Intelligent Community Forum: Economic Gardening Strategy


“We began Littleton’s economic gardening project with the idea that “economic gardening” was a better approach for Littleton than “economic hunting.” By this, we meant that we intended to grow our own jobs through entrepreneurial activity instead of recruiting them. The idea was based on research by David Birch at MIT that indicated the great majority of all new jobs in any local economy were produced by the small, local businesses of the community. The recruiting coups drew major newspaper headlines, but they were a minor part (often less than 5 percent) of job creation in most local economies.”

Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

Littleton’s Economic Gardening link:



Filed under Economic Development, Minnesota, Red Wing, Red Wing City Council, Red Wing Port Authority, Sustainability

2 responses to “Intelligent Community Forum: Economic Gardening Strategy

  1. Carol Duff

    I love this concept!

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