This poster describes the research conducted by Craig and Schwartau to understand
the economic vitality of cities outside of the 7-county metropolitan area.
The authors found a more efficient method of measuring community economic
activity when compared to previous trade-center hierarchy studies conducted
by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. The authors discovered that using
taxable retail and service sales related well to the previous CURA studies
that used Dun & Bradstreet data to count businesses. The previous analysis
was time consuming and costly, and the details were complex and sometimes
confusing to readers. By using a simpler methodology, the trade-center studies
can be done more frequently, thus giving more current information to better
inform decisions by local citizens, businesses, planners, and policy makers.
There is much interest in this research by staff at the Minnesota Department of
Transportation as they plan highway improvements between the cities higher in the trade-center hierarchy and those lower. Trade-center hierarchy studies also indicate the number of goods and services available to consumers
locally and regionally, information that can be useful to local planners
Craig, William; Schwartau, Bruce.
Trade-Center Hierarchy in Greater Minnesota.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension.
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