#270. Economic Gardening Webinar – March 22, 2010

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Economic Gardening Webinar – March 22, 2010

We’ve been on a roll these past couple of weeks, sharing news with our readers about one of our favorite subjects: entrepreneurism. This week is no different.

We are very pleased to provide information on an upcoming webinar produced by Eric P. Canada of Blane, Canada Ltd., a nationally recognized authority on economic development marketing and business retention. The webinar will feature Chris Gibbons of Littleton, CO. Mr. Gibbons is co-inventor (along with city manager Jim Woods) and the face of “Economic Gardening,” an entrepreneurial approach to economic development. Chris has run the economic gardening project for the City of Littleton for 22 years. From the period 1990 to 2009 the number of jobs in Littleton doubled from 15,000 to over 30,000 and sales tax revenues more than tripled from $6 to $21 million. The City did not recruit one industry during this period, nor did it offer one cent in incentives or tax rebates.

Economic Gardening is increasingly gaining attention among economic developers. It is entering the main stream of consciousness as an accepted principle of economic development. Economic Gardening is rapidly approaching the tipping point. It focuses on helping companies achieve sales growth, drawing new money into communities and/or keeping money from leaking out to increase economic circulation within the community.

Chris will lead his guests through the ins-and-outs of economic gardening. Chris and his team in Littleton hand-invented, crafted, and tested the pieces and parts that make up economic development gardening today.

What you will learn
· Strategies, Techniques, and Tips
· Core Elements of an Economic Gardening Strategy
· North American and Global Trends in Economic Gardening
· What’s Working
· What’s Not Working
· Launching an Economic Gardening Program

For more information, or to sign up for the webinar, which will be held March 22nd, please visit here.