 60,000 in 2009. Continued growth resulted in the state's first Lifestyle Center in Downtown Maple Grove with a combination of business, work, transportation, and residential opportunities.

The Lifestyle Center includes Shoppes at Arbor Lakes for upscale retail and dining in a 1950s-type village venue. Arbor Lakes includes a hybrid power center called The Fountains at Arbor Lakes with coffee shops, a Subway sandwich shop, Lowe's, a Holiday Inn, and a water park.

Maple Grove supports more retail commercial space than all other cities in the state, except Bloomington and its Mall of America.

Great River Energy

Company headquarters in Maple Grove. A growing energy company in the Midwest.
Company headquarters in Maple Grove. A growing energy company in the Midwest.

Largest Employers for Maple Grove

  1. Thermo Fisher Scientific
  2. University of MN-Twin Cities
  3. 3M Company
  4. Fairview University Med Center
  5. Fairview Health and Southdale Hospital
  6. Methodist Hospital
  7. Hennepin Healthcare
  8. State, County, and City Jobs
  9. Park Nicollet Eye Specialists
  10. Piper Breast Center
  11. General Mills Inc.

Top 10 High Demand Jobs 2023-2024

  1. Business Analysts
  2. Insurance Sales/Account Executives
  3. Truck Drivers and other Delivery Drivers
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Occupational and Physical Therapists
  6. Health and Medical Technologists
  7. Project Managers
  8. Assistant Managers
  9. Financial Analysts
  10. Java Developers

Higher Education

  • Pacific International University
  • NHCC | North Hennepin Community College- A large institution, this school is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Aside from degree seeking students, this community college serves about 7,000 other people and almost 300 organizations through Continuing Education and Customized Business Training. NHCC has formed educational partnerships with universities in order to offer baccalaureate degrees right on the NHCC campus. The larger community appreciates the school as well, benefiting from its theater productions, art shows, concerts, public lectures, and community service.
  • Hennepin Technical College - This is the state's largest freestanding technical college, with up to date classrooms, laboratories, computer access, and industry driven curricula (high demand careers). Instructors all are professionals in the fields in which they teach. The school is known for continually building working relationships with other educational facilities, business and government agencies in order to place graduating students into high demand jobs.
  • Herzing College Lakeland Medical-Dental Academy Division
  • Minnesota Graduate School of Theology
  • Minnesota School of Business
  • Rasmussen College
  • University of Minnesota- The U of M is one of the most prestigious universities in the USA. Research in medicine, public health, and psychology coming out of this institution has been top drawer for decades. Additional research in pother fields add it the school status as top research facility in the state. Over 160 years old in 2010, the University of Minnesota has five campuses, with extension offices, and research and outreach centers. It creates additional partnerships among University departments and with outside educational facilities, as well as with business, government, and surrounding communities to enhance the economic and academic health and standard of living of the state of Minnesota and its residents.

Maple Grove Attractions

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS


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