State of the Heartland: Factbook 2018
Brookings Institute, November 2018, 110 pp.
This report benchmarks the performance of the 19-state American “Heartland” on 26 socioeconomic measures and is intended to help Heartland leaders and citizens better comprehend the region’s current trajectory at a time of rapid economic and social change. more info >
Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Fundamentals
North Dakota State University, September 2017, 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 >
Framework for Creating a Smart Growth Economic Development Strategy A Tool for Small Cities and Towns
United States Environmental Protection Agency, August 2016, 38 pp.
A step-by-step guide to building a place-based economic development strategy which is based on building upon existing assets, taking incremental actions to strengthen communities, and building long-term value to attract a range of investments. 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 >
Building Assets Through Microenterprise
The Aspen Institute, January 2014, 12 pp.
Strategies being used by microenterprise development programs to help low-income families improve their financial footing, acquire assets and build wealth. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Rural Grocery Stores: Ownership Models and Tips
This site examines some common ownership models used by individuals and communities to address the need for local grocery stores in rural communities. more info >
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 >