Economic Development

Economic Development

The City of Edina strives to be the premiere place for living, learning, raising families and doing business. Edina’s business community is thriving, from Edina’s downtown at 50th Street and France Avenue, to Grandvew and Southdale.

Edina, a first-ring Minneapolis suburb, is well situated in the southwest metro six miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and about 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. It is situated along several major highways, including Minnesota State Highways 62 and 100, U.S. Highway 169 and Interstate Highway 494. Edina is easily connected to the entire metro, making it an attractive place for a variety of businesses.

Thriving business clusters dot the City, from professional, retail and light industrial focused in the southern half of the City. While Edina’s population is 47,941 (U.S. Census 2010), more people work in Edina than actually live here. Major employers in the City include several Fortune 500 companies such as SpartanNash. Other major employers include Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina Public Schools, City of Edina, BI Worldwide, Regis Corporation, Barr Engineering, Lund Food Holdings, International Dairy Queen, Edina Realty and FilmTec Corporation, among others.

Major commercial shopping nodes include 50th & France, Edina’s downtown; Southdale Center, the nation’s first full-enclosed shopping mall; and Galleria, an upscale shopping mall connected to the Westin Hotel.

Local business start-ups thrive in Edina, like Hot Mama and Yogurt Lab, which start locally, then expand regionally and nationally. Both of these companies call 50th & France home.

Downtown Edina, a unique business neighborhood at West 50th Street and France Avenue on the border of Minneapolis and Edina, features more than 175 retails and professional services and 20 restaurants.

Prosperity has not happened by chance in Edina. The City has established several redevelopment districts to achieve outstanding success working in the spirit of public-private cooperation. Examples of this sprit include Centennial Lakes Park and Edinborough Park.

One of the City’s goals is to create a diverse and dynamic economy through the development of new businesses and the improvement of existing businesses. To achieve that goal, the City provides many tools and resources for Edina’s business community to prosper.

City staff is available to work with existing and potential businesses on:

  • Building expansions and new construction projects;
  • Providing assistance throughout the approval processes;
  • Locating available commercial and industrial sites for new and expanding businesses (existing buildings and vacant land); and
  • Identifying possible state, county and city financial assistance programs.

For more information, contact Economic Development Manager Bill Neuendorf at 952-826-0407 or

Parking FAQs

Click here to view FAQs about 50th & France parking permits.

Click here to download a fillable PDF application to purchase a permit in-person.

Daily Parking Permits:

Click here to purchase a 10-pack daily parking permit.

Where can employees park?
Employees with valid permits can park in:
  • all levels of the North Ramp,
  • on Levels 2 & 3 of the Center Ramp and
  • in the southwest portion of the rooftop (Level 3) of the South Ramp. 
Note that only employees with “premium” permits are allowed to park in the lowest level of the South Ramp.
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What are the rules for the lowermost level of the South Ramp?
The lowermost level is reserved 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for employees with valid “premium” permits. Premium parking spots do not correspond with permit numbers and are first-come-first-served. A limited number of premium permits are available each year.
After 4 p.m., this level is also available to customers and employees with a “regular” permit on a first-come-first-served basis. 

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