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Helping communities navigate their economic future

Extension's Community Economics team works with Minnesota communities as they develop their economic strategy, offering education, research, analysis and advice. With solid research and informed action, communities can chart courses that are realistic, well-informed, and supported by the community.

As a result of educators' consultation with regions and communities, they often tailor their approach to address local concerns. Our programs and expertise are able to address:

Learn about important topics in community economic development through articles, videos, and applied research reports.

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Economic Composition of Greater Minnesota

Greater Minnesota has diverse regional economies. Download regional reports. See your region's strengths. View short webinars. Read more.


Applied Research Reports

Extension research helps communities and community leaders discover answers to critical questions. All Community Vitality research and evaluation reports.

  • Business Retention and Expansion reports help communities decide on strategies that help their businesses thrive. Read samples
  • Communities have taken action to retain and expand the businesses in their own backyard. Read case studies
  • Economic Impact Analysis reports help communities understand the effects of economic change. Read reports
  • Retail Trade Analysis reports provide communities with a thorough understanding of their retail sector. Read reports
  • Economic Composition reports describe the diverse economy of Greater Minnesota. Read reports
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Lakeland Currents 1009 – Current State of Rural Development

Second Homeowners bring benefits to communities.

How Rural Towns can find their Retail Niche.

Greater Minnesota's Retail Economy

How Minnesota's Retail Economy Changed During the Recession

The Rural Economy

Greater Minnesota's Economic Composition: Industries and Performance – An Introduction

How Greater Minnesota fared during the Great Recession

Educators and specialists are ready to help your community discover answers and create its future.

Click on your region below to find the educator that serves you.

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