Doing Business in Scott County
Welcome to Scott County!
In addition to being a part of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, Scott County has convenient access to all modes of transportation, a diverse workforce, friendly business climate and a variety of housing options. Strong schools, countless entertainment options, plenty of green space and endless shopping opportunities help to make Scott County a safe bet - not just for businesses but also for the workers companies hope to recruit and retain.
Take a look at what people are saying about working with the communities and staff in Scott County:
"Scott County has been exceptional to deal with. They have a pro-active mindset and are incredibly responsive. I could not be more pleased with my interactions with the City of Shakopee. Everyone from the City staff, the EDA and the Mayor has been very accommodating to find win-win solutions for the City and our tenants."
- Casey Hankinson, VP of Development, Ryan Companies US, Inc.
"Scott County has positioned itself well for growth by preparing land and infrastructure for development. It has also been creative and responsive when working with companies to understand their needs and how Scott County can participate with them to meet those needs."
- David Griggs, VP Business Investment, GREATER MSP
"The City of New Prague was very responsive early on in the process to put the financial package together to help navigate and create the roadmap for us, and then through the execution of the project they were incredibly helpful all the way through to help point us in the right direction so that we could do what we needed to do to get the appropriate approvals and those kinds of things."
- Bruce Lyman, VP Facilities and Business Development, Chart Industries, Inc.
New Employers and Major Expansions in Scott County 2015 - 2016
|Elander Mechanical||Plumbing & HVAC Contractors|
|Rahr Corporation||Other Grocery and Related Products Merchant Wholesaler|
Scott County Regional Labor Market Information (Updated Feb. 2017)
|Period||County||Planning Region||State||County Rank
(Out of 87
|Population Change||Annual 2015||2,190||26,276||32,469||9|
|Working Age (18-64) population (% of total)||Annual 2014||61.90%||63.90%||62.20%||17|
|Population (> 24) with more than a HS diploma (%)||2010-2015 5-Year Estimate||94.60%||92.80%||92.30%||5|
|Labor Force||December 2016||78,384||1,638,954||2,977,719||9|
|Per capita income (dollars)||2010-2014 5-Year Estimate||$35,690||$34,593||$31,642||5|
|Employment, Annual Average||Annual 2015||45,274||1,675,386||2,774,450||9|
|Employment, Quarter Average||Q3, 2016||49,507||1,709,539||2,835,325||9|
|Employment Change from Year Prior||Q3, 2016||2,860||28,934||43,705|
|Mean travel time to work (minutes)||2010-2014 5-Year Estimate||26.4||25.0||23.0||9|
|Projected Employment Change (#)||2024 Projections||N/A||79,931||130,000||N/A|
|Projected Employment Change (%)||2024 Projections||N/A||4.4%||4.3%||N/A|
|Number Unemployed||December, 2016||2,680||55,856||120,589||79|
|Unemployment Rate||December, 2016||3.4%||3.4%||4.0%||9|
|Population (18-64) below poverty (%)||2010-2014 5-Year Estimate||5.1%||9.9%||11.0%||86|
|Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance||January, 2017||434||9,490||22,142||78|
|Initial Claims Change from Year Prior||January, 2017||-14%||-3%||-7%||29|
|Job Vacancies||Q2, 2016||N/A||53,984||97,580||N/A|
|Average Weekly Wage||Annual 2015||$897||$1,160||$1,030||8|
|Median Hourly Wage for All Employees||Q1, 2016||N/A||$20.79||$18.88||N/A|
Making Informed Decisions
The information contained on this website is intended to provide you with a broad range of data regarding different aspects of doing business in our communities. Please note that this information presented on the Scott County First Stop Shop (FSS) website is based on the cited data provided by reliable sources, such as the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
If there is additional information you are looking for or you'd like a more detailed report, please feel free to contact the FSS and we will be happy to help you.