Reports: Business competitiveness

MSP Regional Indicator Dashboard
Greater MSP, May 2017, 2 pp.
Metrics measuring the MSP region on economic, environmental, and social outcomes.   more info >

Itasca Project: Our Regional Competitiveness Depends on Broadening Opportunities for a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce
Wilder Research, March 2017, 4 pp.
Discusses how the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region can benefit by building a more diverse workforce and presents a dashboard of Minneapolis-Saint Paul workforce indicators.   more info >

The Economic Potential of African Immigrants in Minnesota
Concordia University Saint Paul, May 2015, 45 pp.
Focusing on communities along transit corridors in the Twin Cities metro area, this report provides estimates of consumer spending, business activities, and civic contributions of African immigrants. The report helps to address gaps in census and other survey data.   more info >

The Changing Face of the Heartland: Preparing America's Diverse Workforce for Tomorrow
The Brookings Institution, March 2015
This Brookings Essay highlights the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region in a discussion of how metropolitan areas are preparing a more diverse workforce and how those efforts could potentially give the U.S. a competitive advantage in the 21st century economy. The essay discusses the efforts of organizations that are working to close education and employment gaps in the Twin Cities region.   more info >

Minnesota on the Move: Migration Patterns & Implications
Minnesota State Demographic Center, January 2015, 22 pp.
This report focuses on the role that migration will play in population change in Minnesota. It discusses potential implications and suggests opportunities to retain and attract people, focusing on building our labor force and a strong economic future.   more info >

Bringing Vitality to Main Street: How Immigrant Small Businesses Help Local Economies Grow
Fiscal Policy Institute, January 2015, 42 pp.
Looks at the role immigrants play as neighborhood business owners. Includes strategies for assisting immigrant businesses as a way to impact neighborhood revitalization and economic development. The report includes Minneapolis-St. Paul as a metro area case study.   more info >

Corridors of Opportunity
Wilder Research, April 2014, 95 pp.
This is a Twin Cities regional project to ensure that transit lines are planned with related developments (including jobs and affordable housing) so as to benefit low-income residents equitably as part of the overall economic development of the region.   more info >

Minnesota's Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model
PolicyLink, March 2014, 47 pp.
This report describes demographic trends in Minnesota, explains why equity matters for the state's economic future, and presents a set of policy ideas to build an equitable economy.   more info >

Greater MSP Regional Engineering Sector Study
Greater MSP, December 2013, 83 pp.
The Minneapolis/Saint Paul region is host to over 24,000 employed engineers – ranked 14th nationally. The region also graduates over 1,300 engineers in multiple programs at the BS, MS and PhD levels. Greater MSP is seeking to better understand the engineering resources and employment dynamics within their region and identify the types of industries that should be targeted to take full advantage of these resources.   more info >

Unemployment Disparity in Minnesota
State Advisory Committees to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, December 2013, 105 pp.
In-depth look at unemployment disparities in Minnesota.   more info >

Transforming Community: Transitway Impacts Research Program, Research Synthesis
University Of Minnesota, September 2013, 24 pp.
Synthesizes multiple research projects to answer questions about the economic, travel, and community impacts of transitway corridors in the Twin Cities.   more info >

Mary Tyler Moore Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Minneapolis-St. Paul's Serious Identity Crisis
The McKnight Foundation, July 2013, 20 pp.
The essay explores the opportunities and challenges in raising the national and international profile of our Minneapolis-St. Paul region.   more info >

The State of Manufacturing
Enterprise Minnesota, Inc., April 2013, 15 pp.
Annual survey of Minnesota manufacturing executives that asks about their economic outlook and top issues.   more info >

Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Fundamentals
North Dakota State University, February 2013, 36 pp.
This publication provides advice on how a community can instigate a business retention and expansion (BR&E) plan, which is a necessary part of community building.   more info >

Early Childhood Education as an Essential Component of Economic Development: With Reference to the New England States
Political Economy Research Institute, January 2013, 39 pp.
Discusses research findings on early childhood education programs and discusses how the universal provision of high quality early childhood education programs can make significant positive contributions to economic development, as well as general social well-being.   more info >

Nonprofit Mergers
Wilder Research, July 2012, 128 pp.
To help organizations and their funders assess merger as an option, MAP for Nonprofits joined with Wilder Research to conduct a multi-phase study to identify factors that influence merger outcomes and characteristics of successful mergers.   more info >

Local Food Systems as Regional Economic Drivers in Southern Minnesota
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, June 2012, 52 pp.
Explores the economic aspects of local food systems and how they can create economic growth. It includes findings from interviews with food and farm entrepreneurs in the southeast region of Minnesota.   more info >

Pilot Study: Estimating Rural and Urban Minnesota's Interdependencies
Minnesota Rural Partners, April 2011, 48 pp.
Illustrates the economic importance of rural Minnesota to all of Minnesota's economic health and well being.   more info >

Soul of the Community: Grand Forks
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, February 2011, 20 pp.
This study was conducted over three years in 26 cities across the United States where Knight Foundation is active. It was designed to find out what emotionally attaches people to a community and what makes them want to put down roots and build a life there.   more info >

Rural Grocery Stores: Ownership Models that work for Rural Communities
Center for Rural Affairs, October 2010, 10 pp.
This brief examines some common ownership models used by individuals and communities to address the need for local grocery stores in rural communities, provides examples of such models and analyzes how the models address the challenges facing rural grocery stores.   more info >

Rural Grocery Stores: Importance and Challenges
Center for Rural Affairs, October 2010, 7 pp.
This brief examines trends regarding rural grocery stores, reasons why rural communities are losing grocery stores, and some of the personal and community implications when a community lacks a grocery store.   more info >

Charting a New Course: Restoring Job Growth in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Region
Itasca Project, April 2010, 28 pp.
Identifies strategies and policies the region could employ to create, attract, and retain quality jobs. Strategic priorities identified include: addressing the cost of doing business; developing a vision, strategy, and approach for regional economic development; and enhancing entrepreneurship and innovation.   more info >

Building Communities for a Lifetime in Minnesota: A Report to the 2010 Minnesota Legislature
Minnesota Board on Aging, February 2010, 43 pp.
The Minnesota Board on Aging explored designating Minnesota "Communities for a Lifetime," or community settings that foster healthy and successful aging. They looked at national and local models, sought stakeholder input, looked at requirements for administering such a program, and made recommendations based on the results.   more info >

Recommendations for a Minnesota Science & Technology Initiative
Minnesota Science and Technology Economic Development Project Committee, January 2010, 52 pp.
Proposes a Minnesota science and technology initiative based on a review of initiatives in other states. Argues that a science and technology plan is critical for Minnesota to remain competitive.   more info >

Rural Migration: The Brain Gain of the Newcomers
University of Minnesota Extension, December 2009, 9 pp.
This report focuses on migration to rural areas, showing that between 1990 and 1999, over 2.2 million more Americans moved from metropolitan counties to non-metropolitan counties.   more info >

MergeMinnesota: Nonprofit Merger as an Opportunity for Survival and Growth
MAP for Nonprofits, June 2009, 61 pp.
Provides information about the merger process, including steps to take, mistakes to avoid, and best practices. It also includes profiles of completed mergers and a literature review.   more info >

Beginning Again North Dakota: An Asset-Based Development Program for Rural Communities Using a Community Capitals Framework
North Dakota State University, January 2009, 76 pp.
Presents an approach to rural community economic development. It is intended to improve residents' quality of life, promote a stronger local economy, and enhance the region's environmental health.   more info >

Preparing Minnesota's workforce for tomorrow's economy
Governor's Workforce Development Council, November 2008, 24 pp.
The Council's recommendations for preparing Minnesota's workforce for the future. Committees identified problems and provided recommendations in the areas of business and community connections, diversity, education, and skill and wage advancement.   more info >

Reach higher, America: Overcoming crisis in the U.S. workforce
National Commission on Adult Literacy, June 2008, 76 pp.
Although the American economy increasingly requires that most workers have some postsecondary education or occupational training to be ready for employment, the country is moving further away from that goal.  A significant number of adults face educational barriers that mean they will fall behind in their struggle to get higher wage jobs or qualify for college or job training.  This report offers an analysis and recommendations on ways to increase the competitiveness of the American workforce.   more info >

Microenterprise Programs as Asset Builders
The Aspen Institute, June 2007, 4 pp.
Strategies being used by microenterprise development programs to help low-income families improve their financial footing, acquire assets and build wealth.   more info >

The Thin Cities: How Subsidized Job Piracy Deepens Inequality in the Twin Cities Metro Area
Good Jobs First, December 2006, 60 pp.
Good Jobs First reviews the accessibility of jobs in locations receiving economic development subsidies to move jobs and tax revenues in the metropolitan region. Dispersing jobs from the core increases disparities in wealth and employment opportunities among localities in the regions.   more info >

Economic Development and Smart Growth
International Economic Development Council, August 2006, 50 pp.
Eight case studies on the connections between smart growth development and jobs, wealth and quality of life in communities.   more info >

Artists' Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods and Economies
University of Minnesota, February 2006, 113 pp.
Looks at the impact of artists' centers on artists and on regions and neighborhoods, how artists' centers have developed in Minnesota, and provides policy recommendations for those wishing to start or improve upon existing artists' centers.   more info >

Mind the gap: Reducing disparities to improve regional competitiveness in the Twin Cities
Brookings Institution, October 2005, 44 pp.
A look at race, class, and place disparities in the Twin Cities and why reducing them is important to build a more competitive workforce, bring more money into the region, and make the region stronger and more competitive. Also presents a policy framework for reducing disparities.   more info >

The Shared Fortunes of Cities and Suburbs
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, July 2005, 60 pp.
Federal Reserve Bank examination of the main forces that have influenced the growth of cities and suburbs over the past century. The article finds that cooperation, rather than competition, between cities and suburbs make metro areas attractive and productive places to live and work.   more info >

Opening Opportunities, Building Ownership: Fulfilling the Promise of Microenterprise in the United States
Aspen Institute, January 2005, 127 pp.
Offers an explanation of the context and scope of microenterprise in the United States and describes some of the factors driving low-income Americans toward self-employment. Articulates ways to help transform the field and position it for long-term growth and sustainability.   more info >

The building blocks of community development
MDC, Inc., November 2001, 15 pp.
Outlines six building blocks of economic prosperity within a community: business development, workforce development, physical infrastructure, social infrastructure, cultural and environmental stewardship, and civic infrastructure.   more info >

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Prosperity Now Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education.   more info >

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