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)
Project: Community image
Faribault, Minnesota (population 30,000)
Project: Industrial park
Grants Pass, Oregon (population 81,686)
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.
Have a community story to share?
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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