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All in-person Extension meetings, events and classes are canceled through Friday, May 15.

Economic development

Helping communities navigate their economic future

Extension helps Minnesota communities develop an economic strategy. Through applied research, education, and consultation, communities can choose a path supported by community members.

Community economics

Our educators consult with Minnesota regions and communities. These consultations help them tailor their approach to addressing local concerns on topics such as:

Our economic projects

Extension research helps communities and community leaders find answers to critical questions. Learn more about Extension research.

The below projects are based on our applied research.



Lakeland Currents 1009 – current state of rural development

Second homeowners bring benefits to communities

How rural towns can find their retail niche

Consult with us

Community economics • Leadership and civic engagement • Tourism

Extension educators work in communities with partners throughout Minnesota. Contact us for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.

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