Washington County Community Development Agency

Washington County has a wide range of development and housing opportunities; from older, fully- developed communities like Newport and Oakdale to rapidly changing cities like Woodbury and Hugo to quiet rural area towns like Scandia and Lakeland. Home to nearly a quarter-million people on the eastern edge of the Twin Cities metro area, Washington County has doubled in size in the last 30 years and is projected to add another 84,000 people in the next 20 years.

Visit www.wchra.com and learn why business investment in Washington County makes economic sense.

7645 Currell Boulevard
Woodbury, MN 55125 USA


Forest Lake Area Schools

The Forest Lake Area School District has worked hard to design a quality educational system that prepares students for the world.

The Forest Lake Area School District 831 is located 30 miles north of the Twin Cities, along the I-35 corridor that runs north to Duluth. It is an area dotted by lakes, rolling hills, woods, and small towns. Many residents enjoy our rural, small town life and find they can easily commute to the Twin Cities area.

The academic efforts of our students are supported by excellent teachers (67% of our staff have earned a Masters Degree), challenging curriculum, technology, high standards and a safe learning environment. The school district’s strong traditional academic program is enhanced by award-winning co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, gifted education offerings and a full range of special education programming.

6100 210th Street North
Forest Lake, MN 55025 


City of Wyoming

The City of Wyoming is a rapidly growing community located in Chisago County.  With a population approaching 7,000 Wyoming continues to experience residential and commercial growth.  Wyoming is conveniently located next to I35 and Hwy 8 about 30 minutes north of the Twin Cities.  Wyoming offers a great feel to live and work.

26855 Forest Boulevard
Wyoming, MN 55092 


City of Scandia – Economic Development Authority

Scandia, Minnesota  is a rural community located in northern Washington County, at the edge of  the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.  Known as New Scandia Township until its incorporation on January 1, 2007 as the City of Scandia, the community has a rich history as the first Swedish immigrants to Minnesota settled here.  The historic village area (located around the intersection of Oakhill Rd. and Olinda Trail) business community provides many goods and services and is the focal point of community life. Scandia’s 39.7 square miles represent a scenic, rolling landscape dotted with lakes, woodlands, farms and low density rural development.  The St. Croix River and Big Marine Lake are two of the natural gems that attract residents and visitors to our area.  Scandia’s population (2010 Census) is 3,934 persons in 1,703 households.

The Scandia Economic Development Authority strives to enhance Scandia’s long-term prosperity and enrich the quality of life of residents by retaining and growing existing businesses, recruiting new businesses and expanding life-cycle housing opportunities for residents.

14727 209th Street North
Scandia, MN 55073 


City of Forest Lake

The City of Forest Lake is a rapidly growing, attractive suburban community located in the northwestern corner of Washington County. The City is conveniently located off Highways 35E and 35W and is part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In addition to the beauty of our lakes, residents are fond of agricultural pursuits, the small-town feel and family-friendly amenities. The City has a variety of facilities for youth and adult activities including a new sports center for hockey and skating, ball fields and 3 golf courses. The City hosts many parks with various amenities including a swimming beach, playgrounds, picnic facilities, hiking and biking trails, horseback riding facilities and snowmobile trails.

The City is home to the Forest Lake Area School District 831 which provides excellent teachers, challenging curriculum, technology, high standards and a safe learning environment. Forest Lake also offers several other private and public school options including the Lakes International Language Academy.

Forest Lake’s greatest asset, however, is the people who live and work here. Hundreds of residents volunteer in City-sponsored programs and on various advisory boards; many more take an active role in community life by donating their time through City projects, local churches, schools, civic and youth groups, and other organizations.

We invite you to explore Forest Lake and discover the great opportunities that make us a truly remarkable City and why Forest Lake is As Good As It Sounds!

1408 Lake Street South
Forest Lake, MN 55025