OBCED's Mission

The mission of the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (OBCED) is to contribute to the economic growth, development and prosperity of Minnesota’s urban communities.

OBCED is a social enterprise whose purpose is to leverage the assets and resources of the University to create programs and services that provide innovative solutions to real-world social-economic problems that impact urban communities.

More importantly, OBCED is a critical component of the University’s public service and outreach mission and its role is to create economic and community development strategies that drive the University’s Urban Agenda. OBCED facilitates collaborations between the University and nonprofit, corporate and public sector partners that focus on enhancing the human condition of underserved populations.