Mora: A City for All Seasons

mora-dala-horse.JPGBusiness Opportunities Overview

Mora is a thriving small town with deep Swedish roots, symbolized by the Dala horse. The community is known for its international Vasaloppet cross-country ski race and its love of the outdoors. It is located “just north enough” to provide businesses with the escape of an “up north experience” and easy access to three major markets: the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and Duluth.

Rapidly Growing Regional Center

As the county seat of Kanabec County, Mora is a regional hub for shopping and entertainment, healthcare, recreation, community services, and manufacturing. It is located one hour north of Minneapolis/Saint Paul in one of the fastest growing regions of Minnesota. In fact, the region’s workforce grew at twice the pace of the rest of the state in the 2000s. Its population is projected to grow by 20% through 2035. That means Mora has an available workforce to meet the changing needs of new or expanding businesses.

Lower Cost of Doing Business

Mora lowers the cost of doing business for start-ups, expansions and relocations. It offers:

  • Lower taxes
  • Lower land costs - just $23,375/acre including all infrastructure
  • Lower building costs
  • Lower wages for skilled workers than metro area
  • Lower electric costs provided by responsive, municipal-owned utility


Heidi Steinmetz
Economic Development Director
Kanabec County EDA
18 Vine Street N.
Mora, MN 55051-1588


I am extremely happy with our employees that come in every day and give us their best efforts. I have worked for some very good companies but the group of people at OlymPak are the very best I've had the pleasure to work with, bar none.

Gary Syvertsen