Region Nine works closely with local industry to leverage comparative advantages in today’s global markets. As the designated regional development organization in South Central Minnesota, Region Nine fosters partnerships with entities from both the public and private sectors to strengthen everything from regional food clusters to medical device manufacturing.

Identifying new markets, supporting exports, and advocating for foreign investments in the nine counties are at the heart of Region Nine’s mission of ensuring a robust regional economy that provides opportunities for all. In 2019, Region Nine led a federally funded agriculture resiliency project, which examined potential new markets for Minnesota grown crops. South Central Minnesota is an innovative and robust region with extensive global importance, and Region Nine is proud to present its growers, manufacturers, and other industrial partners to the world’s markets.

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