NURSERIES, LANDSCAPE BUSINESSES ADD $3.5 BILLION IN “GREEN” TO MINNESOTA ECONOMY
Economic impact study sheds light on challenge and opportunities for the industry
by Jonathan Eisenthal
It’s a vivid snapshot of the garden and yard industry in Minnesota, and what it adds to the Minnesota economy:
$3.5 billion dollars
42,000 full and part-time employees
$1.9 billion in direct sales.
Having come out the other side of the Great Recession, the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) wanted to know how their industry—which includes small- and medium-sized nurseries and landscape businesses, but not big box stores—was faring. So, they chose to revisit an economic impact analysis of member businesses first done in 2002. The study was conducted by St. Cloud State University’s School of Public Affairs Research Institute, which performed the first economic impact study, and was funded by MNLA, AURI and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown program. Read more...