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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 and downtown market analysis.

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

Vital Connections newsletter articles and podcasts

Episode 4: ReGen

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What helps people stay in a community? Listen as ReGen talks about their work in Northwest Minnesota.

Building trust in communities

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Trust in communities is linked to stronger volunteerism, healthier residents, and economic prosperity.

Two for You video series

Two for You

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

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