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Some of Lakeville’s gains were linked to the County Road 70 interchange that opened in 2009 on Interstate 35, said Dave Olson, community development director for the city of 56,440.
A new Wal-Mart sprang up nearby, bringing 300 full- and part-time jobs to town, Olson said. The city helped ImageTrend expand and add 46 jobs since 2009 by selling city land at a steep discount to the software developer, he said.
Uphoff noted that Lake- ville’s biggest gains were 475 jobs in the leisure and hospitality industry and 419 in manufacturing.
Edina’s big job jump of 3,285 was paced by more than 1,900 new jobs at insurance companies and 1,100 in health care, Uphoff said.
Edina’s medical district around Fairview Southdale has added jobs at small and larger firms in recent years, partly to serve an aging population, said Bill Neuendorf, economic development manager. He noted that the recent remodeling of Southdale Center also created hundreds of jobs.
While Edina is fully developed and has several thousand more jobs than its 49,000 residents could fill, most residents in Brooklyn Park and Lakeville go to work in other cities, officials said.
“Our goal,” Olson said, “is to create more quality jobs so people can live and work here.”
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