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EDA Center at the U of M, Crookston Announces Five Technical Assistance Requests to Comprise 2009 Work Plan
April 13, 2009

Contact: Jack M. Geller, Ph.D., Director, The EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, (218) 281-8248


Crookston, MN - The EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston announced today that it has selected five technical assistance requests from economic development agencies across Minnesota to comprise its 2009 work plan.

The five technical assistance projects are:
  • Assist the Region Five Development Commission, Staples, Minn., in the creation of a Recreational Trails Inventory for the counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena.  The EDA Center will utilize a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) infrastructure to link all of the recreation and water trails in the 5-county region and develop a database of trails regulations.  
  • Assist the Tower Economic Development Authority, Tower, Minn., in the development of a business recruitment, marketing and retention plan for the new Tower Business Park.
  • Assist the Todd County Commission, Long Prairie, Minn., in an evaluation and organizational analysis of their County-based Economic Development Authority.
  • Assist the Northwest Regional Development Commission, Warren, Minn., in an analysis of the economic contributions of various industry sectors in their 7-county northwest Minnesota region.
  • Assist the Long Prairie Economic Development Authority, Long Prairie, Minn., in establishing an organizational structure and business plan for a new 15,000 sq. ft. business incubator to be constructed in 2009.
The EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is one of more than 40 university centers nationwide, supported by the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.  The EDA Center conducts applied research, provides direct technical assistance and delivers educational programs to economic development agencies that support the economy of economically-distressed rural communities throughout Minnesota.

The mission of the EDA Center is to engage university faculty, staff and students with local, county and regional economic development agencies in support of our rural economy.  Its focus is to utilize the capacity of the University of Minnesota, Crookston in partnership with economic development agencies to support job creation, capital investment, business recruitment and job retention.  Further information about these five technical assistance projects can be found at www.umcedacenter.org