The following reports contain additional details and important economic development related facts pertaining to Rice County. Please contact the Rice County Economic Development Office with any questions about these reports or requests for additional information.

Rice County Labor Market Review (Mercer Study)

This study reviews facets of Rice County's labor market from the perspective of a business leader making a decision to establish or expand an operation in Rice County, Minnesota.

Rice County Economic Impact Analysis

This Economic Futures Workshop Report features the QuickTake 100 results which highlights the economic impact in the County of 100 jobs in a selected industry, and provides an overview of the economic structure of Rice County, Minnesota.

2014/2015 Economic Development Work Plan

The Work Plan identifies initiatives and strategies that will be pursued to achieve the economic development vision and objective of the County.  The initiatives focus on enhancing the business climate with the emphasis on strategic partnerships, technology, value-added projects, and resource development.

A Salute to Manufacturing

A Salute to Manufacturing is a publication of the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce.  This publication provides a Rice County manufacturing labor market profile as well as a list of manufacturers in Faribault, Minnesota.

Rice County's 2014 Familiarization Tour Presentation

Rice County’s 2014 Familiarization Tour Presentation was prepared to highlight specific Rice County information requested by site selectors and growing/expanding businesses.  For an explanation or additional details regarding this information, contact the Rice County Economic Development Office.


News & Publications

Economic Development is constantly changing.  This section of the Rice County Economic Development website will be used to share information about trends, programs and initiatives.

Small Business Profile for Minnesota

The SBA Small Business Profile report on economic status of small business from 2010 to 2013 includes information on the number of firms, employment, demographics, and other topics using the most recently available government data.  This report defines small businesses as firms with fewer than 500 employees.

Small Business Research Reports

The SBA Annual Report of the Office of Economic Research provides a variety of topics including access to capital, small business exporters, entrepreneurship, and minority-and women-owned businesses.  

Keys to Economic Success

In the 2013 Entrepreneurial Communities newsletter, the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship features each of the ten keys to local economic development success and explores resources that can help you master these important building blocks. For more information go to:

Southeast Minnesota... A Great Place to Live, Work and Do Business

Businesses can tap into Minnesota’s large pool of skilled workers and be assured of a growing supply of potential hires.  Also, the region’s higher education sector and transportation infrastructure are perfect complements to any business.