The best way to decide if Economic Gardening is right for your city, region or state is to launch a pilot program. Pilot programs open doors and open minds, providing a way to minimize risk and give your organization, companies and stakeholders direct insight into the process and results. The following must be in place to contract with the NCEG:
- The ability to recruit a minimum of five second-stage company participants
- Funding at $4,290 per company (see below for cost break-outs)
- A designated organization with point person to take the lead
- Appropriate partnerships to assist in company recruitment
- A willingness to work with companies after their engagement
To get started, contact Penny Lewandowski.
Program costs and services
The cost for each company engagement is $4,290 and covers the following:
- 36 hours of assistance
- Fees for the NSRT members committed to providing the best service possible for your companies
- The Greenhouse Software System, a secure online application/collaboration space
- A virtual tutorial to help you navigate the Greenhouse
- Coordination to schedule your companies upon acceptance
Feedback from CEOs
Medford Roofing in Memphis, Tennessee, learned howto hone its competitive edge. As a result the company increased staff from five to 19 full-time employees within nine months of its Economic Gardening engagement.
“Participating in the Economic Gardening program really sped up the learning curve for me,” says founder Meghan Medford. “The research team is comprised
of highly intelligent people who provide you information you can’t get otherwise.”
“Now we’re information rich,” says Erick Stewart, president of the Battle Creek-based company. “If we had to compile that data on our own, it would have taken years. Plus some of the research specialists had hands-on experience with industries we wanted to pursue and were able to provide valuable insights.”
“As an established business, you hear about all the activity to recruit outside companies and think, ‘What about companies like mine that are already here and employing people?’ ” says president Vern Fleming. “To have something like Economic Gardening that supports existing businesses is a real benefit; it recognizes the contributions that we are making to the economy.”
“I’m more invigorated about growing the business than I used to be,” says co-founder Anne Hed. “Participating in Economic Gardening has given me the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and go for it. If we stay on task, we can double our business in five years.”
Certification and training
The majority of Economic Gardening programs use our National Strategic Research Team (NSRT) for their company engagements. If you’re interested in joining the NSRT or just want to take a deeper dive into Economic Gardening, learn more about our certification and training.
What people are saying ...
“Economic Gardening is a very tangible way to support economic development in your region. What makes the program so different is how it addresses specific challenges that second-stagers are facing.”
— Denise Beigbeder, program manager at the Hennepin-Carver-Anoka-Ramsey-Scott Economic Gardening Program