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Research Publications

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 Intelligent Rural Communities
Completed January 2013
Local EDA/Organization: The EDA Center
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Jack M. Geller, Ph.D.-EDA Center Director Eddie Walker, M.A. & M.S.-Research Analyst
Project Description: In 2010, the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) project began with the intent of asking one question… do community programs designed to promote broadband awareness, adoption, and deployment work in rural Minnesota? To answer this question, the Blandin Foundation funded MIRC project coordinated approximately 100 separate community-based projects across the 11 demonstration communities in rural Minnesota. With the help of PCs for People, University of Minnesota Extension office, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minnesota Learning Com-mons, Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace, and all regional development commissions across greater Minnesota the MIRC project distributed over 2,000 computers to low-income families, conducted over 31,000 hours of training to approximately 9,000 individuals and over 2,000 small rural businesses, and also reached over 250,000 rural Minnesotans over the past two years.
EDA Center Involvement:
Download Report (1587KB PDF)
MIRC Baseline Report (978KB PDF)
Final IFC Report (1638KB PDF)

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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