History

40+ YEARS EXPERIENCE


An Unrivaled History of Economic Expertise.

WHERE IT ALL STARTED

In the early 1970s, the U.S. government encountered a need for more exhaustive, functional economic statistics. Though effective methods for gathering and reporting national economic data had been established, analysts needed a more advanced system for turning that information into an actionable asset for local economies to put to use.

In 1976, the National Forest Management Act required the United States Forest Service (USFS) to cultivate a 5-year management plan which presented both alternative land management strategies and potential resource outputs and socioeconomic effects on local communities. In cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the USFS played a role in the creation of two linear programming models: FORPLAN and IMPLAN. FORPLAN (short for “forest planning”) estimated the resource outputs of land management strategies, and IMPLAN (short for “impact analysis for planning”) estimated the economic effects of those resource outputs on local communities. The USFS officially began modeling economic impacts with IMPLAN in 1978 and still does to this day.

It quickly became clear that the USFS’s ad hoc procedures for assembling regional I/O data sets for use with IMPLAN were too inefficient to sustain a large-scale nationwide system. So, in 1985, the responsibility for developing IMPLAN data sets shifted to the University of Minnesota. As demand grew for regional models by non-USFS organizations, IMPLAN (then Minnesota IMPLAN Group (MIG, Inc.)) was established as an independent corporation for the purpose of developing and selling all future iterations of the IMPLAN database and software.

“The Forest Service uses the IMPLAN database and modeling system to carry out economic impact studies of the consequences of Agency decisions and proposed actions and to describe the current economic contribution of natural resource management on the National Forests and Grasslands.”
Ecosystem Management Coordination,
US Forest Service

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Our History


MIG, Inc.

MIG, Inc. (1984 – 2013)

IMPLAN (2013 - 2016)

IMPLAN (2013 – 2016)

Current IMPLAN Logo (2016 - Present)

IMPLAN (2016 – Present)

  • 1972

    The Rural Development Act of 1972 creates the need for a more efficient economic modeling tool.

  • 1976

    Under the direction of the United States Forest Service (USFS), the economic impact modeling system, IMPLAN, is first developed.

  • 1985

    Minnesota IMPLAN Group (MIG, Inc.) partners with the University of Minnesota in order to expand and update its database and software. However, this newly updated version of the IMPLAN software continues to be used exclusively by the USFS.

  • 1988

    IMPLAN is used outside of the federal government for the very first time.

  • 1991

    MIG, Inc. takes its first commercial order.

  • 1997

    MIG, Inc. releases its first national-level data set.

  • 1999

    Version 2.0 of the IMPLAN software is released, implementing the now-standard social accounting matrix (SAM).

  • 2008

    MIG, Inc. releases Version 3.0 of the IMPLAN software, adding Multi-Regional Input-Output (MRIO) capabilities.

  • 2013

    MIG, Inc. officially changes its name to IMPLAN and relocates to Huntersville, NC.

  • 2018

    IMPLAN releases its latest IMPLAN web application—the most advanced economic modeling tool ever.

Partnering with Industry Leaders



IMPLAN takes great pride in partnering with leaders in the field of economic data and research.

TREDIS extends the IMPLAN system to enable broader applications of economic impact, benefit-cost, and financial analysis for transportation planning, programming, and project analysis. TREDIS works by providing a dynamic, multi-regional economic impact simulation model to estimate regional impacts in terms of employment and income changes over time. It incorporates the full industry structure of IMPLAN, which makes TREDIS the tool for users to also analyze transportation projects.

IMPLAN has proudly partnered with the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA) to co-host biennial conferences for more than twenty years. We encourage  furthering research and supporting the science of economics together. Our partnership’s commitment to this cause has fostered and supported training workshops, student scholarships, and research presentations for the last two decades.

We are always seeking opportunities to advance the economic community! Explore how partnering with IMPLAN could make an impact on your own efforts.

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TECHNOLOGY FOR UNLOCKING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

The economy is an evolving ecosystem.
Discover, explore, and analyze activity within your economy
and how you can impact it like never before.

The Data

Browse and analyze with the most extensive economic database out there. Thousands of data points from more than 90 sources make up the most transparent and relied-upon portrait of your economy.

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The Application

Get the economic impact application that’s tailor-made for the data. See why IMPLAN is the leading economic modeling application at the cutting edge of economic theory and practice.

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The Solutions

Discover what’s achievable with IMPLAN. From start to finish, here’s how people find the answers they are looking for and affect economic change in their communities.

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Navigate our intuitive user interface

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Calculate the effects of numerous economic scenarios in a single analysis

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Define regions from a national to zip-code level

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Explore extensive study results like employment, labor income, GDP, and more

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Shaping the World
with IMPLAN



Whether you want to study the economic impact of nuclear physics research, local dairy farms, Federal policy, or anything in between, IMPLAN’s technology serves the needs of countless users who are constantly finding novel ways to put economic modeling to work.

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See Who is
Shaping the World
with IMPLAN



Whether you want to study the economic impact of nuclear physics research, local dairy farms, Federal policy, or anything in between, IMPLAN’s technology serves the needs of countless users who are constantly finding novel ways to put economic modeling to work.

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As the leading provider of economic impact data and analytical applications, we’ve spent decades serving the economic data needs of researchers, policy makers, decision makers, advocates, business leaders, governments, and more. 

IMPLAN has been redefining the field of economics for over 40 years. Created by academics to serve the needs of the United States Forest Service, it has been transformed today to serve as a solution-provider for anyone interested in understanding their economy. Learn more about the origin of IMPLAN. 

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Get to Know Us Better


As the leading provider of economic impact data and analytical applications, we’ve spent decades serving the economic data needs of researchers, policy makers, decision makers, advocates, business leaders, governments, and more. 

IMPLAN has been redefining the field of economics for over 40 years. Created by academics to serve the needs of the United States Forest Service, it has been transformed today to serve as a solution-provider for anyone interested in understanding their economy. Learn more about the origin of IMPLAN. 

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IMPLAN’s robust support library covers countless scenarios you may have questions about. Consult the support solutions to find yours.



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Browse what other IMPLAN users are discussing and the way they are advancing economic research. 


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IMPLAN Training Workshops, led by our own economists, will equip you with the tools and insights necessary to run your unique impact analysis. 


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IMPLAN Training Workshops, led by our own economists, will equip you with the tools and insights necessary to run your unique impact analysis. 


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How is IMPLAN Used?

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

IMPLAN users are constantly finding novel ways to put economic modeling to work. Here’s how a handful of people found the answers they were looking for and affected economic change to impact their communities.

Economic Data for Leading Research



IMPLAN is the preferred data solution for economic researchers. With IMPLAN, you can evaluate the contributions of existing industries and the impacts of changes at all levels of the economy.

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Economic Data for Leading Research



IMPLAN is the preferred data solution for economic researchers. With IMPLAN, you can evaluate the contributions of existing industries and the impacts of changes at all levels of the economy.

Read the case studies

Improve Economic Development Through Data



IMPLAN is a thorough way to examine and evaluate new development opportunities and the impacts from local business enhancements. It is an essential resource to inform your economic development efforts and hone your site selection and industrial targeting strategies.

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Improve Economic Development Through Data



IMPLAN is a thorough way to examine and evaluate new development opportunities and the impacts from local business enhancements. It is an essential resource to inform your economic development efforts and hone your site selection and industrial targeting strategies.

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Make Decisions on the Basis of Benefit



IMPLAN grants decision makers the ability to analyze economic legislation repercussions, tax incentives, energy efficiency programs, and the impacts from social programs. Our data and platform ensure that a total economic examination can be completed in order to make informed policy proposals and justify budgetary decisions. 

Read the case studies

Make Decisions on the Basis of Benefit



IMPLAN grants decision makers the ability to analyze economic legislation repercussions, tax incentives, energy efficiency programs, and the impacts from social programs. Our data and platform ensure that a total economic examination can be completed in order to make informed policy proposals and justify budgetary decisions. 

Read the case studies

Advocate Your Cause with Everything You Influence



IMPLAN analyses demonstrate the wide reach of your industry and the other businesses supported by it.  See detailed components of your impact like jobs supported and taxes generated.

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Advocate Your Cause with Everything You Influence



IMPLAN analyses demonstrate the wide reach of your industry and the other businesses supported by it.  See detailed components of your impact like jobs supported and taxes generated.

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Build Better Business Through Economic Insight



Make smart choices through informed modeling. Define what you support among your supply chain, the economic impact of business expansion, and the value you contribute to a community from your business’ presence or relocation. 

Read the case studies

Build Better Business Through Economic Insight



Make smart choices through informed modeling. Define what you support among your supply chain, the economic impact of business expansion, and the value you contribute to a community from your business’ presence or relocation. 

Read the case studies

Customized Solutions for Any Economic Question



We’ll bring the data, you bring the brains. No matter how specialized or varied your client base may be, IMPLAN is flexible enough to work for you. See how analysts like you find creative ways to use IMPLAN. 

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Customized Solutions for Any Economic Question



We’ll bring the data, you bring the brains. No matter how specialized or varied your client base may be, IMPLAN is flexible enough to work for you. See how analysts like you find creative ways to use IMPLAN. 

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You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers.

All over the world researchers of every stripe have been investigating economic questions with IMPLAN for decades. These are their stories.

Who Uses IMPLAN?



Advocates, decision-makers, and business leaders use IMPLAN to gain insight into the influence that their decisions and operations have on their economies. IMPLAN arms you with the key insights to communicate your cause through intuitive data.

Who uses IMPLAN?

Who Uses IMPLAN?



Advocates, decision-makers, and business leaders use IMPLAN to gain insight into the influence that their decisions and operations have on their economies. IMPLAN arms you with the key insights to communicate your cause through intuitive data.

Who uses IMPLAN?

How is IMPLAN Used?



IMPLAN users model custom economic impacts, learn how economies function, and even quantify contributions to them. The application is designed to make the process simple.

Groups across all industries are using impact analyses to quantify the value of their work and learning more about their local economies to improve their decision-making.

How is IMPLAN used?

How is IMPLAN Used?



IMPLAN users model custom economic impacts, learn how economies function, and even quantify contributions to them. The application is designed to make the process simple.

Groups across all industries are using impact analyses to quantify the value of their work and learning more about their local economies to improve their decision-making.

How is IMPLAN used?

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Economic Data for Leading Research

It’s by academics like you that IMPLAN was first designed and built. When called upon for your economic expertise, use the most trusted economic modeling software out there.

Education and Research



Data and multipliers are the basis for countless analyses each year which expand the understanding of economics. The IMPLAN model is designed with flexibility in mind for your customizations.

You can augment our data with your own, including: 

  • Imports/exports
  • Spending patterns
  • Employment figures
  • And more, to ensure the most accurate representative results.


How Cornell Cooperative Extension Found the Economic Contribution of Apples


Education and Research



Data and multipliers are the basis for countless analyses each year which expand the understanding of economics. The IMPLAN model is designed with flexibility in mind for your customizations.

You can augment our data with your own, including: 

  • Imports/exports
  • Spending patterns
  • Employment figures
  • And more, to ensure the most accurate representative results.


How Cornell Cooperative Extension Found the Economic Contribution of Apples


Map Economic Changes



IMPLAN’s input-output model analyzes supply chains and backward linkages at all levels of the economy including:

  • Workforce changes
  • Businesses locating to a region
  • Tourism events
  • Organization contributions
  • Multi-Region Input-Output


How MSU Accelerated Their Research Facility Funding


Map Economic Changes



IMPLAN’s input-output model analyzes supply chains and backward linkages at all levels of the economy including:

  • Workforce changes
  • Businesses locating to a region
  • Tourism events
  • Organization contributions
  • Multi-Region Input-Output


How MSU Accelerated Their Research Facility Funding


University Impact Analysis



Higher Ed institutions are crucial to the support of their communities. University impacts reach far beyond jobs supported or an initial investment. Quantify the regional economic benefits from university initiatives like: 

  • Operations
  • University programs
  • Student spending


How the University of Illinois’s Research Park Impacted the Economy


University Impact Analysis



Higher Ed institutions are crucial to the support of their communities. University impacts reach far beyond jobs supported or an initial investment. Quantify the regional economic benefits from university initiatives like: 

  • Operations
  • University programs
  • Student spending


How the University of Illinois’s Research Park Impacted the Economy


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Economic modeling can get complex very quickly. No matter what you’re trying to learn, we’re here to help.

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IMPLAN’s Customer Success Team is dedicated to proactively providing guidance and answering your questions along the way.

As a user, you will be assigned a Customer Success Manager (CSM). Your CSM is an IMPLAN specialist who serves as the main point of contact for general help and support.

This includes advice on economic best practices and resources while taking steps to help you realize the full value of IMPLAN.

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Enjoy World-Class, Personal Support



IMPLAN’s Customer Success Team is dedicated to proactively providing guidance and answering your questions along the way.

As a user, you will be assigned a Customer Success Manager (CSM). Your CSM is an IMPLAN specialist who serves as the main point of contact for general help and support.

This includes advice on economic best practices and resources while taking steps to help you realize the full value of IMPLAN.

Get in touch now

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“I want to do more business with you just because your product and service are so good.”

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“Honestly, I can’t believe how efficient you guys are when it comes to support!”

Marieta CavoSUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

“The support group was great. I got the data quickly, and the Governors of two states got preliminary estimates quickly, and the answer to my technical question was very helpful.”

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“Response by my customer support manager was rapid and very helpful, they even included a short video to help me find the data set I needed. First rate!”

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“Someone reached out in less than an hour from my request. I am very satisfied with the level of service.”

Miguel Delgado HelleseterCalifornia State University Channel Islands

Support Solutions Tailored to You



IMPLAN is devoted to your success, and sometimes an economist’s expertise is necessary. Take your support a step further with a Level 2 Service Agreement.


  • SERVICE
  • IMPLAN Platform Support
  • Economic Study Best Practices
  • Data Use Ideation
  • Access to In-House Economist
  • Economist Analysis Guidance
  • Economist Reporting Guidance
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  • LEVEL 2 SERVICE AGREEMENT

Committed to Your Project Credibility


Here’s what’s available on an a-la-carte basis in addition to the services listed above.

Project Consultation



With a Project Consultation, IMPLAN will pair you with one of our IMPLAN economists for an up to 60-minute consultation to answer your project-specific questions. Whether you are just getting started or wrapping up your analysis, an economist can coach you through the process.

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Project Review



Have your IMPLAN study and report reviewed by the experts who know IMPLAN best. Submit your IMPLAN Models and finished report prior to publication for a review by 2 IMPLAN economists. Within 3 business days, IMPLAN will provide you with written feedback and suggestions based on our review for an up to 50-page report. Once you receive our feedback, we’ll schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with 1 economist to answer further questions and provide additional service. 

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Come to IMPLAN HQ for Economic Training



These classroom style trainings, led by IMPLAN economists, will equip you with the tools and insights necessary to run your own, unique impact analysis. 

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Come to IMPLAN HQ for Economic Training



These classroom style trainings, led by IMPLAN economists, will equip you with the tools and insights necessary to run your own, unique impact analysis. 

See our upcoming training dates

24/7 Economic Knowledge



You can access the IMPLAN Knowledge Base, Users Guide, IMPLAN Community Forum, and more online at your convenience. Browse our robust support library.

Explore the support library

24/7 Economic Knowledge



You can access the IMPLAN Knowledge Base, Users Guide, IMPLAN Community Forum, and more online at your convenience. Browse our robust support library.

Explore the support library

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IMPLAN Data Sources

What are IMPLAN’s Data Sources?

Economic data is collected by a vast number of government entities. While each individual group assembles data within their own framework, IMPLAN’s data scientists convert this raw data into a consistent form for your individualized use. So what sources provide the foundation for IMPLAN?

Main Raw Data Sources



  • National Income and Product Accounts (NIPAs) – Serve as governing controls for the majority of data elements (e.g., total U.S. employment, GDP, capital investment, personal consumption expenditure (PCE) spending)
  • Benchmark I-O tables – Source of production functions
  • Regional Economic Accounts (REA) – Source of employee compensation (EC) and proprietor employment and Income
  • GDP-by-State Series – Source of output for farming, manufacturing, and other sectors
  • Other data from BEA: Past-year deflators, State-level tax data, County-level personal income, Net commuting rates

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

  • Census of Agriculture – Source of county-level farm-sector output
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) – Source of state-level value of production for farm sectors
  • Economic Research Service (ERS) – Source of state-level sales for farm sectors

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Quarterly Covered Employment and Wages (QCEW) Data – Source of county-level wage and salary employment and income
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) – Allows breaking out of the NIPA PCE data among IMPLAN’s 9 household income categories

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

  • County Business Patterns (CBP) – Source of establishment counts by employment size-classes to the zip-code level
  • Annual Survey of Manufacturers (ASM) – Source of output and inventory for manufacturing sectors
  • U.S.-level construction sector output
  • U.S.-level foreign exports and imports
  • Census of Government Finances – Source of revenue and spending by state, county, and city governments

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



Main Raw Data Sources



  • National Income and Product Accounts (NIPAs) – Serve as governing controls for the majority of data elements (e.g., total U.S. employment, GDP, capital investment, personal consumption expenditure (PCE) spending)
  • Benchmark I-O tables – Source of production functions
  • Regional Economic Accounts (REA) – Source of employee compensation (EC) and proprietor employment and Income
  • GDP-by-State Series – Source of output for farming, manufacturing, and other sectors
  • Other data from BEA: Past-year deflators, State-level tax data, County-level personal income, Net commuting rates

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

  • Census of Agriculture – Source of county-level farm-sector output
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) – Source of state-level value of production for farm sectors
  • Economic Research Service (ERS) – Source of state-level sales for farm sectors

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Quarterly Covered Employment and Wages (QCEW) Data – Source of county-level wage and salary employment and income
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) – Allows breaking out of the NIPA PCE data among IMPLAN’s 9 household income categories

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

  • County Business Patterns (CBP) – Source of establishment counts by employment size-classes to the zip-code level
  • Annual Survey of Manufacturers (ASM) – Source of output and inventory for manufacturing sectors
  • U.S.-level construction sector output
  • U.S.-level foreign exports and imports
  • Census of Government Finances – Source of revenue and spending by state, county, and city governments

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



Supplemental Raw Data Sources



Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) 

  • Source of railroad employee data (since they are not covered by Federal unemployment insurance programs)

United States Forest Service Federal Timber Sales Data

  • Source of county-level, current-year data with no non-disclosures for federal timber sales

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

  • Source of higher education employment

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Statistics Division

  • Source of commercial fishing output

Read about IMPLAN’s data sources and collection processes

Supplemental Raw Data Sources



Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) 

  • Source of railroad employee data (since they are not covered by Federal unemployment insurance programs)

United States Forest Service Federal Timber Sales Data

  • Source of county-level, current-year data with no non-disclosures for federal timber sales

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

  • Source of higher education employment

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Statistics Division

  • Source of commercial fishing output

Read about IMPLAN’s data sources and collection processes

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