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    Community-based research creates a community-driven plan to support local business.
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    Workshops and research reports using IMPLAN data help decision-makers respond to changes in economies.
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    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.
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    Workshops and online resources engage community groups in conversation about public value, public finance and land economics.

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The habits of highly successful facilitators

Successful community efforts start with successful meetings. Effective facilitation is key. More

Community features

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

Walmart communities find there is room for more

Walmart has changed the retail landscape in Greater Minnesota. What kind of businesses can thrive alongside the discount retailer? More

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