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 are selected each year, across the entire Twin Cities metro region, to participate in the eight-month Economic Gardening Program.

More information on Economic Gardening from the Edward Lowe Foundation

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.

About the Program

Learn more about the eligibility requirements and register to access the online application on the program website.

Fees: Costs are covered by the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County and other participating jurisdictions.

Time: Accepted companies will spend about 60 hours over the course of eight months collaborating with their research team.  Participants will also attend CEO roundtables and forums.  (Attendance is mandatory for at least six of the eight roundtables and three of the four forums.) 

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