This course features a community economic development business retention and expansion (BRE) model. This approach includes three key steps and broad-based community involvement that allows both volunteers and professionals to connect with businesses.
In addition, the course infuses discussion and content on professional, continuous BRE visitation approaches — examining the relationship and differences between continuous BRE methods and the community economic development approach. You will learn how different BRE approaches can be valuable for your economic development situation.
This two-day BRE immersion includes:
- Presentations, video, role-play, individual and small group work, and plenty of discussion.
- Practice visits to real businesses.
- Guest experts who provide BRE tips and stories.
- Chance to get to know other economic developers and expand your network.
- No course paper or homework — you have the opportunity to think about the best BRE approach for your situation.
The course is designed for economic and community development professionals and stakeholders, community leaders and others who want to conduct a community-led BRE effort.
Costs and discounts
- Individual (per person): $600
- Community members/teams*:
- 2 person team: $900
- 3–5 person team: $1,200
- Full-time student: $110 — email your transcript to Michael Darger prior to registering
Lunch provided on both days.
*Community-led BRE is all about teamwork, so we encourage teams to attend training together. We offer team discounts for groups from a town or city, county, school district, or other groups of contiguous communities.
Register before Wednesday, October 6.
Everyone who completes the course:
- Receives a certificate of accomplishment from University of Minnesota Extension.
- Meets a course requirement to receive a Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) certification and one-year membership for $75. BREI is an international association that promotes and educates about BRE.