Southeast MN Economic Study Final Report 

Through a grant appropriation from DEED, in early 2018 SEMLM and CEDA engaged HR&A Advisors, Inc. to conduct a study to understand the economic growth facing cities and counties in Southeast Minnesota. The Southeast Minnesota Economic Impact Study aims to provide communities in the eight-county region with long-range population, employment, and economic forecasts at the county- and region-wide scales. These forecasts will equip municipalities, counties, and the Region with quality data that can inform long-range planning, guiding important municipal and county decision making for things like investment in new infrastructure and public works, municipal services and schools, land use planning, and strategic downtown planning, in addition to regional considerations about transportation investment and housing growth. With a clearer understanding of the future population and economy of Southeast Minnesota, the Region can work to ensure that this growth is equitable and sustainable, serving all residents and workers.

Link to Study Report    

Link to Study Data

Small Cities Development Program (SCDP)

Call for Applications

The Small Cities Development Program Unit is accepting preliminary proposals, the first stage in the grant application process for eligible activities addressing community needs for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, rental and/or commercial building rehabilitation or public facility improvements through the  Small Cities Development Program (SCDP).


Link for Applications



Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., November 17, 2020. Proposals must be submitted to the Department of Employment and Economic Development, Business and Community Development Division, Small Cities Development Program Unit, 1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351.

Competitive Grants and Contracts

Find other opportunities detailed on our Competitive Grants and Contracts website.



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