International Falls is the northernmost city in Minnesota and the seat of Koochiching County. With a population of about 6,000 people, the city is located on the Rainy River, along the US / Canada border, and is the largest port of entry for international railroad traffic in the United States today. It includes significant paper industry operations, and is an important gateway for tourism, including for visitors to Voyageurs National Park.
CDG is working with International Falls to develop its new Comprehensive Plan and update its Zoning Code. The new plan is the city’s first in more than a half century (the most recent one was completed in 1966!).
Our work includes all aspects of plan development from community visioning to careful formulation of recommendations while working across a complex tapestry of organizations and governmental entities, from the Federal General Services Administration and the Canadian Consulate to the County Economic Development Authority and the local Chamber of Commerce.
The Plan will work across jurisdictions to identify solutions that diversify the community's economic base, leverage existing industry, drive tourism, and attract a new generation of residents.