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December 26, 2012View for printing

Economic gardening, he said, was pioneered in Littleton, Colo., in the 1980s, when that state was in a recession. An alternative to traditional economic development practices, it is based on the work of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher who noticed that most jobs in any community are created by existing, high-growth small businesses.

The economic gardening program administered by NetWork Kansas focuses on such companies, asking communities to identify three to seven such businesses with five to 100 employees and revenue between $600,000 and $50 million.

By Rob Roberts

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