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Buffalo’s Mission is to be a community where excellence and experience come together. The Vision for the community is to continue to grow by fostering an environment of superior services, innovation in all areas, and a safe environment to live, work and play. Every citizen will accept responsibility and will be accountable for success!

Buffalo is a mix of small community charm and suburban amenities with a lakeside, pedestrian-friendly core downtown centered around the beautiful Sturges Park and its lakeside walk. Residents and visitors enjoy availability of large retailers along the Highway 55 and Highway 25 corridors, as well as top notch medical facilities located in the community and a stellar school system.

Buffalo is ideally located within about a half-hour drive of both the Twin Cities and St. Cloud metropolitan areas with easy access via the state highway system.

The Buffalo City Council has established goals for the community that are forward-thinking, dynamic and focused on continued development within the community while preserving the distinct community identity.

Information listed below is intended to give you a first look at the community, resources and partnerships that may be available for businesses interested in locating in the City of Buffalo. City Staff will be happy to speak with you to discuss your project and look for opportunities to help you locate here. Thank you for considering.

Buffalo Business Opportunities Video

We are proud to present the video linked above as an introduction to our community.  Please view this as well as the information below and contact city staff for more information.

Business District Interactive Map

This map gives descriptions of commercial areas where you may want to locate your business and an interactive aerial view.  Contact city staff for more information about buildings or lots that may be available.

Business Ready Infrastructure Information

Available City-Owned Commercial Sites

Wright County Economic Development Video

2018 Demographics/Economic Profile

Community Development Update – August 2021

Downtown 2040 Plan

Downtown Plan Update – October 2018

Downtown Vision Study – 2007

Comprehensive Plan – 2007

Housing Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan -2019

Historic Context Study – 2011


Downtown Housing  – New in 2020 

60-Unit All Ages Apartments (Studio, One, Two and Three- Bedroom) – 204 1st Ave NW- Alo Apartments – Opened Fall 2020 . Additional information about how tax credit financing for housing works can be found here: Tax Credit Housing – Alo Apts

90-Unit Senior Housing (Combination of Apartments, Assisted Living and Care Suites) – 150 Division St E – Havenwood – Opened June 2020


City Financing Options

A range of financial assistance programs may be available to new and growing businesses.

*For more information please contact: Planning Specialist David Kelly at 763-684-5407 

Local Assistance Programs – Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

Low-Interest Loan Gap Financing Programs for Qualified Projects – Housing and Redevelopment Authority


Other Potential Programs Available

Grant and Loan Programs through the State of Minnesota – Department of Employment and Economic Development

Small Business Programs and Assistance with Business Plans –  Wright County Economic Development Partnership

Grants and Financing Assistance – Initiative Foundation

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