Research for communities
Connecting businesses and community
How do you keep businesses in your community? Our Extension program mobilizes towns to ask businesses what they need to thrive.
Economic impact analysis
How will a change in local industry, business, policy or public finance affect jobs and revenue in your community? Extension's analysis helps you understand how your local economy works.
Economic development projects
Do you have an economic development question that affects your community? Let us know. The EDA Center studies economic development concerns in Minnesota.
Local option sales tax analysis
How would a local sales tax affect your community? Extension's analysis can help you understand the potential impact on residents and visitors and estimated proceeds.
Market area profiles
Do businesses in your community know what their customers want? Extension provides market area profiles that help local stores know and grow their retail base.
Retail trade analysis
Do you know what businesses attract shoppers to — and away from — your town? Extension's custom research reports can help you understand your retail strengths, gaps and opportunities.
Tourism assessment program
What is you community's potential for developing tourism? Our tourism assessment program helps you identify your local tourism assets and explore ways to diversify your economy through tourism.
How well do you know the visitors coming to your town? Extension offers research services to help your community understand and collect data on tourists.
Explore Extension research and learn about local economies, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, local foods, developing tourism, and more.