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Leadership and Civic Engagement

  • Civic Engagement
    Educational cohorts, consultations and materials help local leaders engage citizens in decisions, design successful community meetings, and understand and grow social capital.
  • Leadership
    Leadership education helps communities grow their local leadership capacity.


Community Economics

  • Business Retention & Expansion
    Community-based research creates a community-driven plan to support local business.
  • Understanding Economic Change
    Workshops and research reports using IMPLAN data help decision-makers respond to changes in economies.
  • Retail Analysis and Development
    Local retail sector data and community discussions help businesses know and grow their retail customer base. Find information about market area profiles, retail trade analysis, downtown market analysis and e-Marketing.

Applied Research

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Thriving in times of change

What makes us proud of where we live today is often the result of decisions made decades ago. More

Community features

Articles from the Center for Community Vitality's Vital Connections newsletter.

Turning over the keys to rural businesses

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Rural communities face change as baby boomers turn businesses over to the next generation.

Creating community across generations

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Five generations of Minnesotans are now living and working together in communities.

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