History

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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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IMPLAN is driven by three broad categories of values. These affect every aspect of our business and practice both internally and with our customers


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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. 

Explore IMPLAN’s History

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