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John Bennett



Northeast Minnesota


Phone: 218-726-6471
Fax: 218-726-6499

Cloquet Forestry Center
179 University Rd
Cloquet MN 55720-9506



  • B.S., Geography and Urban and Regional Studies, University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • M.A., Public Policy and Administration, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Work experience

John has been providing Community Economics programming for the Center for Community Vitality since 2007. John comes to Extension with a background in public finance, community development and city and regional planning. As a Community Economics Educator, John delivers programs that address technology adoption, business and industry climate, food access, economic impact analysis, tourism issues, market and consumer analysis, public finance, and Internet literacy. In addition, he is involved with several collaborative economic development initiatives in the Arrowhead region in northeastern Minnesota, including the city of Duluth's initiatives to attract and retain young adults in the community and research on food access in Duluth neighborhoods.

Affiliations, honors and community service

  • Member: Economic Development Association of Minnesota; Community Development Society; National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals; Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation — Attracting and Retaining Young Adults Initiative; Iron Range Economic Alliance; Great Lakes Urban Exchange; Business Retention and Expansion International; Fuse Duluth Leadership Council
  • Awards: Minnesota Association of Community and Leadership Education Professionals Research Award — Food Access in Duluth's Lincoln Park Neighborhood; North American Community Development Extension Professionals Community Development Award, Programming—Food Access in Duluth's Lincoln Park Neighborhood
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