Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), Center for Regional Competitiveness
Sean Moore is using EMSI’s labor market analysis to generate an economic development strategy for the state of Minnesota. First, Moore and his colleagues at RUPRI’s Center for Regional Competitiveness completed a preliminary analysis of Minnesota counties, in part by using EMSI’s web-based tool, Strategic Advantage, to look at industry and occupation figures. The next step was to create a development plan based on cluster analyses. With data from every county in Minnesota at his disposal, Moore is able to quickly and easily run multi-county breakdowns. SA has been “a labor-saving device in terms of producing quick snapshots of regional economies,” he said.