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Listed below are various publications from the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Publications listed come from projects EDA Center faculty and staff have completed, works published in magazines/journals and technical assistance requests. Technical assistance requests are typically planning, research or technical projects that have a direct or indirect impact on job creation, business development or capital investment. All requests are reviewed by EDA Center staff, as well as the EDA Center Advisory Board; and those requests selected comprise our annual work plan. For more information regarding the EDA Center's RFA process click here.


Minnesota Foreign Trade Zone Project
Completed February 2012
Local EDA/Organization: The Minnesota Foreign Trade Zone Commission
EDA Center Faculty/Staff:
Denis Maier, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Crookston

Art Nash, U of M Extension Service
Project Description: The Minnesota Foreign Trade Zone Commission has requested assistance from The EDA Center to develop a marketing plan for the Commission to better reach rural manufacturing firms in their use of Foreign Trade Zones. The development of such foreign trade zones can greatly help businesses manage their inventory of imported goods and reduce their overall costs due to import tariffs.
EDA Center Involvement: •Develop a plan to help educate rural Minnesota businesses in their understanding of the use of foreign trade zones.
•Create functional connections between the Commission and rural- based businesses and manufacturers; especially those located in Northwest Minnesota.
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This document was prepared by the University of Minnesota, Crookston under award number 06-66-05709 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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