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Longmont Economic Gardening Initiative
Longmont Economic Gardening Initiative (LEGI)

- Giving Small Business A Leg Up!

The Longmont Economic Gardening Initiative (LEGI) is a program created through a collaborative effort among the Economic Alliance Partners to meet the needs of Longmont’s small business community. This is accomplished by leveraging public and community resources to create and retain local jobs and to promote business expansion, thereby increasing sales and tax revenue. Benefits include data analysis, training resources, strategic planning in addition to competitive and industry intelligence.

Economic Alliance Partners

• City of Longmont
350 Kimbark Street
• Front Range Community College,
3645 W. 112th Avenue, Westminster
• Latino Chamber of Boulder County,
505 Main Street
• Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce,
528 Main Street
• Longmont Area Economic Council,
528 Main Street
• Longmont Area Visitor Association,
528 Main Street
• Longmont Downtown Development Authority,
528 Main Street
• Longmont Entrepreneurial Network
2400 Trade Center Avenue
• Small Business Development Center,
2440 Pearl Street, Boulder

How is the LEGI funded?
The Longmont City Council has earmarked $50,000 for the program. The Economic Alliance carefully identified how to maximize this investment for computer hardware, databases, program marketing, and some counseling services. In-kind contributions from the Economic Alliance members include meeting space, supplemental marketing services, academic counseling, and Spanish translation.

Who can participate in the LEGI?
Any business in Longmont is eligible to participate.

How much does it cost?
Basic services are FREE! There may be a low cost or nominal fee for more extensive or ongoing data analysis. Optional resources or services are available and may incur additional fees.

How do I apply?
A packet of information that includes a description of services and an application can be obtained from any of the Economic Alliance Partners. Completed applications should be submitted to the City of Longmont, attention Economic Development Manager.

What happens next?
Upon submitting your application to the City of Longmont, you will be contacted by LEGI staff to participate in an interview session to discuss the program and your business in more detail and to determine an appropriate level of service. LEGI staff will work closely with all applicants throughout the process, obtaining feedback and providing guidance where necessary.

Where will services be available?
Initial interviews and business counseling will be conducted at Front Range Community College. Additional training resources offered or recommended will be available throughout Longmont and Boulder County.

When will the LEGI begin operating?
July 1, 2006