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Sahuarita, Arizona

"We specifically wrote into our grant, Locally-Based Entrepreneurs in Sahuarita: Building an Entrepreneurial Culture, that a major part of this initial effort would involve bringing in experts in the field of economic gardening and in the development of entrepreneurial communities so that Sahuarita could benefit from expertise in these fields and from the experiences in communities outside our region. Your work and this report is fantastic, and has more than achieved that goal for us! Please let us thank you again for sharing your knowledge, wisdom, insights, and expertise with us"

—Maile L. Nadelhoffer, Senior Research Economist, Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona, Tucson.

Port St. Lucie, Florida

"Christine and Growing Local Economies were very instrumental in helping us execute the implementation of our regional economic gardening efforts. We had a lot of input and numerous ideas on how to coordinate an economic gardening project covering four counties. Christine kept us focused on how to proceed and provided real-world experience in making it happen. She kept the partners in the project on point and followed a firm timeline to deliver focused training and a strategic plan."

—Michael Corbit, Economic Gardening Coordinator, Florida's Research Coast.

Portland, Oregon

"Growing Local Economies produced a great strategic economic gardening plan. Since our EG program is to be regional in nature, the project is inherently complex. GLE quickly assessed our local situation and helped us put together a concrete plan that involved the coordination of a diverse set of organizations and jurisdictions. They provided us with a terrific product at a very reasonable cost."

—David Beam, Chair of Economic Gardening Task Force, Portland Regional Economic Development Partners

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We provide strategic consulting services to communities and organizations exploring how to develop an entrepreneurial support program by leveraging their local assets. We can help you determine your next steps in implementation, whether you want to start an economic gardening project or explore other options.

We have extensive experience in implementing and running an economic gardening project, including the nuts and bolts of providing competitive research services to small and growing businesses. We also have in-depth knowledge of other programs and tools that are available to help communities grow their economies.

Recent consulting and training clients, many in partnership with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, have included:

    Sahuarita, Arizona, The Economic and Business Research Center, Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona, Tucson
    BitterRoot Economic Development District (BREDD) Economic Gardening Project, Missoula, Ravalli and Mineral Counties, Montana
    Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, Fond du Lac Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC),
    Florida's Research Coast Economic Gardening Project, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties, Florida
    Douglas County, Colorado, Economic Development
    Arcata, California, Humboldt State University Economic Development Office
    Santa Fe, New Mexico, Regional Development Corporation
    Tuscola County and Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan, Economic Gardening Pilot Project
    Portland, Oregon, Portland Regional Economic Development Partners

Call or email us to discuss the details of your community's needs.

Consulting is offered for a minimum of one-half day (four hours).

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