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 >
Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Fundamentals
North Dakota State University, February 2013, 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 >
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 >
Microenterprise Programs as Asset Builders
The Aspen Institute, June 2007, 4 pp.
Strategies being used by microenterprise development programs to help low-income families improve their financial footing, acquire assets and build wealth. more info >
Economic Development and Smart Growth
International Economic Development Council, August 2006, 50 pp.
Eight case studies on the connections between smart growth development and jobs, wealth and quality of life in communities. 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 >