The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has developed the community Growth Initiative (CGI) program to facilitate economic development in the region.
The CGI incorporates an Asset-Based Community Development model to address the strengths and resources of the community. To date, 51 communities in the 20-county region have undergone the CGI process with projects that target early childhood education or entrepreneurial activity.
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Federal Programs Related to - Regional Economic Development
Programs that provide technical assistance, venture capital, loans, loan guarantees or other forms of management support to encourage the establishment and growth of business and industry in a particular region of the United States.
Federal Programs Related to - Community Economic Development
Programs that provide technical assistance and funds to help communities retain and recycle income within the community by investing in the development of local institutions and businesses.
Business Growth; Business Loans; Economic Growth; Economic Transformation; Real Estate Organizations; Socioeconomic Development; Technology Transfer; Transfer of Technology; Urban Enterprise Zones