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    Results for 2013


    Click here to view summary of the results for the 2013 MSP Business Vitality Index.


    Click here to read the press release for the 2013 MSP Business Vitality Index.


    Study source information and the presentation powerpoint are also available at the links below:

    Index Source List

    Presentation PPT


    About the Index


    As the nation’s economy slowly improves, it is essential that Minneapolis-St. Paul is prepared to compete with other national metropolitan centers.  The MSP Business Vitality Index, presented by Target, compares our region to nine other metropolitan competitors against rankings in three broad areas: business climate, workforce development and quality of life. 

    The Chamber is keenly aware of the role we play in efforts to ensure our region continues to evolve as a place where businesses want to operate and people wish to live.  We hope this annual tool will further conversations regarding the MSP region’s economic health and foster new ideas to create and maintain jobs, a highly skilled workforce and enhance the great quality of life we enjoy.


    The Minneapolis-St. Paul Region


    The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce identifies the Minneapolis-St. Paul region (MSP) as eleven counties in the Twin Cities and two in Wisconsin.  These counties make up our metropolitan statistical area and provide a standard geographic definition that is widely accepted throughout the nation.   


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  • Comparative Set for 2013


    The MSP Business Vitality Index compares the Minneapolis- St. Paul region to eight other metropolitan areas.  The regions in this competitive set are comparable to the Minneapolis-St. Paul region in population, serve as regional centers, are seen as national competitors and/or have similar business and quality of life characteristics.  Comparisons against these peer regions help to illustrate Minneapolis-St. Paul’s strengths and challenges to economic opportunity, growth and prosperity.

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  • Cities included in this research are:

    • Atlanta, GA
    • Austin, TX
    • Boston, MA
    • Denver, CO
    • Kansas City, KS
    • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Portland, OR
    • San Diego, CA
    • Seattle, WA



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