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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.

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:

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.

Stories of adaptation, resilience and compassion: Celebrating Asian American History Month in Minnesota

How much do you know about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders? Learn about their stories and how to engage more meaningfully with them.

What’s happening with Minnesota’s economy?

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.

Hidden breadth and depth of Minnesota tourism

What makes a person officially a visitor? Learn how the tourism industry in Minnesota may be bigger than what you see.

Connect the great outdoors to residents and visitors

As we celebrate Earth Day, let's reflect on how access to the outdoors enriches visitors’ and residents’ experiences within a community.

 

Listen to conversations with community leaders and members about vital economic topics.

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    Minnesota tourism during the pandemic

    (10/22/2020) The tourism industry has been impacted by the pandemic. Listen as we discuss the state of Minnesota’s tourism…

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    Impacts on retail

    (6/10/2020) COVID-19 has impacted businesses differently. Listen as we discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on retail and the…

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    Economists on the economy

    (6/3/2020) Today, the dial is moving, and businesses are reopening. What can communities do to support business now?…

 

Discover Extension research reports to help your community and community leaders find answers to critical questions.

Economic impact of proposed food entrepreneurship incubation center in North Minneapolis

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.

Economic impact of projects leveraged by the Minnesota Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit: fiscal year 2021

Approved projects will produce an estimated $1.4 billion of economic activity in Minnesota. Read more findings.

Immigrant entrepreneurship in Northwest Minnesota

How can communities help immigrant entrepreneur business owners? Find some ideas and watch interviews from two case studies.

Karlstad farm elevator closure

The loss of three jobs is predicted to cause a decline in economic output of an estimated $698,200 in Kittson County. Read more about the economic impact.

 

Explore our webinars (live and on-demand offerings) or register for a course/event to learn about community economics.

Webinars

Community economics webinars

Find webinars on community economic topics. Learn how to attract and retain businesses and residents, grow retail sales and understand economic changes.

Growing tourism leadership online course

Looking to grow your career in tourism? Extension's Tourism Center offers a six-part online series to strengthen your knowledge and leadership skills. Learn more and register today.

Sustaining your local economy in turbulent times

How are your community's businesses managing in this pandemic? We are hosting this webinar series to inspire and encourage you with stories of community economic resilience during this stressful time.

Tourism recovery and beyond

Watch a three-part webinar series on-demand. Learn about measuring the economic effects of festivals and events, the impact of new residents, and agritourism and agriculture.

Videos

Watch Extension educators share analysis and insight on research topics important to our local communities. Visit our YouTube page for more videos.

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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