Why is Becker great for business?
Becker is an energy rich community with a variety of amenities to support large scale industrial and manufacturing businesses, local agricultural companies and small locally owned businesses. Conveniently located along Highway 10 in Sherburne County, Becker is only 16 miles from the regional hub city of St. Cloud and 45 miles from downtown Minneapolis. Travel is easy for Becker residents, as the City is located approximately 50 minutes of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and 20 minutes from the St. Cloud Regional Airport. Properties located in the industrial park have potential to access the BNSF rail line from a city-owned rail spur and abundant power from Xcel Energy's "Sherco" plant.
Becker has access to a robust labor market of more than 98,000 people living within a 20-mile radius. Numerous higher education institutions, including St. Cloud State University, Anoka-Ramsey Community College and North Hennepin Community College, are located within a short commute.
The City of Becker takes pride in the collaborative efforts between the City and local businesses. For example, Liberty Paper, Inc., in partnership with the City, was recognized by the Central States Water Environment Association for the proactive efforts taken to reduce environmental impacts relating to wastewater.