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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.


Economic Composition of Southwest Minnesota: Industries and Performance
Completed September 2014
Local EDA/Organization: U of M Extension/Southwest Region
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Brigid Tuck, Senior Economic Impact Analyst Owusua Yamoah, Community Economics Intern Neil Linscheid, Extension Educator
Project Description: To analyze the economic composition of Southwest Minnesota, University of Minnesota Extension conducted an analysis of industry outputs, employment and wages, and interdependencies. Following is a report of key findings. This report is presented in partnership with the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Three main industries – manufacturing; agriculture and forestry; and professional and business services – drive Southwest Minnesota’s economy. Two of the driving industries – agriculture and manufacturing- have been growing in the past 10 years and have outperformed national and industry expectations. This provides a strong platform for continued growth. Southwest Minnesota’s agricultural and manufacturing industries are integrated, with the largest manufacturing sector (food) purchasing from local farm operations. A caution, as of the time of this publication, there are predictions for relatively low grain prices for the 2014 harvest. This could significantly impact the strength of the agricultural industry.
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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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