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"As a growing business attempting to penetrate a national church supply and furniture market, ChurchPartner was in need of extensive research into this potential national market and, specifically, our competition in those areas. Through the great efforts of Christine Hamilton-Pennell and her group, we were able to gather significant data that helped us better plan our marketing and sales strategies. Christine brought us pertinent information on specific internet and catalog based competition that included their sales history, corporate structure and new market penetration. This information guided us to better understand what strengths we had over this competition and how better to position our company in the market. As a result, we have experienced double digit growth, even during economic downturns. Christine helped us focus our limited marketing budget toward our strengths and make better use of our sales force."

—Rick Emmelhainz, ChurchPartner Resource and Distribution Service, Inc.

See Stanford Social Innovation Review article, Winter 2010, "Grow Your Own," which profiles ChurchPartner and discusses economic gardening.

"During the four+ years that Christine was employed as an Economic Intelligence Specialist by the City of Littleton, I frequently utilized her research skills and expertise for a wide variety of issues including the following representative sample:

  • Survey of financial support by other Colorado municipalities for performing arts centers and theaters.
  • Survey of the legal and financial basis of locally designated historic preservation districts in Colorado.
  • Projected residential construction for the greater Littleton market area, including Highlands Ranch.
  • National research on the economic impact of “big box” stores on local merchants.
  • Estimates of sales tax revenues received by the city from telecommunication companies.
  • Survey of financial incentive policies of Denver metro area municipalities targeted to retail development.

In almost every case, these were “real time” policy issues that I was discussing with the city council, and the requested turn-around times were very short. Christine consistently provided a very through response of the available data, and also identified areas where data was missing or appeared to be weak, which is a critical factor in presenting options to the city council. "

—Jim Woods, City Manager, City of Littleton, Colorado

"Christine was a part of our internationally recognized Economic Gardening team at Littleton, Colorado for more than four years. She provided high quality research and reports to Littleton businesses covering key areas of core strategy, market research, industry trends, competitor intelligence and customized research. Her research, writing and analysis skills are impeccable."

—Chris Gibbons, Director, Business/Industry Affairs, City of Littleton


Strategic Research Services

We provide strategic research services to support economic and business development. Clients include government entities (state, county and local), nonprofit groups, trade associations and companies of all sizes.

Recent research projects completed by Growing Local Economies:

  • Custom report on the advertising industry, providing an overview of the market, identifying market trends (growth, size, segmentation) and providing a targeted analysis of the effectiveness of different advertising media tailored to the client's industry.

  • Review and summary of metrics used to measure the environmental impact of company green efforts, including telecommuting and telework measures.

  • Environmental scan and analysis of publishers and titles in a specialized professional niche for a small trade association publisher.

  • Analysis of resident businesses in a large metropolitan region, including types and sizes of firms and identification of traded sector companies.

Contact us to discuss your research project and find out how we can help you get the competitive information you need.

720-394-5270, christine@growinglocaleconomies.com

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