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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.


Economic Emergency Program: Brainerd Paper Mill
Completed August 2013
Local EDA/Organization: U of M Extension Center for Community Vitality
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Brigid Tuck, Economic Impact Analyst Merritt Bussiere, Extension Educator Neil Linscheid, Extension Educator and Program Manager for Economic Impact Analysis
Project Description: When Wisconsin-based Wausau Paper announced the closing of its Brainerd paper mill in February of 2013, this left 134 people without jobs. One option for the community leaders and elected officials in Brainerd and Crow Wing County was to repurpose the mill into a facility intended to recycle old corrugated containers into new paper products used for packaging. U of M Extension conducted an economic impact analysis a repurposed mill would have on the local economy. What they found is if the plant were repurposed as proposed it could generate 330 jobs in Crow Wing County which would produce $19 million of labor income in the county. Of the jobs estimated to be generated 100 would be at the mill itself with 230 support jobs located across the community.
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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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