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GrowFlorida Economic Gardening Program Report - November 2009 through May 2013 YTD, including projections through 2015

May 18, 2013View for printing

If you need hard info about Economic Gardening results, take a look at http://www.matr.net/files/GrowFLProgram2009-2013.pdf .

Florida http://www.growfl.com/ was the first statewide program initiated over 3 years ago and it has been the most extensively studied by third parties including their state auditor.

Florida has done everything right including developing a statewide hub and spoke network, getting extensive and ongoing training for their staff, two years of shadowing and mentoring, acquiring the right tools, developing the right relationships with local ED personnel (with regular webinar meetings managed by Tammie Nemecek) and using an active and continuous public media campaign.

Our partnership with the University of Central Florida in Orlando (the second largest campus in the country with 65,000 students) has been exemplary. The school has a history of partnering on all kinds of projects and the entrepreneurial orientation (they run a number of incubators) is the perfect culture for hosting an EG program. Dr. Tom O'Neal and his staff including Fran Korosec and Robin Phelps have guided this program through a number of rapids and still produced outstanding results--right through the heart of the Great Recession.

Chris Gibbons, Founder National Center for Economic Gardening https://nationalcentereg.org/
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