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The Regional Impact of Quality of Life on Entrepreneurial Decisions

Dan White, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2014)
One of the most often cited reasons for the location of a new business is quality of life, yet it is one of the areas policymakers most often overlook. More

Minnesota Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)
Minnesota's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Regional Report: Slow But Steady Economic Climb for the Midwest

 (Directory 2014)
You’re not likely to find explosive growth in the Midwest, but the region’s economy is advancing at a healthy, steady pace with strategic plans to enhance investment in place. More

Tech Incubators’ Outsized Impact on Innovation and Job Creation

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q4 / Fall 2013)
The ecosystems created by high-tech incubators popping up all over North America have become true job-creation drivers, attracting attention from CEOs for their distinctively collaborative workplace culture that drives innovation and growth. More

Criteria for Selecting a High-Tech Cluster

Amber Schiada, Research Manager, Markets, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Companies locating in “tech-friendly” communities can find the foundation for their success, while also helping the local economy to grow — a win-win situation all around. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Midwest MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (August 2013)
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Seventh District — which includes all of Iowa and most of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin — is 50 percent more concentrated in overall manufacturing than the nation. Food processing is a major industry as is automotive manufacturing (the region also produces 30 percent of the nation’s light vehicles) and specializes in construction and farm machinery, medical equipment, and steel products. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Recession-Busting MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 / Spring 2013)
Area Development looks at several key economic indicators to identify the top-10 “recession-busting” cities that are having the most success in rebooting their economies and creating good-paying jobs. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The MSAs with Strongest Prime Work Force Growth

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 / Spring 2013)
REVISED 6/10 - In most of the cities that rank well in our "Prime Work Force" indicators, you will find a an abundance of culture and a strong higher education presence providing the kind of technology-transfer capacity that attracts a talented labor pool, sparks entrepreneurial activity, and provides an attractive destination for the types of startups and advanced manufacturing companies that are propelling metropolitan economics. More
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MINNESOTA at a glance

POPULATION: 5,344,861 (2011)

LABOR FORCE: 2,991,372 (August 2012)

RIGHT TO WORK: No

TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES:Health services, medical product manufacturing, computer and electronic product manufacturing, food processing, industrial machinery manufacturing

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Health services, educational services, medical equipment manufacturing, bioscience, biofuel manufacturing, scientific instrument manufacturing, finance and insurance

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 32.4% (2011)

BASIC BUSINESS TAXES:
Corporate Income Tax: Corporations' rate is 9.8 percent with a three-factor apportionment formula of 93 percent sales, 3.5 percent property, and 3.5 percent payroll; after 2012: 96-2-2 (sales, property, payroll); after 2013, one-factor sales formula (100-sales)

Sales and Use Tax: The general sales and use tax rate is 6.875 Minnesota refunds sales tax paid on capital equipment used in manufacturing. Exemptions include fees for equipment and installation repair, most services, utilities, chemicals, and gases used in industrial production.

Property Tax: Personal property, including machinery and inventory, is exempt from property tax; as well as personal property used for control of air, water, or land pollution including heavy machinery that would be considered real property otherwise. Local governments tax all real property not specifically exempted; each property's assessed value is multiplied by 1.5 percent for the first $150,000 of value and 2 percent of any value over $150,000; this new value, or tax capacity, is multiplied by the local and state property tax rates plus any local referendum rate to determine property tax liability.

BUSINESS INCENTIVES:
Job Opportunity Building Zones — JOBZ (tax-free areas)

Minnesota Investment Fund Program

Minnesota Job Skills Partnerships

Data center sales tax exemptions

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Computer & Electronic Products
    15.3%
  • Food Products
    14.5%
  • Fabricated Metal Products
    12.9%
  • Machinery
    10.1%
  • Printing & Related Support Activities
    7.9%
  • Plastics & Rubber Products
    4.5%
  • Paper Products
    3.7%
  • Wood Products
    3.5%
  • Transportation Equipment
    3.5%
  • Chemical Products
    3.4%
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
    20.7%