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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.
Read about case studies that tell the stories of four communities that focused on business retention when the pandemic hit Minnesota.
Is online ordering right for your business? Read about the benefits and challenges MANNA Food Co-op had using Shopify to sell products online.
Listen to conversations with community leaders and members about vital economic topics.
(6/10/2020) COVID-19 has impacted businesses differently. Listen as we discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on retail and the…
(6/3/2020) Today, the dial is moving, and businesses are reopening. What can communities do to support business now?…
Discover Extension research reports to help your community and community leaders find answers to critical questions.
An updated summary of economic changes during COVID-19, especially among industries and communities most vulnerable to job loss.
A BRE strategy focused on existing businesses is vital for local economic development. Learn about Wadena County's program, steps taken, and priority projects.
How can you support retailers during this pandemic? Learn key steps taken by Saint Paul, Minn. to help their local retail businesses thrive.
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Extension educators work in communities with partners throughout Minnesota. Contact us for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.