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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 Economic Impact of a Beef Packing Plant Closure in Windom, Minnesota
Completed December 2015
Local EDA/Organization: City and County of Windom
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Gabriel Appiah, Community Economic Intern at the University of Minnesota Exension Center for Community Vitality Brigid Tuck, Economic Impact Analyst at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality Neil Linscheid, Extension Educator and Program Manager for Economic Impact Analysis at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality
Project Description: On Monday, October 12, 2015, the management of PM Beef Holding LLC in Windom, Minnesota announced its intention to cease operations at its facility. The plant will close on December 11, 2015 and management expects the action to be permanent. This came as a surprise to the Windom community, as accentuated by one of the employees, – “it is disappointing to lose it as a source, even though it was not a major player as far as the local commercial herds”. PM Beef Holding LLC was started in the 1990s. The company is a processor and supplier of meat products to consumers, retailers, and foodservice operations. As the City of Windom absorbs this announcement, city and county leaders will need to consider implications for the future of their community. That future will affect on the economy of Windom and Cottonwood County. In response, University of Minnesota Extension has prepared this economic emergency report. This report is presented in partnership with EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
EDA Center Involvement:
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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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