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Bureau of Business and Economic Research

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) works for students, alumni, and the region as a whole. The BBER

  • Collects, analyzes, and disseminates information regarding the economy of Duluth, Northeast Minnesota, the State of Minnesota, Northwest Wisconsin and beyond for public and private regional, state, and federal constituencies
  • Provides specific research to identify economic problems and opportunities
  • Acts as a catalyst to generate research from faculty, staff and students within LSBE
  • Provides students with hands-on, real-world skills of conducting economic and business research and working directly with businesses
  • Provides unbiased data and analysis concerning the economic viability of building, expanding, relocating, downsizing, and/or eliminating businesses, especially industry-specific businesses, such as forestry, mining, and energy.
  • Contributes to strategic thinking about research data (forecasting, communicating, responding, developing)

Funded by a special appropriation of the Minnesota Legislature, private contracts, and research grants, the BBER is actively involved in a number of current projects.