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Economic development

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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:

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.

COVID-19 takes its toll on Minnesota’s craft brewing industry

Job and revenue loss and postponed expansions are part of the impact on Minnesota breweries from COVID-19.

Latino businesses face barriers to COVID-19 relief funds

Latino-owned businesses in Minnesota deal with added disparities in their access to state and federal COVID-19 relief programs. 

Game-changing analysis puts spotlight on Rochester’s small businesses

Read about the economic impact of small businesses in Rochester and Olmsted County, Minnesota.

Extension studies community responses to business retention during COVID-19

Read about case studies that tell the stories of four communities that focused on business retention when the pandemic hit Minnesota.

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

Person opening the door to the Travel Information Center in Central, Minn.

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…

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…

Economists on the economy

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

Community research

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

Economic impact of projects leveraged by the Minnesota Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit: fiscal year 2020

Read an analysis of the Minnesota Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit and learn how it is impacting industry output, labor and employment.

Economic contribution of Minnesota’s craft brewing industry and the impact of COVID-19

Results from a Minnesota craft brewer survey show an 18 percent drop in sales and a 10 percent decrease in jobs due to COVID-19 restrictions. Read more findings from Extension's study.

Economic contribution of the Long Lake Conservation Center

In 2019, the Long Lake Conservation Center contributed an estimated $1.1 million in economic activity to Aitkin County’s economy. Learn more findings from Extension's study.

Impact of COVID-19 on Latino-owned firms in Minnesota

Latino firms are slightly more likely to indicate a significant negative effect from COVID-19 than the broader business community. Read about more research findings.

Education and trainings

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.

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.

Webinar series: The tourism industry and COVID-19

Four webinars about the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry, recovery strategies, retaining tourism businesses, and DIY research to know your customers post-pandemic.

Tourism recovery and beyond

Join our three-part webinar series this spring. Learn about the economic effects of festivals and events, the impact of new residents, and destination management.

Videos

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

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Extension educators work in communities with partners throughout Minnesota. Contact us for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.

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