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Taconite DreamsThe Struggle to Sustain Mining on Minnesota's Iron Range, 1915-2000$
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Jeffrey T. Manuel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816694297

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816694297.001.0001

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Economic Development Policy, Regional and Local

Economic Development Policy, Regional and Local

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board

(p.133) Four Economic Development Policy, Regional and Local
Taconite Dreams

Jeffrey T. Manuel

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter four describes the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board and economic development policy on the Iron Range. The IRRRB was formed in the 1940s to diversify the Iron Range's economy and ensure that tax money from mining was spent on long-term investments. Yet the IRRRB was enmeshed in controversy from its birth. In the late 1950s and 1960s it became a model for a short-lived national agency designed to support declining regions: the Area Redevelopment Administration (ARA). This brief federal program was soon abandoned. The IRRRB has also struggled to develop new industries on the Iron Range, often coming under fire for well-publicized boondoggles.

Keywords:   IRRRB, Iron Range, mining history, Area Redevelopment Administration, economic development

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