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Economic Development Department

Also known as:
Department of Business Research and Development (1947-1953)
Department of Business Development (1953-1967)
Active dates:1947-1981

The department of economic development shall encompass the following functions: research and statistics, publicity and promotion, promotion of the higher use of agricultural and forest lands, business, economic and industrial development services, and the promotion of tourism.


The Economic Development Department started as the Department of Business Research and Development in 1947. At that time, the rights, powers, and duties by law imposed by and vested in the Minnesota resources commission, and the Minnesota tourist bureau were transferred to and imposed upon the newly created department. The Legislature changed the name of the department to the Department of Business Development in 1953, and then to the Department of Economic Development in 1967.

More details about the work of the department are included in their publication Minnesota Progress, published six times a year from 1967 to 1973. Copies of this periodical are included in the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library's collection.

The Legislature abolished the Economic Development Department in 1981 and established the Department of Energy, Planning, and Development (see Laws of Minnesota 1981, chapter 356, section 64).

News clippings and documents: Commissioner of the Economic Development Department. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1967-1981.
News clippings and documents: Economic Development Department. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1955-1980.
Record last updated: 02/22/2024

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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