Valley Technology Park

Valley Technology Park

The Valley Technology Park (VTP) is a business innovation facility--a business incubator designed to encourage the development of new and emerging companies with technology-oriented products or services. It includes individual offices, office clusters, and flexible technology or light manufacturing bays.

It is a true collaborative effort, involving the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), Minnesota Technology, the Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED), and several other organizations affiliated with the University of Minnesota, the City of Crookston, Polk County, NW Area Foundation and regional businesses and industry.


Valley Technology Park highlighted in pink on the campus map

Location on Campus
The Valley Technology Park's primary location is on the northeast side of the University of Minnesota Crookston campus, north of the Production Horticulture Facility and east of the University Teaching and Outreach Center

Valley Technology Park
2900 University Ave, Crookston MN 56716

Points of Interest

  • Affordable rental rates including basic utilities

  • Business planning and development assistance

  • Conference room

  • Shared secretarial and reception services

  • Shared access to copier, fax, and other office equipment

  • 24-hour security

  • On-site postal and freight services

  • One-on-one business counseling

  • Ample, free parking (for VTP Tenants and Guests)

  • Access to UMC campus facilities and services, including child care, library, audio/visual resources, conference facilities and cafeteria

  • Counseling regarding business licensure regulatory compliance, tax requirements, reporting, and other business topics

  • Referrals to technology, training and business seminars

Building History

Planning for what is now the Valley Technology Park began as early as the late 1980s. At that time the city of Crookston and UMN Crookston recognized that a collaboration between them and regional business and industry would be an important priority for economic development.

In December of 1994 the Regents of the University of Minnesota sold five acres of land adjacent to the UMN Crookston campus to the city for the purposes of creating a "business incubator park." Construction of the actual building began in late 1998, and the Valley Technology Park was opened for tenants on November 1, 1999.