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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.


The IDEA Competition: The First Four Years
Completed May 2013
Local EDA/Organization: The EDA Center
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Jack M. Geller Christo Robberts Elizabeth Templin Eddie G. Walker, II Oxana Wieland Eyad Youssef
Project Description: The Northwest Minnesota Foundation requested The EDA Center examine the annual IDEA Competition and make recommendations to enhance the experience of the competition. In order to complete this project, The EDA Center interviewed a wide range of groups involved (both directly and indirectly) with the IDEA Competition: past participants, judges, sponsors, and the communities in which past participants reside. By interviewing past participants, judges, sponsors, and members of relevant communities we wanted to determine the IDEA Competition’s broader impact in northwest Minnesota as it relates to program awareness, impact on regional economic developers/bankers/financiers, and the ability of the program to foster a strong culture of entrepreneurship in the surrounding communities. The information we received from these four groups have allowed us to give the Northwest Minnesota Foundation vital recommendations to enhance the IDEA Competition as it moves forward.
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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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