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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
- 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 report shows ups and downs through the first quarter of 2020.
Why was our festival canceled? Understanding factors behind the decisions and keeping communities connected.
Learn why organizers around Minnesota have canceled some late summer and fall events and how organizers and community members can work together for the future of local events.
The travel and tourism industry is in depression from the pandemic. Read insight from national research and the industry, and learn key points to help the recovery process.
Discover Extension research reports to help your community and community leaders find answers to critical questions.
An economic analysis about jobs in Duluth, Minnesota during COVID-19. Learn about the potential impact on jobs and future growth.
Two hundred dairy processing plant jobs will be lost from closures in Rochester, Minnesota. Learn more key findings from Extension's economic emergency program research.
A summary of economic changes during COVID-19, especially among industries and communities most vulnerable to job loss.
In 2019, Vikings Verizon training camp attendees generated an estimated $5.7 million in economic activity. Learn more key findings from Extension's research.
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Extension educators work in communities with partners throughout Minnesota. Contact us for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.