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Assessing Minneapolis–St. Paul’s Regional Economic Competitiveness: An Analysis of Industry Clusters

Munnich, Lee, Jonathan Dworin, Nebiyou Tilahun and Matt Schmit

The Minneapolis–St. Paul (MSP) regional economy has benefited from an abundance of successful industry clusters that are linked through a complex ecosystem of competing and supporting firms and institutions. This article presents findings from a quantitative and qualitative study of 12 established industry clusters in the MSP region. In addition four emerging clusters of interest in the MSP region are identified—water technologies, 3-D printing, biorenewables, and robotics. The article also describes the potential for knowledge flows to occur across industry sectors in the MSP region, as seen through similarities in the occupations that different industries hire. This work may help economic development organizations, educational leaders, public policy leaders, and industry leaders as they make policy decisions and investments to enhance the region’s future prosperity and competitiveness. The research upon which this article is based was supported by a grant from the University of Minnesota Metropolitan Consortium.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
University Metropolitan Consortium
44 (2): 3-11
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Reporter 44 (2)