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REIF event focuses on economies of northern MN, WI

DULUTH, MN — Our region’s economy is a diverse and complex one, which is why it’s important to collaborate on what’s working and what’s changing.

That’s the goal of the Regional Economic Indicators Forum–or REIF–held at the DECC Tuesday.

The event focuses on the economy of the REIF Region, which is a 15-county area in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.

Goals of the forum include supporting area businesses, creating businesses recruitment tools, and collecting county-level economic data for businesses to use.

Tuesday’s forum even included a presentation on area non-profit work.

“Just giving a background on what is a non-profit, what qualifies as one, what qualifies one in our own region and what does that contribute to our economy overall,” says UMD undergraduate research assistant Hattie Ecklund.

The REIF event was created by the National Bank of Commerce, College of St. Scholastica, UMD, UWS, and the Small Business Development Centers of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The next forum will be held at the DECC in October.

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Billy Wagness

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