Overall, the City of Jordan has over 40 acres of industrial park space available. In 2001, utilities were installed and new roads recently paved in the new Timberline Industrial Park. Parcels in Timberline Industrial Park range in sizes 1.5 to 28 acres.
Jordan’s largest employers include: Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, andS.M. Hentges & Sons, Inc. Other noteworthy employers include: Jordan Transformer,Siwek Lumber & Millwork, Jordan Public Schools, Wolf Motors and Radermacher’s Fresh Market.
The City of Jordan promotes local economic development via the Jordan Economic Development Authority. City staff are eager to assist businesses with tax increment and tax abatement financing, site selection, and other key components of business growth. Three very active commercial lenders in Jordan, Frandsen Bank, HomeTownBank,and Riverland Bank, whose financial strengths benefit a wide range of economic development projects.
Some of Jordan’s best features are hard to measure: community pride, hometown friendliness, and a rural setting among farms, orchards and open lands- come see for yourself, come to Jordan!
The City of Jordan utilizes a number of tools to promote local economic development, including the following:
- Facade Improvement Program (Downtown Matching Grant)
- Building Code Improvement Grant
- Commercial Kitchen Revolving Loan Program
- Jobs for Fees Program
- Tax Increment Financing
- Tax Abatement
A progressive school district, residents in ISD #717 approved a $23 million referendum for a new high school, creation of a middle school and expansion of the elementary school. Located on a 130-acre campus, current student-teacher ratios for K-6 and grades 7-12 are 23:1. Jordan’s educational system is also comprised of both public and parochial opportunities. In downtown Jordan, St. John’s Catholic School has been teaching area K-6 students for generations.
Approximately 70% of ISD #717 graduates pursue post-secondary education. Jordan is within 25 minutes of Normandale Community College and South Hennepin Technical Institute; within 40 minutes of Minnesota State University – Mankato, the University of Minnesota and 17 other colleges and universities throughout the Twin Cities.
Today, Jordan is a relatively young and rapidly growing community. In the fastest growing county in Minnesota, Scott County, the most recent census population counts for Jordan are approximately 6,500 people. City staff expects the city population to increase over 100 people annually. It is estimated over 50% of Jordan’s population is under 30 and 70% is under 40. Jordan’s median age is 29.2, which is three years younger than the state median age.
Public Services and Health Care
The City provides all of the amenities of a major city center: fire, police, street and utility services to both residential and business customers. The downtown area provides access to a variety of shopping, banking, medical, and professional services. The Jordan Public Library, located downtown, participates in a regional interlibrary loan system. Area health services include dentistry, chiropractic and a family medical clinic. Valley View Health Care Center, a licensed long-term care facility, provides excellent care to elderly patients. Emergency and medical recovery are only ten minutes to St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Queen of Peace Hospital and Fairview Hospital and Clinics are fifteen minutes away!
Jordan’s residents are justly proud of their city and surrounding county parks. Lagoon Park, encompassing over 30 acres within the city limits, includes Mill Ponds, Sand Creek waterfalls, an old fashioned gazebo and numerous areas of playground equipment. The park’s spacious, shady grounds are the site of the city’s annual old-world Heimatfest (German for “Home Festival”) and other celebrations.
Within five minutes of Jordan lies an expanse of open public lands for camping, recreation, and outdoor equipment. The Minnesota Valley Trails State Park, which begins just west of Jordan, winds lazily through the lush river bottom fields and woodlands of the Minnesota River. The Minnesota River Valley provides over 25 miles of trails for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and horseback riding.
Jordan’s golfing is becoming nationally recognized. A championship golf course, Ridges at Sand Creek, was nominated as one of the nation’s best public courses in Golf Digest. Other high-quality golf courses, including Mystic Lakes, The Wilds, Stonebrooke, and Valley View Golf Club are located within a fifteen-minute drive of Jordan.
The Jordan Brewers, a men’s amateur baseball team, attracts a loyal following at home games in one of Minnesota’s finest amateur baseball parks, “the Mini-Met”. The City also supports several recreational programs and community education activities through a cooperative effort with the school district.
The major transportation arterial serving Jordan’s business and residential community is U.S. Highway 169. This four-lane highway is the primary link between the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and southwestern Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas. The daily traffic counts on Highway 169 are estimated at 26,500 vehicles per day during weekdays. Traffic counts are expected to increase to over 37,000 daily by 2025.
Jordan is easily accessible with two railroad lines and quick routes to metro airports. One railroad line runs through the City and a major Chicago-Northwestern rail line travels along Highway 169, making rail service available to Jordan’s commercial/industrial areas. Jordan is also 17 miles from Flying Cloud Airport and 20 miles from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.
With only two stoplights in town, it takes a few minutes to travel within the City or to get on to Highways 169, 282, and 21. Access to Highway 169 will only improve when the City of Jordan completes an interchange design with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. When completed, this design will remove the traffic lights at the intersection of Highways 169 & 282 in Jordan as part of a plan to eventually remove all traffic lights between Interstate 494 and the City of Mankato.
Xcel Energy, Center Point Energy, Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative, Frontier Communications and Comcast provide utilities. Frontier provides full business phone services and capacity throughout the south metro area and even operates a digital switching in Jordan. Comcast is a supplier of high-speed internet, phone and television services.
In addition, the City provides water and sewer services to its residents and businesses. A $7.0 million wastewater treatment facility began operations in 2002. In that same time, a new water tower was constructed and two wells were drilled, with another well expected soon. Investments such as these assure that the City of Jordan is ready to provide for residents and businesses today and meet residential, commercial and industrial growth in the future.
Starting a Business
Thinking about starting a business? Check out these great resources on how to get started. Be sure to contact city staff at 952-492-2535 to hear how we can help with our economic development programs.