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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

Business retention and recovery cohort

Event information


Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - Wednesday, November 25, 2020


12 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.




Michael Darger, University of Minnesota Extension
Business retention and expansion program lead
darger@umn.edu or 612-625-6246

COVID-19 has resulted in immediate, long-term challenges for community economic development. The sudden emergence of these challenges, and the constant influx of change during the past few months, has created uncertainty for many economic development professionals. Tasks and missions changed overnight, federal and state programs emerged quickly, and physical distancing required a rethinking of how to best connect and engage businesses. 

To help you navigate, Extension is offering an online peer-to-peer learning program to help you find answers and guidance to what lies ahead for community economic development. During this cohort program you will:

  • Benefit from peer-to-peer interactions, learning and skill building about business retention and recovery for local economies.
  • Build a network of peers striving to navigate this unparalleled situation.
  • Strengthen confidence and ability to address unknown or uncomfortable aspects and issues emerging from COVID-19. 
  • Address racial and socioeconomic inequities in the recovery.
  • Develop knowledge and skills to create an economic recovery plan for your community.

Who should join this Minnesota cohort? Economic development professionals, convention and visitors bureau and tourism professionals, chamber of commerce executives and board members, officials on economic development authority, housing and redevelopment authority, and other local development boards.




Registration deadline Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

The cohort sessions will take place on these Wednesdays:

  • Aug. 19
  • Sept. 2
  • Sept. 16
  • Sept. 30
  • Oct. 14
  • Oct. 28
  • Nov. 11
  • Nov. 25

The sessions will be held 9-10:30 a.m. Each session is 90 minutes.

Visit the Business Retention and Recovery course page for more details about this cohort program.

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