Garrison, ND: Economic Development

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Providing economic development services in
Garrison, North Dakota and the surrounding area.


Mission Statement
To create an environment that will aid the retention and expansion of existing businesses within the community and encourage the development and success of all area business.


The Garrison Area Improvement Association (GAIA) is a non-profit economic development corporation dedicated to the progressive growth of Garrison and the surrounding area while maintaining an excellent quality of life. 


One of our primary functions is to provide business assistance for startups, expansions, and re-locations to the Garrison area. GAIA directly provides:

· Low Interest Loans

· Marketing Grants

· Business Improvement Grants

· Community Betterment Grants

· Assistance with business plans

· Grant writing

We also provide assistance such as locating sources of low cost financing or other services to facilitate and support the success of your business venture. 


GAIA also performs a wide variety of other services to support and benefit our existing businesses and community. 


Garrison is a progressive community providing a full range of retail businesses and service industries as well as excellent medical facilities.  Recreational opportunities in the area are outstanding and Lake Sakakawea is located approximately 4 miles south of Garrison.  Garrison hosts a wide variety of activities throughout the year to provide special attractions and entertainment for residents and visitors, to include the ever popular Dickens Village Festival. 


Garrison is a great place to live, work, and play.  If you are looking for a community that is progressive yet maintains small town values, we believe Garrison is what you are looking for.  Please feel free to contact us for assistance with not only your business needs, but also if you are seeking a new place to live or retire.   


Keith Witt, Executive Director

Garrison Area Improvement Association (GAIA)

42 N Main Street

PO Box 445

Garrison, ND

Phone: 701-463-2631 or 1-800-799-4242