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.
Our community economics educators consult with regions and communities in Minnesota. These consultations help communities tailor their approach to addressing local concerns on topics such as:
- Attracting new residents
- Growing retail trade
- Retaining community businesses
- Supporting rural business succession
- Strengthening community support for entrepreneurs
- Understanding local economy changes
Economic development during COVID-19
Looking for ways to inform and support your community during these uncertain times? Find below community-economic focused news articles, research reports, webinars and events.
Read about Extension community economic research and community stories.
Latino-owned businesses in Minnesota deal with added disparities in their access to state and federal COVID-19 relief programs.
Read about case studies that tell the stories of four communities that focused on business retention when the pandemic hit Minnesota.
Listen to conversations with community leaders and members about vital economic topics.
(10/22/2020) The tourism industry has been impacted by the pandemic. Listen as we discuss the state of Minnesota’s tourism…
(6/10/2020) COVID-19 has impacted businesses differently. Listen as we discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on retail and the…
Discover Extension research reports to help your community and community leaders find answers to critical questions.
Economic impact of projects leveraged by the Minnesota Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit: fiscal year 2020
Read an analysis of the Minnesota Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit and learn how it is impacting industry output, labor and employment.
In 2019, the Long Lake Conservation Center contributed an estimated $1.1 million in economic activity to Aitkin County’s economy. Learn more findings from Extension's study.
Latino firms are slightly more likely to indicate a significant negative effect from COVID-19 than the broader business community. Read about more research findings.
MVRRA rail line operations generated an estimated $3.8 million of economic activity in 2019. Read more economic findings from Extension's research.
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