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Completed Technical Assistance Projects

Each year the EDA disseminates a "Request for Technical Assistance" to economic development agencies across rural Minnesota.

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.


Development of a Regional Recruitment Strategy
Completed December 2010
Local EDA/Organization: Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Ben Winchester
University of Minnesota Extension Research Fellow
Project Description:

Based upon previous work conducted by Mr. Winchester on the migration patterns of the 35-45 year-old demographic cohort, the UMVRDC has requested assistance from the EDA Center to develop a research/evidence-based strategic plan to actively recruit this targeted demographic. While this project is regionally-based, it may be generalizable to other rural regions of Minnesota.

EDA Center Involvement:

The EDA Center will conduct additional regionally-based research and work with regional entities to explore new asset-based market strategies to engage those in the demographic target interested in relocating.


A report delineating the findings and strategic plan will be presented to the UMV Regional Development Commission for implementation.

Download Report (3531KB PDF)
Survey Appendix (673KB PDF)

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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