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Applied Research for Students

 Alexander Hook presents the BBER research at the Regional Economic Indicators Forum

The BBER employs undergraduate research assistants who are involved with all aspects of research: data collection, analysis, modeling, writing, and editing. As part of the BBER team, they meet with clients, present findings, attend high-profile functions, work with faculty, and more.


 Small Town, USA

The BBER has worked for the U of M Extension Center for Community Vitality on numerous business retention and expansion efforts for Minnesota cities and towns.


  • Businesses
  • Government
  • University Organizations
  • Non-profits
  • Industry Groups
  • Communities

Research Topics

  • Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Tourism
  • Mining
  • Workforce
  • Transportation
  • Sports/Recreation
  • Forestry
  • Education
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • International Trade