U study finds economic growth for Willmar, other non-metro cities

Jan 03, 2012, 8:22 am
By Gretchen Schlosser McClatchy

News Service

WILLMAR — Willmar's economy ranks closely behind significantly larger non-metro cities and lake country communities in the state that count on tourism and recreation for a large part of their economy, according to a recently released study by the University of Minnesota.

The research, by William J. Craig and Bruce W. Schwartau, for the University's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, shows that Willmar had $282 million in taxable retail and service sales in 2009, which was 31 percent more than the community's 1990 total of $216 million.

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