Communication Associate: Public Relations
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Susan Beasy Latto, UMD Director
of Public Relations 218 726-8830
Jim Skurla, Acting Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research,
UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics 218 726-8614
UMD Labovitz School of Business
Launch Duluth Economic Development Project
Duluth area economic development analysis and strategy project to focus
on JOBZ initiative and enterprise network systems.
The UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics and the MN Department
of Employment and Economic Development will begin a "Duluth Area Economic
Development Analysis and Strategy" project based on the concept of enterprise
- The six-month project will search for the presence of potential
in the Duluth area (including Douglas County, WI).
- Funded by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic
Development, following interest by Commissioner Mat Kramer. Grant amount
- The project team includes noted regional economist F. Charles
UMD Economics Professor Richard Lichty to direct the research, with
the help of the Labovitz School's
Bureau of Business and Economic Research Acting Director, Jim Skurla,
and DEED Regional Analyst, Scott Moore.
- The project will analyze national, regional, and zip-code level
secondary data through the economic modeling
software IMPLAN, marketed by the Minnesota based company MIG.
- Areas included in the study are Two Habors, Proctor, Cloquet,
Hermantown, Duluth, Carlton County and Douglas County, Wisconsin,
as well as other parts of the zip-code defined Duluth environs.
- As part of the analysis, special focus will include JOBZ regional
and a business plan approach to firm-level economic development
- Enterprise networks are especially beneficial to small-to-medium-sized
independent businesses located in rural areas. The project proposes
to identify local suppliers to new businesses; the project involves
a search for industries that depend on Duluth's industries for their