Buffalo is where excellence, experience and ingenuity come together. With a growing population and strong downtown retail sector, it is especially important for our community to foster an environment of superior services, create innovation in all areas, and provide for a safe city in which to live, work, and play.
Location, Location, Location
Just a 45-minute drive to both the Twin Cities metro and St. Cloud, Buffalo is strategically located near many of the major economic centers in the state. As the seat for Wright County, Buffalo is a driver for economic growth in the region that provides a unique blend of small-town charm and suburban amenities. Residents and visitors alike enjoy our pedestrian-friendly downtown, centered around Sturges Park and Buffalo Lake- especially during the city’s popular Occasional Store weekends held on the first weekend of every month.
With State Highways 25 and 55 crossing through city limits, local retailers to national chains benefit from heightened visibility and a larger customer-base to successfully grow their operations. These major transportation corridors are expected to grow in greater importance with the growth of the West Metro, and when coupled with the Buffalo Municipal Airport, they provide for a plethora of transportation options for both businesses and potential customers.
Business Incentives & Assistance
Whether you are a new business or have been in operation for some time, there are a variety of resources available to help you grow. The City of Buffalo’s Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) can provide financial assistance to businesses with projects ranging from façade improvement to interior repairs needed to remain in operation. Similarly, the Wright County Economic Development Partnership assists with business retention, expansion, and recruitment, and offers an Enterprise Loan Fund to encourage industrial and commercial development that contributes meaningfully to Wright County’s business environment and tax base. Additional resources can be found below:
City of Buffalo
Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA)
- Commercial Repair Program (PDF)
- Downtown Facade Improvement Program (PDF)
- General HRA Assistance Form (PDF)
Chamber of Commerce
Wright County Economic Development Partnership
- Enterprise Loan Fund (PDF)
- Initiative Foundation
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
- MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (MN DEED)
- Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services
- Small Business Development Center – St. Cloud State