By: Anne Dewvall
Initial results from the 28 companies who participated in the NetWork kansas economic gardening pilot program are favorable, showing growth in both employment and revenue of approximately 30% on average. The economic gardening pilot program officially closed in 2012 and our staff has been busy completing follow-up visits with the CEOs of the 28 participating companies. Determining the long-term impact of economic gardening engagements is paramount for improving the program and assessing sustainability.
After the conclusion of the pilot program, the Kansas Economic Gardening Network
was officially launched as one of NetWork Kansas' core offerings and is currently accepting applications for community economic gardening engagements (Read: News Release: NetWork Kansas Awards Johnson County, the City of Parsons, and the City of Wichita Economic Gardening Engagements to Spur Business Growth
But, fewer than 3 years after the pilot program opened its doors, the results are encouragingly positive. During the pilot program, second-stage growth companies headquartered in Kansas were able to apply for and receive free economic gardening engagements - specialized consulting services and deliverables from a national team of experts. The companies had to meet a variety of requirements to qualify but those that participated received thousands of dollars worth of services - and many were quick to see a difference in their bottom line (See: Economic gardening interviews
The results we have seen so far have more than justified the continuation of the program and we're excited to be able to offer Kansas communities the opportunity to add another economic development "tool" to their "toolbox".
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Communities interested in learning more about the opportunity available to apply for economic gardening services are invited to contact Corey Mohn, Director of Statewide Programs
for NetWork Kansas. P: (785) 296-6611 E: firstname.lastname@example.org