Greenup Industries

20 Apr, 2018
“Before Economic Gardening, we didn’t have any kind of strategy," says Rodney Greenup. "Now we have one that defines what we will look like and who we will do business with.”

Out of Africa: Savanna restoration at Big Rock Valley

10 Apr, 2018
Once widespread throughout the Midwest, oak savannas have become an endangered habitat — something we’re trying to change at our headquarters property...

QDS Systems

9 Apr, 2018
“I really liked the pace,” says Stan Prutz, CEO of QDS Systems. “It didn’t drag on, and it was self-directed, which was important. The researchers focused on what we asked for.”

Grand Traverse Pie Co.

5 Apr, 2018
"The researchers weren’t telling us what to do, we were working together with them,” says Mike Busley, president of Grand Traverse Pie Co. in Traverse City, Michigan.

The importance of outside voices in our communities

3 Apr, 2018
There’s a new book on the market that presents a practical and comprehensive view of how to build an entrepreneurial infrastructure in our communities...

Spotlight Louisiana: Honoring LED’s Growth Network

28 Mar, 2018
When we began hosting the National Center for Economic Gardening, Louisiana was one of the first states to come on board. And over the years it’s become one of our strongest ...

Leadership lessons from Joe Maddon

27 Feb, 2018
A great read from Tom Verducci, “The Cubs Way” examines a number of changes that transformed the Cubs organization, including Joe Maddon’s leadership style. Many of Maddon’s principles have particular relevance ...

Managing yourself: Achieving equilibrium in an electronic age

21 Feb, 2018
Work-life balance has become a big buzzword in today’s society. And though data doesn’t necessarily show that Americans are working more hours today, we often feel that way...

Into the woods: managing for environmental diversity

24 Jan, 2018
Dan Wyant takes a look at the foundation's biennial timber harvest, which plays a major role in controlling the types of trees that grow at Big Rock Valley.

The unexpected success: How narrowly focusing on specific goals could harm your community

16 Jan, 2018
During my trip to Tuscany I looked forward to seeing beautiful gardens and window boxes. But the sight of flowers growing straight out of a brick wall was unexpected...