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Economic Gardening Program
Economic Gardening
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.

Business Requirements
  • Be a for-profit, privately held company headquartered and operating in Ramsey County and/or the City of Saint Paul.
  • Have between $1 million and $50 million in annual revenue.
  • Employ 10 to 99 full-time equivalent W-2 employees, including the owner.
  • Maintained its principal place of business in Ramsey County and/or in the City of Saint Paul for at least the previous 2 years.
  • Demonstrated growth in either revenue or employees in 2 of the last 5 years.
  • Provide product(s) and/or services beyond current service area to regional and/or international markets.

Saint Paul and Ramsey County businesses that meet program criteria are encouraged to apply online. Register your email address to access the online application here.

For more information contact:
Ellen Muller, Economic Development Manager
City of Saint Paul – Planning and Economic Development

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