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Retaining businesses case studies and stories

Through business survey results and sustained community action, cities and counties have strengthened their business retention and expansion efforts. University of Minnesota Extension examined communities with successful outcomes in 2006.

These case studies tell their stories.

Project: Leadership succession planning

Alexandria, Minnesota (population 11,323)

Read case study on Alexandria

Project: Community image

Faribault, Minnesota (population 30,000)

Read case study on Faribault

Project: Industrial park

Grants Pass, Oregon (population 81,686)

Read case study on Grants Pass

Project: Business excellence resource centre

Nottawasaga, Ontario (population 103,925)

Read case study on Nottawasaga

Project: City beautification

Owatonna, Minnesota (population 24,725)

Read case study on Owatonna

New housing for a small town

Spurred by its business retention and expansion findings, Menahga, Minnesota began a new housing project. The small town of 1,300 people won an award from Business Retention and Expansion International for the outcomes they achieved.

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We like to hear from communities about their use of business retention and expansion techniques and results. If you have a video or story, please send them to an educator near you.

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