Economic Gardening

What is Economic Gardening?
It was pioneered by Chris Gibbons in 1989 in the city of Littleton, Colo., a community that in the ensuing 15 years saw a 136 percent increase in new jobs. While it was introduced as a demonstration program to deal with the sudden erosion of economic conditions following the relocation of the largest employer in the city at that time, it has emerged as a prototype for a rapidly expanding movement to generate truly sustainable economic growth for communities, regions and states.

What is GrowFL?
The Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida was established in 2009. Initially funded by the Florida Legislature, the Institute has provided services via the State of Florida’s Economic Gardening Technical Assistance Pilot Program, known as GrowFL. With various partnerships throughout the state, including Orange County and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, the Institute collaborates with statewide partners to support the growth of second-stage businesses through localized entrepreneurial ecosystems.

How do I get involved?
Reap the benefits of professional technical assistance, events and seminars and CEO roundtables. Apply to the Florida Economic Gardening Institute today. APPLY NOW

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Economic Gardening around the Nation
This map illustrates the number of Economic Gardening Projects throughout the United States. Economic Gardening embraces strategies to grow existing second-stage businesses. It is an innovative entrepreneur-centered economic growth strategy that offers balance to the traditional economic practice of business recruitment, often referred to as economic hunting. The initiatives shown here were gathered from a number of sources and represent both state and regional level projects. Regional level projects focus on a city, county or regional area.


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