The City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County, in partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation and the National Center for Economic Gardening (NCEG), are participating in a metro-wide Economic Gardening Program aimed at connecting seasoned businesses with strategic research, facilitated CEO discussions, and access to a team of specialists that provide expert knowledge in their respective fields. The program provides free tools and resources for companies looking to take their business to the next level.
Economic Gardening takes an entrepreneurial approach to regional prosperity. Often referred to as a “grow from within” strategy, it helps existing companies within a community grow larger. In contrast to traditional business assistance, Economic Gardening focuses on strategic growth challenges, such as developing new markets, refining business models and gaining access to competitive intelligence. Economic Gardening specialists help CEOs identify which issues are hindering their growth and then leverage sophisticated tools to deliver insights and information that CEOs can apply immediately.
Only 45 companies will be selected across the Twin Cities metro region to participate in the eight-month Economic Gardening Program.