Engineers are a critical resource in the growth of our technology-based economy. Those communities that produce a variety of engineers in their colleges and universities along with having the ability to attract experienced talent will sustain a strong position in the emerging economy.
The Minneapolis/Saint Paul region is host to over 24,000 employed engineers – ranked 14th nationally. The region also graduates over 1,300 engineers in multiple programs at the BS, MS and PhD levels, primarily from the University of Minnesota‐Twin Cities and the University of Saint Thomas.
The Greater Minneapolis Saint Paul region (Greater MSP) is seeking to better understand the engineering resources and employment dynamics within their region and identify the types of industries that should be targeted to take full advantage of these resources. Moran, Stahl & Boyer (MS&B), a nationally recognized site selection and economic development consulting firm, was retained to provide insights into the engineering resources of the Greater MSP region, along with the overall Upper Midwest, and determine the best course of action to leverage those resources to stimulate economic growth.