Projects on the Horizon

Highways 169 & 73

When it comes to economic development, there is no shortage of available space. Room to grow, along with an educated workforce and financial incentives, is the region's chief attraction. As part of the CIRI comprehensive plan, areas ripe for development (link to map) have been identified. Property on either side of Highway 169 between Hibbing and Buhl is ideal for industrial and commercial development, offering easy access to transportation and substantial acreage. Highway 73, leading east of Hibbing to the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport, has been zoned and fitted with infrastructure conducive to economic development. Strategic projects, such as a wind energy plant and JOBZ designation, make this corridor attractive to business and a key to economic development. In time, the corridor will be home to a motorsports park and possible law enforcement training facility. The development of a CIRI wastewater treatment plant nearly doubles the regional water treatment capability, opening the door to expanded commercial, industrial and residential expansion.