On February 17, Bozeman held its fi rst ever eco-
nomic development summit where in two separate
sessions, the public could listen to and participate
in a discussion on ‘economic gardening,’ a tactic
designed to support and grow local business before
spending resources to recruit large companies to the
The sessions were designed to inform small
businesses of the strategic moves the city is taking
to improve collaboration within the business community.
Dan Ripke, a national leader in economic gardening
strategy, addressed the importance of three key
facets to a successful economic gardening program:
providing critical information to businesses, invest-
ing in a functional infrastructure that contributes to
a high quality of life, and encouraging innovation
through active connections.
Join the Economic Development Council’s second
session on February 24 at 7 a.m. at the Best Western
Gran Tree Inn for a follow-up to Ripke’s presenta-
tion and roundtable discussion groups. A.D.
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