Business View Magazine | Volume 8, Issue 8

168 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 8, ISSUE 8 T he city of Brainerd, Minnesota is the heart of the Brainerd lakes region and so everything they do has a regional spin. On the other hand, the city is the industrial and commercial hub of the county and almost all the banking, industry, and employment are centered there. The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD) is a key asset supporting all that economic development – as such, the airport team is keen to start taking advantage of the excellent strategic location and is actively working on creating an environment that will attract business and industry. “This is the middle of the prime season for Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport,” reports Airport Director Steven Wright. “When you fly in here you are going to see the Minnesota environment at its finest. This is Northwoods Minnesota, as far away from the hustle and bustle of all the city life that you can be.” He goes on to point out that the summer is the peak season for the airport, but that the region is renowned for all four seasons. Brainerd Lakes is surrounded by far more water than land – but the gorgeous hardwood forests make up for that in a big way. In other words, it is the perfect tourist destination. “We are almost like an oasis in the greenery,” says Wright, “with these two beautiful runways.” Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport encompasses 2,597 acres and has two active runways with concrete surfaces. The first is 7,100 by 150 feet, while the second is 6,512 by 150. There is also a separate AT A GLANCE BRAINERD LAKES REGIONAL AIRPORT WHAT: A progressive general aviation and commercial airport WHERE: Three miles northeast of Brainerd, Minnesota in Crow Wing County WEBSITE: kes irport An oasis in Northwoods Minnesota