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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 education helps communities grow their local leadership capacity.


Community Tourism Development

Assisting Minnesota communities that seek to promote local economic growth through tourism.

Customer Service Education

Workshops and training for trainers help businesses and governments provide customer service to customers from many cultures.

Festival & Event Management

Training for event managers makes festivals and events successful and fun.

Research Services

Custom research services and packaged research opportunities for organizations and communities.

Community Economics

Business Retention & Expansion

Community-based research creates a community-driven plan to support local business.

Making it Home

A series of local events and discussions help small towns create a community-wide vision for attracting new residents.

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 and downtown market analysis.

Applied Research

Building Trust in Communities

Trust in communities is linked to stronger volunteerism, healthier residents, and economic prosperity. Read more about trust

Episode 9: The Child Care Challenge for Minnesota's Workforce

Center for Rural Policy and Development

Listen as we talk about child care challenges facing Minnesota workers.

Two for You video series

Extension educators share positive psychology research to help you live and lead with intention.

Thriving in times of change

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

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