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
- Informing retail recovery in 87 counties
- 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.
New Tourism Center Director Xinyi Qian shares thoughts on challenges and opportunities.
From inflation to the job market, recent headlines share some stunning economic news. Learn about the data behind this news and how it's impacting our current economy.
What makes a person officially a visitor? Learn how the tourism industry in Minnesota may be bigger than what you see.
Listen to conversations with community leaders and members about vital economic topics.
Discover Extension research reports to help your community and community leaders find answers to critical questions.
In 2021, the SMBSC generated $808.5 million of economic activity and supported 4,900 jobs in their 20-county region. Read more key findings.
In the PEC service area, 24 business visits were completed between August and December 2021. Read a summary of their BRE program findings.
An estimated 9,379 visitors generated $2.1 million of economic activity in Polk County. Read the report for more key findings.
A direct effect is an estimated $14.8 million in output and 205 jobs. It also helps residents access affordable and healthy foods. Read for more findings.
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Extension educators work in communities with partners throughout Minnesota. Contact us for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.