Research for communities
Extension's connecting businesses and community program mobilizes towns to ask businesses what they need to thrive.
How will a change in local industry, business, policy or public finance affect jobs and revenue in your community? Extension's economic impact analysis helps you understand how your local economy works.
Do you have an economic development question that affects your community? Let us know. The EDA Center studies economic development concerns in Minnesota.
How would a local sales tax affect your community? Extension's local option sales tax analysis can help you understand its potential impact to residents and visitors and estimated proceeds.
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.
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.
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.
We have done extensive studies on community-focused topics. Explore our research and learn about local economies, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, local foods, developing tourism and more.