Pembina County is a great place to start a new business, expand your current business or relocate. The Pembina County Job Development Authority conducted a Business Retention and Expansion Program in 2015-2016 and asked 49 local businesses, “What are the strengths of doing business in your community?” The top responses included:


  • Location
  • Positive Business Climate
  • Quality of Life
  • Cost of Living Low


Location:  Pembina County is located close to the Canadian border and has easy access to I-29, which runs north to Canada and south to Mexico.  This central location, combined with the strong rail infrastructure and top of the line communications infrastructure all make Pembina County a convenient place to do business. Most cities in Pembina County are less than two hours from two large population centers: Grand Forks, North Dakota and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Diversified Economy:  Manufacturing is the lead employment sector in the county providing almost 600 jobs, followed by agriculture, public administration, retail, healthcare, construction, wholesale trade, transportation and more.


Tourism and Outdoor Recreation:  Pembina County is often called the “four season playground” as it is home to 700 miles of snowmobile trails, ski/board/tube area, summer theater, 25 miles of off-highway vehicle trails, several non-motorized trails, adventure races, renowned fossil digs, fishing tournaments, a music festival, motorcycle ride in, and more.  The Rendezvous Region Tourism Council is working on further developing tourism in this region. 


For more information about the economic development programs and services offered in Pembina County, please contact the Pembina County JDA at 701-352-3550.


Business Financing Programs

Starting Your Business

North Dakota Tax Incentives

Workforce & Training

Pembina County Job Development Authority (JDA)