The Kansas Economic Development Conference
Economic Gardening: Growing Local Opportunity
May 20 – 21, 2009
Junction City, Kansas
The theme of this year's conference, "Economic Gardening: Growing Local Opportunity," is a concept developed in Littleton Colorado in the 1980s by Chris Gibbons. (http://www.littletongov.org/bia/economicgardening/default.asp)
What is Economic Gardening?
"Economic gardening" is an innovative, entrepreneur-based development strategy that helps communities grow their own jobs. Often contrasted with "economic hunting" strategies that aim to recruit development opportunities from outside the community, economic gardening is designed to "grow your own" jobs through entrepreneurial activity within the community.