Rural Urban Interdependencies Forum: Understanding Linkages That Drive Job Creation

St. Paul, Minnesota
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Rural Urban Interdependencies Forum: Understanding Linkages That Drive Job Creation
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Central Time)

Continuing Education and Conference Center
University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
United States

Map and Directions

Program from 1 to 4:30 p.m.    
Reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

NOTE: ONLINE ACCESS to the 1 to 4:30 p.m. sessions will be available live and free of charge on April 5th at https://umconnect.umn.edu/mnruralpartners  Please sign in as a guest.

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Learn about key tools and new insights in the economic development and job creation front at this informative afternoon forum
, April 5, 2011, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus.

 

Results of the new research report, “Pilot Study: Estimating Rural and Urban Minnesota’s Interdependencies” will be shared that quantitatively illustrate the economic importance of rural Minnesota to all of Minnesota’s economic health and well being. The study is particularly successful in showing how urban Minnesota benefits, or loses, alongside rural Minnesota when rural prospers or declines. The research, led by Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc., begins to provide measures of how rural urban linkages drive wealth creation and innovation in a state’s economy.

 

MRP, Inc., USDA Rural Development, and the Blandin Foundation provided financial assistance for the research. Copies of the research report will be distributed at the Forum. (You can download a pdf version of “Pilot Study: Estimating Rural and Urban Minnesota’s Interdependencies” at Pilot Study Download )

Participants in the Forum will also hear updates on the Economic Competitiveness + Industry Clusters work led by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, State and Local Policy Program, and the uses of IMPLAN™ data for Economic Impact Analysis to help decision-makers respond to changes in economies.  The University of Minnesota Extension Community Economics team carries out this input-output analysis in communities across Minnesota,  alongside their colleagues in the Applied Economics Department.

 

The event includes a post-Forum reception to honor Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc. as it closes its doors this year after 15 years of service to Minnesota and the nation.

 

Date and Time of Forum:  April 5, 1 to 4:30 p.m., with reception to follow, 4:30 to 6 p.m..

 

Location:

Continuing Education and Conference Center

University of Minnesota Twin Cities – St. Paul Campus

1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

               

Directions & Map:http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/CECC/ 

Cost: $25. Students are admitted for Free but everyone must register at: FORUM REGISTRATION

NOTE: ONLINE ACCESS to the 1 to 4:30 p.m. sessions will be available live on April 5th at https://umconnect.umn.edu/mnruralpartners  Sign in as a guest at no charge.

Study abstract:

Since October 2009, Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc. has hosted a national pilot initiative, with USDA Rural Development, to document the power of rural urban connections and resource sharing to foster increased innovation and job and wealth creation for the state as a whole.

 

The research paper, “Pilot Study: Estimating Rural and Urban Minnesota’s Interdependencies” represents a critical portion of the pilot initiative. It quantitatively illustrates the economic importance of rural Minnesota to all of Minnesota’s economic health and well being. It is particularly successful in showing how urban Minnesota benefits, or loses, alongside rural Minnesota when rural prospers or declines. The pilot study begins to provide measures of how rural urban linkages drive wealth creation and innovation in a state’s economy.

 

The study begins by using cluster analysis tools provided by the Innovation in American Regions Project to arrive at estimates of the distribution of jobs between the Twin Cities region (urban) and the rest of Minnesota (rural). It selects one cluster (manufacturing) and conducts input-output analysis (using IMPLAN software) to arrive at estimates of the linkages between rural and urban businesses and economies.

 

Finally, it compares two clusters (manufacturing and agribusiness) as to their rural urban linkages and their general contributions to Minnesota’s economic vitality. Despite the numerous ways in which this research could be improved and extended, it is clear that this approach has enormous value for improving understanding of how and when rural urban linkages drive wealth and job creation and innovation in the state’s economy.

 


 

Contact Information

  • Phone: 651-983-9095, Email: info@minnesotaruralpartners.org
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