Olivia is a rural community located 90 miles west of the Twin Cities in one of the most productive agricultural areas in the United States. In 2004, Olivia was designated the Corn Capital of the World by the Minnesota Senate, and Olivia's Memorial Park includes the largest ear of corn in the Unites States. Olivia is home to the world's highest concentration of seed research and processing companies.
In 1992, Olivia and seven other cities joined together to form MMPA. Olivia also receives power under a long-term contract with the Western Area Power Administration.