In the opening decades of the twentieth century, forty cheese factories sprang up around the City and their success soon made Pine Island known as the "Cheese Capital of the World."
Now fast forward to 2013, when Pine Island is again in the news for its exciting new 3.6 square mile Elk Run Development, which will consist of a 250 acre Biobusiness park with a Biotechnology Center, along with a healthy living community and office/warehouse, retail, institutional and residential components.
Whether preserving its past with a historic downtown and annual Cheese Festival or working to be competitive in cutting-edge science, Pine Island is a city of opportunity. Pine Island's experienced team of government and business leaders work hard to develop and promote businesses in the community.
Our community has many attractive features for new businesses:
1. Incentives for Business Development. We offer an expedited review process, revolving loans, tax abatement, deferred assessments, TIF, JOBZ, prime shovel ready sites and are ready to work with you on development and expansion projects of all sizes.
2. Growing Infrastructure. Pine Island significantly expanded its sewage, water, gas, and electric infrastructure in lieu of the Elk Run Development, thereby creating access to the infrastructure for the many undeveloped surrounding properties.
3. Proximity to larger cities with a small town atmosphere. Pine Island is located just 10 miles away from Rochester, where you will find the world renowned Mayo Clinic along with 13 colleges that offer technical, undergraduate, and graduate programs for workforce training and development.
Pine Island is also a one hour drive south of the Twin Cities metro area, where you will find a variety of professional sports teams, museums, and the popular Mall of America. On top of such great location, Pine Island retains its close-knit small town feel where people are on a first-name basis.
4. Low-cost Outdoor Activities for the Entire Family. Take a break from work at the Pine Island golf course, get a summer membership to the pool, or borrow a bike for free to take the scenic Douglas Trail to Rochester.
We invite you to look around the site to learn more about the city. If you want to learn more about Pine Island, feel free to contact us.